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Dennis Altman

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780226016061

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.001.0001

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Sexual Politics and International Relations

Sexual Politics and International Relations

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(p.122) Eight Sexual Politics and International Relations
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Global Sex
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226016047.003.0008

One of the major globalizing forces of the past two decades has been the move toward gender equality, and the gradual involvement of increasing numbers of international agencies in programs aimed at eradicating the systemic and structural disadvantages experienced by most women. While progress is slow and uneven, the recognition of the empowerment of women as a goal is itself a significant development, and one that grows out of the globalization of certain values and institutions but also, and more importantly, out of the lived experience and struggle of millions of women in shanty towns and villages across the globe. While Western ideas and movements have certainly been important influences, their impact depends upon people transforming their messages to fit local conditions and needs, and often western ideas provide a new way of articulating already existing demands and allowing them to find an international audience.

Keywords:   international relations, globalization, empowerment, Western ideas, local conditions, sexuality

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