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Gender politics in global governance
Meyer, Mary K., 1957-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 315 pages ; 24 cm

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From the grassroots to the global, women's movements are taking on new arenas, new goals and strategies, and in some cases a whole new vocabulary. International organizations, nonstate actors, regimes and norms, and a host of globalizing forces, offer women and their representatives new opportunities and obstacles. This volume draws together a range of research that looks at the gendered nature of the institutions, practices and discourses of global governance. The contributors describe the spaces women have carved out in international organizations, the strategies women's movements have employed to influence international politics, and the ways in which movement activism has contested gendered rules in global governance.

Author Notes

Mary K. Meyer is associate professor of political science at Eckerd College. Elisabeth Prügl is assistant professor of international relations at Florida International University.

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This comprehensive collection focuses on international activism within and outside the United Nations. Meyer and Pr"ugl recruited a group of northern-based international relations scholars to produce a fine, well-organized volume. Historically, international relations (IR) has been the strong male bastion within the political science discipline and across other disciplines, but an energetic group of feminist theory and gender studies scholars within the International Studies Association have begun to change that. Meyer and Pr"ugl organized empirical and descriptive chapters in three categories: women's occupation of political spaces within the UN and affiliated nongovernment organizations, feminists' goals that shape global governance, and challenges to discourse and rules in governance and global civil society. Among the innovative chapters, readers will find Judith Stiehm on women within UN peacekeeping operations; Catherine Hoskyns on women in the questionable transnational democracy within the European Union; Amy Higer on tensions over pragmatism with the 1994 Cairo Population Conference; and trafficking in women, as Emek Ucarer suggests in her chapter subtitle "Alternative Migration of Modern Slave Trade?" This collection will complement and update Deborah Stienstra, Women's Movements and International Organizations (1994); Kathleen Staudt, ed., Women, International Development and Politics (1997); and Francine D'Amico and Peter Beckman, Women in World Politics (1995). General readers, graduate students, and faculty. K. Staudt; University of Texas at El Paso