The global and gendered dimensions of citizenship, community and 'cohesion'

Jill Steans, D Tepe

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In this article we draw upon both critical and feminist international political economy (IPE) approaches in order to interrogate processes of change effecting specific localities in the context of neoliberal global restructuring. We give a closer focus to our interest in the global/local nexus by concentrating on issues of citizenship, community and discourse and practice on community cohesion. After setting out our framework, we develop a critique of community cohesion policies and practices in contemporary Britain. We then briefly review some of the current literature on gender and citizenship paying particular attention to how issues of material inequality, poverty and exclusion currently figure in academic debates. We conclude that gender inequality must be taken seriously if strong and cohesive communities are to be realised and that there is a need for further research that connects critical and feminist IPE to emerging critical literatures on community and citizenship. International Polities (2012) 49, 195-214. doi:10.1057/ip.2011.43; published online 20 January 2012
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-214
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Politics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2012


  • global/local
  • neoliberalism
  • critical IPE
  • feminist IPE
  • citizenship


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