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Gender and International Relations, 3rd Edition



Gender and International Relations, 3rd Edition

Jill Steans

ISBN: 978-0-745-66279-4 June 2013 Polity 288 Pages


The third edition of Jill Steans’ popular and highly respected text offers a comprehensive and up to date introduction to gender in international relations today. Its nine chapters have been fully revised and expanded to cover key issues, developments and debates in the field including:

  • the state and citizenship
  • gender, sexuality and human rights
  • conflict, peace and security
  • narratives and representational practices in international politics
  • global political economy
  • development and gender in global governance

Guiding students competently through complex theoretical and conceptual issues, the book is careful to ground its discussions in contemporary concerns, such as the War on Terror and its legacy, the ‘securitisation’ of human rights, the Arab Spring, the global financial crisis, contemporary challenges to global institutions, and ethical dilemmas that arise in negotiating gender issues and politics in a culturally diverse world. Each chapter features questions for reflection, seminar activities, further reading and web links to highlight key points and provide contemporary illustrations. A glossary of key terms is also included for easy reference.

Gender and International Relations will be essential reading for students and scholars of gender, international relations, global politics and related courses.

Acknowledgements page vi

Introduction 1

1. Gender in International Relations 7

2. Feminist International Relations 25

3. States, Nations and Citizenship 47

4. Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights 70

5. Confl ict, Peace and Violence 95

6. Security and Peacekeeping 116

7. Telling Stories 140

8. Global Political Economy 159

9. Global Governance 182

10. Transnational Feminist Politics 209

Conclusion 230

Glossary of Key Terms and Concepts 238

Notes 247

Extended Reading 271

Index 289

Each chapter is fully revised and expanded, and the book is now illustrated throughout

"An excellent and accessible survey of an increasingly complex field, outlining and contextualizing the debates in a way that is sure to provide students and lecturers with the tools needed for deeper exploration of the issues."
Feminist Women's Studies Association blog

"Encourages political scientists with more mainstream leanings to think about these concepts in a non-traditional way - there is much to learn and enjoy in this text."
LSE Review of Books

"Fully revised and refocused on 'theory, practice and policy,' this edition of Steans' already popular text is the best yet. She expertly synthesizes recent scholarship, bringing us up to date on 'gender and IR' while expanding discussion of emerging issues. In addition to the accessibility, coherence and comprehensive coverage we have come to expect, Steans provides new pedagogical features that will be welcomed by students and teachers alike."
V. Spike Peterson, University of Arizona

"Accessible and comprehensive as it is innovative, this new revised text is well crafted, simultaneously raising nuanced issues about gender and IR, and in an accessible manner for the student of the 21st century. Its clarity and its illustrative materials bring gender and IR to life. Combining major theories of international relations with multidisciplinary approaches to the study and practice of gender, this text provides students with critical tools necessary to understand and creatively assess the gendered effects of the complex forces shaping our world today."
Anna M. Agathangelou, York University

"This book synthesizes the ever growing debate on how immensely gender matters in international relations. It covers the depth and breadth of gender-aware IR scholarship, feminist and non-feminist alike, and brings to light its important contributions to understanding political practice and to theory building. Jill Steans provides all this information in a delightfully accessible way. Students who are curious about how the world works will find a lot of first class answers in her book."
Susanne Zwingel, State University of New York at Potsdam

  • A fully updated new edition of this leading guide to the field
  • Examines a wealth of issues and perspectives including human rights, global governance and global political economy
  • Fully informed by contemporary issues including the war no terror and the Arab Spring
  • Equipped with a range of pedagogical features for a student readership