Breaking with the powerful bond among men, states and war, feminist theories of international relations have flourished since the mid 1980s. These theories have introduced gender as an empirical category and analytical tool for understanding global power relations as well as a normative position from which to consider alternative world orders. Like other constitutive theories such as constructivism, critical theory, post-modernism, and green theories, feminism shifts the study of international relations away from a singular focus on interstate relations toward a comprehensive analysis of transnational actors and structures and their transformations. But with their focus on non-state actors, marginalized peoples and alternative conceptualizations of power and relationships, feminist perspectives bring fresh thinking and action to world politics.
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