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Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmodern Era : Cambridge Studies in International Relations - Christine Sylvester

Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmodern Era

Cambridge Studies in International Relations

Paperback Published: 9th May 1994
ISBN: 9780521459846
Number Of Pages: 280

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This book evaluates the major debates around which the discipline of international relations has developed in the light of contemporary feminist theories. The three debates (realist versus idealist, scientific versus traditional, modernist versus postmodernist) have been subject to feminist theorising since the earliest days of known feminist activities, with the current emphasis on feminist, empiricist standpoint and postmodernist ways of knowing. Christine Sylvester shows how feminist theorising could have affected our understanding of international relations had it been included in the three debates. She elaborates a feminist method of empathetically cooperative conversation which challenges the identity politics of IR, and illustrates that method with reference to the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp and the efforts of Zimbabwean women to negotiate international funding for their local producer cooperatives.

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"The 'coversation' (as opposed to yet another debate) Sylvester hopes to stimulate among feminists inside and outside IR, other critics of IR, and even IR proponents is an urgent one in the face of the new world (dis)order." Anne Sisson Runyan, Women & Politics

Acknowledgementsp. x
Introduction: contestations and el(l)e-phantsp. 1
Sketches of feminism's first wave in anticipation of chapter 1p. 20
The palette of feminist epistemologies and practicesp. 30
The early field of IR -- musings, assertions, debates, and (now) Feminist interruptionsp. 68
The second debate in ir revisited by feministsp. 100
The third debate in IR visited by feministsp. 140
Feminist homesteadings of security and cooperationp. 169
Repainting the canvases of IRp. 209
Notesp. 227
Referencesp. 240
Indexp. 262
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ISBN: 9780521459846
ISBN-10: 0521459842
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 9th May 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.41