Much has been written on how masculinity shapes international relations, but little feminist scholarship has focused on how international relations shape masculinity. Charlotte Hooper draws from feminist theory to provide an account of the relationship between masculinity and power. She explores how the theory and practice of international relations produces and sustains masculine identities and masculine rivalries. This volume asserts that international politics shapes multiple masculinities rather than one static masculinity, positing an interplay between a "hegemonic masculinity" (associated with elite, western male power) and other subordinated, feminized masculinities (typically associated with poor men, nonwestern men, men of color, and/or gay men). Employing feminist analyses to confront gender-biased stereotyping in various fields of international political theory-including academic scholarship, journals, and popular literature like The Economist-Hooper reconstructs the nexus of international relations and gender politics during this age of globalization.
Charlotte Hooper won the British International Studies Association best dissertation prize in 1998. She now teaches gender and international relations at the University of Bristol.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Theorizing Masculinities 1. The Construction of Gender Identity 2. Masculinities and Masculinism Part II. Masculinities, IR, and Gender Politics 3. Masculinities in International Relations 4. The Economist's Masculine Credentials 5. The Economist, Globalization, and Masculinities 6. The Economist/IR Intertext Conclusion: IR and the (Re)Making of Hegemonic Masculinity Notes Reference List and Bibliography Index