Scandalous Economics: Gender and the Politics of Financial Crises

Paperback | April 7, 2016

EditorAida A. Hozic, Jacqui True

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Of all of the lies, fragile alliances, and predatory financial dealings that have been revealed in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, we have yet to come to terms with the ways in which structural inequalities around gender and race factor into (and indeed make possible) thecurrent economic order. Scandalous Economics is about "silences" - the astonishing neglect of gender and race in explanations of the Global Financial Crisis. But, it is also about "noises" - the sexual scandals and gendered austerity policies that have relegated public debate, and the crisis itself,into political oblivion. While feminist economists and movements such as Occupy Wall Street have pointed to the distributional inequalities that are an effect of financial deregulation, scholars haven't really grappled with the representational inequalities inherent in the way we view the politics of the market. Forexample, capitalism won't be made more equitable simply by appointing women to leadership positions within financial firms or corporations. And the next crisis will not be averted if our understandings of gendered inequalities are framed by sexual scandals in media and popular culture. We need tolook at the activities and the privileges of the advantaged - the "TED women" of the crisis - as much as the victimization of the disadvantaged - to fully grasp the interplay between gender and economy in this fragile age of restoration. Scandalous Economics breaks new ground by doing preciselythis. It argues that normalization of the post-GFC economic order in the face of its obvious breakdown(s) has been facilitated by co-optation of feminist and queer perspectives into national and international responses to the crisis. Scandalous Economics builds upon the Occupy movement and other critical analysis of the GFC to comprehensively examine gendered material, ideational and representational dimensions that have served to make the crisis and its effects, "the new normal" in Europe and America as well as Latin Americaand Asia.

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Of all of the lies, fragile alliances, and predatory financial dealings that have been revealed in the wake of the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, we have yet to come to terms with the ways in which structural inequalities around gender and race factor into (and indeed make possible) thecurrent economic order. Scandalous Economics is ...

Aida A. Hozic is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Florida. Jacqui True is Professor of Politics and International Relations at Monash University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:April 7, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsAbout the ContributorsI. Scandalous Gendering1. Aida Hozic and Jacqui True: Making Feminist Sense of the Global Financial Crisis2. Elisabeth Prugl: Lehman Brothers and Sisters: Revisiting Gender and After the Financial Crisis3. Jacqui True: The Global Financial Crisis' Silver Bullet: Women Leaders and Leaning-In4. Adrienne Roberts: Finance, Financialization and the Production of GenderII. Scandalous Obfuscations5. Daniela Tepe-Belfrage and Johnna Montgomerie: Broken Britain: Post-Crisis Austerity and the Trouble with the Troubled Families Program6. Ian Bruff and Stefanie Wohl: Constitutionalizing Austerity, Disciplining the Household - Masculine Norms of Competitiveness and the Crisis of Social Reproduction in the Eurozone7. Juanita Elias: Whose Crisis? Whose Recovery? Lessons Learnt (and Not) from the Asian Crisis8. Guillermina Seri: "To double oppression, double rebellion": Women, Capital and Crisis in 'Post-neoliberal' Latin AmericaIII. Scandalous Sex9. Celeste Montoya: Exploits and Exploitations: A Micro and Macro Analysis of the 'DSK Affair'10. Aida Hozic: We, Neoliberals11. Penny Griffin: Gender, Finance and Embodiments of CrisisIV. Scandalizing Reimaginings12. Anna Aganthangelou: Global Raciality of Capitalism and 'Primitive' Accumulation: (Un) Making the Death Limit13. Nicola Smith: Towards a Queer Political Economy of Crisis14. Wanda Vrasti: Self-Reproducing Movements and the Enduring Challenge of Materialist FeminismMarieke De Goede: Afterword: Gendering the CrisisReferencesIndex