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Gender constructions do not stop at state boundaries. According to Elisabeth Prügl, global understandings of masculinity and femininity can emerge out of the matrix of international politics. Proposing an innovative conception of global politics by de-emphasizing state actors and instead analyzing competing transnational discourses, The Global Construction of Gender focuses specifically on people who work at home for pay. Prügl explores the debates and rhetoric surrounding home-based workers that have taken place in global movements and multilateral organizations since the early 1900s in order to trace changing conceptions of gender over the course of this century.
The author describes the rules that have separated home and work and thus created a diverse array of gendered identities, including that of the working mother as a social problem, the wage-earning worker as a male breadwinner, the crafts-producing woman as the symbol of Third World nationhood, the woman micro-entrepreneur as the heroine of structural adjustment, and the new androgynous home-based consultant/freelancer/teleworker as the exemplary worker of a flexibly organized global economy.
Using feminist analysis in the examination of global politics, this book moves beyond the state-centric orientation of traditional international relations scholarship.
|Publisher:||Columbia University Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Elisabeth Prügl is associate professor of international relations at Florida International University.
Table of Contents1. Feminism, Constructivism, and the Global Politics of Home-Based Work
2. Motherly Women -- Breadwinning Men: Industrial Homework and the Construction of Western Welfare States
3. Supplemental Earners and National Essence: Home-Based Crafts Producers and Nation-Building in Post-Colonial States
4. Marginal Survivors or Nurturant Entrepreneurs: Home-Based Work in the Informal Sector
5. Fordist Gender Rules at Issue: The Debate over the ILO Convention on Homework
6. Fordist Class Categories at Issue: Are Homeworkers Employees or Self-Employed?
7. Studying Global Politics
Appendix: ILO Convention Concerning Home Work
What People are Saying About This
An original and innovative analysis of how constructivism's 'rules'approach can be relevant to research topics both in feminist studies and international relations.