Mareysia Zalewski, And Feminist Theory Of International Relations

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Mareysia Zalewski, in her very recent book, ‘Feminist International Relations –Exquisite Corpse’ is trying to study the events in International Politics with a feminist perspective that would not directly engage the readers in a conventional way but imaginatively with a set of vignettes. ‘Exquisite Corpse’ refers to the methodological concoction with a symbolic deployment of a set of techniques taken from critical theory. It takes the reader through their unconscious proving the persistence of a grammar even in the absence of logic. The book, hence, is a good read for beginners seeking knowledge in feminist international relations theory and is a detailed study of the triad- feminism, IR and masculinity studies.
To understand the feminist approach in International Relations, it is important to have a fundamental understanding of feminism as a theory. “Feminism can be simply defined as the study of and movement for women not as subjects but as subjects of knowledge.” (Shukla) The primary motive of the critique was to question the fundamental biases of IR as a discipline and explain the multitude of ways in which women was denied their roles in Global politics, state, International economy and political security. O’Callaghan, in his theory on feminist empiricism, states and clearly explains the role of women as wives, mothers and so on in creating a stable military community. (Abdo, 2002) Feminist theory
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