Feminist Theory and Gender Studies

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For most of its history, both the practice and the theory of international politics have been dominated by men and masculinity. In the 1980s, (mostly women) scholars of international politics began to ask where women are, both among world leaders and in International Relations (IR) classrooms, journals, and books. They found that it is not that women are absent from global politics—quite the opposite, they are often crucial to even the everyday operations of interstate relations—it is just that they are often invisible. In response, beginning in the 1980s, the subfield of feminist work in IR has grown to ask and address a wide variety of questions about sex and gender in global politics and IR as a discipline.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Companion to International Relations
EditorsJoel Krieger
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9780199738878
Publication statusPublished - 22 Apr 2014


  • feminist theory
  • gender studies
  • feminist IR

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