Intersecting and Contesting Positions: Postcolonialism, Feminism, and World-Systems Theory

  • Citation: Feldman, Shelley. "Intersecting and contesting positions: Postcolonialism, feminism, and world-systems theory." Review (Fernand Braudel Center) (2001): 343-371.
    • Topics:
    • IR Theories
    • Keywords:
    • world-systems theory
    • postcolonial theory
    • poststructuralism
    • feminism

World-systems theory anchors creative ways to think about historical capitalism and processes of internationalization and provides a framework for interpreting nation-state formation and intrastate class and gender relations. Less attention, however, has been devoted by world-systems theorists to sustained engagements with contemporary theory and the advancements it promises for theory-building. To encourage this dialogue, I identify as well as deepen areas of engagement between world-systems analysts and those employing contemporary feminist and various post- theories. The primary question animating my discussion is: How do contributions from feminism, poststructuralism, and postcolonial theory offer a refinement of our understanding of contemporary global capitalism?

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