Queer feminist international relations: uneasy alliances, productive tensions

Leigh, Darcy (2017) Queer feminist international relations: uneasy alliances, productive tensions. Alternatif Politika, 9 (3). ISSN 1309-0593

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This article examines the ‘uneasy alliance’ between Feminist IR and Queer IR. The article focusses on three areas of tension and continuity between the fields: (1) sexuality, sexual deviance and gender variance; (2) the roles of liberalism in gendered, sexualized and racialized violence; and (3) binaries relating to sex, gender and sexuality. The article argues that it is around tensions between Queer and Feminist IR that a Queer Feminist IR can be productively articulated. In particular, a Queer Feminist IR should: centre women and femmes as well as sexuality and gender variance; disrupt of binaries and fixed identities without losing the political leverage that sometimes comes with them; and acknowledge entanglements with the institutions Feminist and Queer IR seek to transform while also resisting being neutralized by assimilation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: International Relations, Feminism, Queer, Gender, Sexuality
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Darcy Leigh
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2017 07:58
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 09:07
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/70575

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