Feminist Theory and International Relations: The Feminist Challenge to Realism and Liberalism

  • Citation: Ruiz, Tricia. "Feminist theory and international relations: the feminist challenge to realism and liberalism." Soundings Journal (2005): 1-7.
    • Topics:
    • IR Theories
    • Keywords:
    • feminist theory
    • realism
    • liberalism
    • patriarchy

Since the end of the Cold War and the increased interdependence resulting from the globalization process, the field of international relations has faced major challenges to its core theoretical structure. It no longer revolves solely around the realist issues of war and security, but rather, international relations has broadened to include traditionally liberal concerns, such as the international political economy, socioeconomic development, human rights, non-state actors, and civil society. Apart from the two main theories of realism and liberalism, the feminist theory brings new perspectives to the international relations table. This paper will consider the feminist theory in international relations, and what can be learned from this perspective.

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