Feminism and International Relations: Towards a Political by Sandra Whitworth

By Sandra Whitworth

This e-book offers a critique of the self-discipline of diplomacy from a feminist point of view. The critique is constructed, first theoretically. Then the writer examines either feminist theories and theories of diplomacy as a way to constructing an method of international politics which includes an research of gender, and gender kin. The critique is secondly constructed in the course of the program of the concept of gender to the actions of 2 foreign associations, the overseas Parenthood Federation and the foreign Labour Organisation.

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76 For example, with the introduction of private property during the colonial period, it was women who tended to suffer more than men because they lost completely their access to traditional land-use rights. 7R The point here, of course, is that class and gender oppression work together rather than separately. Cynthia Enloe provides one of the most sustained accounts of the ways in which gender figures within both IR and IPE. She examines a whole series of issues including tourism, foreign domestic servants and Export Processing Zones, and the manner in which particular 'packages of expectations' associated with masculine and feminine behaviour are used to sustain and legitimise certain practices within IR.

Little Women, Little Man', New York Times, November 20, 1985, p. A30. Thorn, 'Women in International Organizations', pp. 175-9. Ibid. For a critique of the socialisation argument, and explanation of structural impediments in party and electoral politics in Canada, see Janine Brodie, Women and Politics in Canada (Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd, 1985). Barlow and Selin, 'Women and Arms Control in Canada', p. 10. J. Ann Tickner, 'Hans Morgenthau's Principles of Political Realism: A Feminist Reformulation', Mj{{ennium, 17(3), Winter 1988, p.

67 A critical/feminist IR theory also, then, picks up on postmodernist ideas that gender is a socially constructed inequality between women and men. However, this approach departs from postmodernism and argues that understandings about what are considered appropriate relationships between women and men can be discovered through an examination of particular material conditions and the habits, practices, and discourses of particular international actors and institutions. Thus, meanings do not simply 'emerge' from the play of power, but from the play of actors operating within particular circumstances.

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