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Women, Culture, and International Relations

Vivienne Jabri and Eleanor O'Gorman, editors
ISBN: 978-1-55587-701-9
1999/216 pages/LC: 99-19295
Critical Perspectives on World Politics

"A valuable, informative, and forward-looking volume for feminist IR."—Terrell Carver, Contemporary Political Theory

"This collection of brilliantly argued essays [is] ... one of the best books that has come out in the arena of critical international theories."—Dibyesh Anand, Millennium

"This work succeeds in realizing the aims of its coeditors: to stimulate debate, and to participate actively in the transformation of the discipline of international relations."—Gabrielle Lachance, Études Internationales


This book expands the agenda of feminist IR by considering the heterogeneity of women’s voices in the realm of world politics, as well as the challenges that this diversity poses.

The authors develop a theoretical discourse that incorporates the combined notions of difference and emancipation in a discussion of the agency of women and their transformative capacity. They use a normative approach to understanding the multiple subjectivities of women and the plurality of their experiences.


Vivienne Jabri is senior lecturer and director of the Centre for International Relations, King's College, London. She is author of Discourses on Violence and coeditor (with Stephen Chan) of Mediation in Southern Africa. She is currently writing a book on constructions of self and normative theory in international relations. Eleanor O'Gorman, based at the University of Cambridge, is currently completing her Ph.D. on gender, resistance, and Zimbabwe's liberation struggle. She previously lectured in politics and development at the School of Development Studies, University of East Anglia. Her primary research interests include feminist theory in international relations, conflict studies, and development.


  • Locating Difference in Feminist—the Editors.
  • Feminism, Universalism, and the Ethics of International Politics—K. Hutchings.
  • Explorations of Difference in Normative International Relations—V. Jabri.
  • Wartime-violence: Pulping Fictions of the Subaltern—N. Persram.
  • Writing Women’s Wars: Foucauldian Strategies of Engagement—E. O’Gorman.
  • Gender and Development: Working with Difference—S. C. White.
  • "Supposing Truth to be a Woman"? Pragmatism and The Feminist Problematique—N. Higgins. Typologies Toward an Unchained Medley: Against the Gentrification of Discourse in International Relations—S. Chan.
  • Conclusion—the Editors.