Feminist Methodologies in International Relations

Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations

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Maria Tanyag

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Book chapter

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Maria Tanyag, ‘Feminist Methodologies in International Relations’, in Patrick James, ed., Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations, New York: Oxford University Press, 2018, DOI:10.1093/OBO/9780199743292-0235.

Feminist research in international relations (IR) challenges mainstream or predominant approaches by centering women’s lives and standpoints. Beginning in the late 1980s and aligning with critical scholars, feminists have challenged narrow definitions of international security as state and militarised security. First, IR feminists have made important contributions in theorizing and empirically demonstrating how violence and social inequalities that distinctly affect women’s daily lives are rooted in global power relations. Understanding the multilevel and multidimensional impacts of gender inequality is crucial to the study of global politics. Second, feminist research demonstrates that the inclusion of a gender perspective reconceptualises not just knowledge production in IR, but also its very practice. Doing research serves a political goal of attaining gender equality as part of a broader global justice project.

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