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Global gender issues in the new millennium
Peterson, V. Spike.
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Third edition.
Publication Information:
Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2010]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 300 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: Global gender issues. 2nd ed. 1999.
Introduction: gender and global issues -- Gendered lenses on world politics -- Gender and global governance -- Gender and global security -- Gender and global political economy -- Gendered resistances.
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Global Gender Issues in the New Millenniumintroduces students to the gendered divisions of world politics today and reveals the power of gender as a meta-lens that keeps gender, race, class, sexual, and national divisions in place, despite limited advances of some women and men on the world political stage. In this completely new edition, the authors apply intersectional analysis to global governance, militarization, global economic restructuring, and environmental degradation. The authors focus on an apparent contradiction-the higher level of attention to gender and women's human rights in a time of fierce militarization, economic inequality, and ecological crisis-and address how the power of gender can be deconstructed to rethink gendered identities, ideologies, structures, and policies. The book emphasizes how using gender to justify or mystify unjust global practices can co-opt hard-won attention to gender equality but also sees promise in struggles to re-radicalize feminist world political demands to improve the conditions of all people and the planet. It also examines the challenges of de-gendering world politics through renewed politics of representation and redistribution.

Author Notes

V. Spike Peterson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Arizona, where she holds courtesy affiliations in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, and International Studies. Her books include Gendered States (1992) and A Critical Rewriting of Global Political Economy (2003).
Anne Sisson Runyan is a professor in and former head of the Department of Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, where she holds affiliations with the Department of Political Science and the Taft Research Center. Her publications include Gender and Global Restructuring (2000).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments to the Third Editionp. xi
Acknowledgments to the Second Editionp. xv
Acknowledgments to the First Editionp. xix
List of Acronymsp. xxi
1 Introduction: Gender and Global Issuesp. 1
Gender and Global Crisesp. 2
Gender Gains: Re-Positionings of Women and Men in World Politicsp. 8
Global Crises: Re-Masculinizations of World Politicsp. 18
Gender and Intersectional Analysis in IRp. 24
Mapping the Bookp. 28
2 Gendered Lenses on World Politicsp. 37
How Lenses Work and Why they Matterp. 38
World Politics Lensesp. 41
Politicizing Stereotypes, Dichotomies, and Ideologiesp. 47
Feminist Inquiry and Politicizing Genderp. 59
Denaturalizing Genderp. 60
The "Power of Gender" as a Meta-lensp. 65
Intersectional Analysis and "Feminization as Devalorization"p. 76
Feminist IR Lensesp. 79
Global Gendered, Racialized, and Sexualized Divisions of Power, Violence, and Labor and Resourcesp. 86
3 Gender and Global Governancep. 103
Feminist Approaches to Politicsp. 106
Women Actors in Global Governancep. 107
Barriers to Women's Participation in Global Governancep. 114
Institutionalizing Global Gender Equalityp. 124
Neoliberal Governmentality and the New Global Politics of Gender Equalityp. 135
Women in Politics Versus Feminist Politicsp. 137
4 Gender and Global Securityp. 143
Feminist Approaches to Securityp. 145
Gendered Securityp. 148
Women, Militaries, and Political Violencep. 152
Men, Militaries, and Gender Violencep. 162
Gendered Peacekeeping and Peacemakingp. 172
(De) Militarizing Feminismp. 176
Disarming Securityp. 180
5 Gender and Global Political Economyp. 183
Feminist Approaches to Global Political Economyp. 185
Women and Developmentp. 190
Women and Neoliberal Globalizationp. 192
Producing Consent and Crisisp. 196
Gendering Today's Globalized Economyp. 200
Gendered Politics of Consumptionp. 214
Gendered Resourcesp. 215
Gendered Divisions of Resourcesp. 217
Toward Resisting Neoliberalismp. 226
6 Gendered Resistancesp. 231
Feminist Resistance Politicsp. 231
Toward De-Gendering World Politicsp. 245
Web Resourcesp. 263
Referencesp. 267
About the Authorsp. 283
Indexp. 285