Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium


Anne Sisson Runyan, V. Spike Peterson

Fourth Edition • December 3, 2013 • 360 pages


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Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium argues that the power of gender works to help keep gender, race, class, sexual, and national divisions in place despite increasing attention to gender issues in the study and practice of world politics. Accessible and student-friendly for both undergraduate and graduate courses, authors Anne Sisson Runyan and V. Spike Peterson analyze gendered divisions of power and resources that contribute to the worldwide crises of representation, violence, and sustainability. They emphasize how hard-won attention to gender equality in world affairs can be co-opted when gender is used to justify or mystify unjust forms of global governance, international security, and global political economy.

In the new and updated fourth edition, Runyan and Peterson examine the challenges of forging transnational solidarities to de-gender world politics, scholarship, and practice through renewed politics for greater representation and redistribution. Yet they see promise in coalitional struggles to re-radicalize feminist world political demands to change the downward conditions of women, men, children, and the planet. Updated to include framing questions at the opening of each chapter, discussion questions and exercises at the end of each chapter, and updated data on gender statistics and policymaking. Chapters One and Two have also been revised to provide more support to readers with less of a background in gender politics. Case studies and web resources are now also provided.


Anne Sisson Runyan is a professor and former head of the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, and recently directed the Charles Phelps Taft Research Center at the University of Cincinnati. Her other books publications include Gender and Global Restructuring and Feminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America.

V. Spike Peterson is a professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Arizona, where she holds courtesy affiliations in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, and International Studies. Her books include Gendered States and A Critical Rewriting of Global Political Economy.

Chapter One: Introduction: Gender and Global Issues

  • Gender Gains: Re-Positionings of Women in World Politics
  • Global Crises: Undermining Equality, Peace, Social Justice, and the Planet
  • The Power of Gender: Accounting for the Contradictions
  • Gender and Intersectional Analysis in International Relations
  • Mapping the Book

Chapter Two: Gender Lenses on World Politics

  • How Lenses Work and Why They Matter
  • Denaturalizing Gender, Race, Class, Sexuality and Nation (based on multiple feminist lenses)
  • The Social Construction of Gender and Gendered Hierarchies (gender in this outline typically refers to masculinities and femininities; whereas when gendered is used, it signals an intersectional analysis of multiple social hierarchies that are always gendered)
  • Gendered Hierarchies in World Politics
  • Global Gendered, Racialized, and Sexualized Divisions of Power, Violence, Labor and Resources

Chapter Three: Global Governance: Gendered Power

  • Global Governance for What? For Whom?
  • Gendered Constructions of Power and Politics
  • Locating Power: Global/Regional/National/Local
  • Locating Power: Gender/Race/Class/Sexuality/Nation
  • Dislocating Power: Global Gender Politics and Policies
  • Feminist Resistances to Re-Locations of Gendered Power in Global Governance

Chapter Four: Global Security: Gendered Violence

  • Security for What? For Whom?
  • Gendered Constructions of Violence
  • Securitization: Gendered Militaries, Colonizations, Wars, and Militarized Cultures
  • Insecuritization: Gendered Direct, Structural, and Imperial Violence
  • De-Securitization: Feminist Resistances to Gendered and Gender Violence

Chapter Five: Global Political Economy: Gendered Labor and Resources

  • Whose Economy? Whose Prosperity? At What Social and Ecological Costs?
  • Gendered Constructions of the Economy, Work, and the Environment
  • Gendered Development
  • Gendered Globalization/Empire
  • Gendered Resource Depletion and Degradation
  • Feminist Resistances to Global Economic Hegemonies

Chapter Six: Ungendering World Politics

  • Ungendering Power: Decolonizing Governance
  • Ungendering Violence: De-Securitizing Conflict
  • Ungendering Labor and Resources: Resisting Empire
  • Ungendering Resistance to World-Politics-As-Usual: Diversifying Feminist Thought, Social Movements, and Transnational Solidarities

Praise for the Third Edition:

“Once again, this is the place to begin if you are organizing a course on gender and world politics.” —Craig N. Murphy, Wellesley College

“This is exactly the book we all want to introduce students to feminist IR: it’s global in its reach, it’s down-to-earth in its style, it shows why ideas matter, and it offers students the most up-to-date scholarly findings. Spike Peterson and Anne Runyan are themselves the creators of this whole field, so who better to entice students into thinking new thoughts about this complex world?” —Cynthia Enloe, Clark University, author of The Curious Feminist

Global Gender Issues in the New Millennium maps, summarizes and analyzes key insights of feminist work in a way that is thoughtful and challenging for both a general readership as well as for feminist scholarship. It raises important questions through a gender prism that allow us to reflect upon key global issues. . . . This is an important and wide ranging contribution to the debates on international relations, international political economy and security studies.” —Shirin M. Rai, University of Warwick

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