At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

Gender, Class and Location in the Global Economy

Gender, class and location in the global economy
Drucilla K.Barker and EdithKuiper

Introduction

Globalization has contributed substantially to several of the most significant changes since the end of the Second World War: the feminization of labor and migration, the internationalization of finance and debt and increased income inequalities within and among nation-states. The feminization of labor refers to both the dramatic increase in women's labor force participation over most of the world and changes in the conditions of work. While globalization has resulted in an increase in the participation of women in paid labor, for many women this has meant working in low-paying and service sector jobs often without job security and benefits. When relatively affluent women enter the labor ...

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