International Relations Theories: Discipline and Diversity

Laura Sjoberg, J. Ann Tickner

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This chapter introduces feminist perspectives on international relations. It provides a typology of feminist IR theories, outlining their major tenets with illustrations from specific authors. Feminist theories of IR use gender as a socially constructed category of analysis when they analyze foreign policy, international political economy, and international security. This chapter focuses on feminist perspectives on international security. Feminist security research takes two major forms: theoretical reformulation and empirical evaluation. This chapter chronicles developments in feminist reanalyses and reformulations of security theory. It illustrates feminist security theory by analyzing the case of United Nations Security Council sanctions on Iraq following the First Gulf War. It concludes by discussing the contributions that feminist IR can make to the discipline of IR specifically, and to the practice of international politics more generally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Relations Theory
Subtitle of host publicationDiscipline and Diversity
EditorsTim Dunne, Milja Kurki, Steve Smith
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780199548866
Publication statusPublished - 19 Mar 2010


  • gender
  • feminism
  • international relations theory
  • international relations
  • feminist IR

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