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Palgrave Macmillan

The Gendering of Global Finance

ISBN 9780230246690
Publication Date November 2009
Formats Ebook (PDF) Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

The financial crisis which erupted in 2007 brought to the fore the very assumptions of competition and risk which underpin financial market relations. Despite tantalizing but rare glimpses of women's involvement within this sector in past centuries, financial markets emerged very much as a male domain. This book explores the gendered nature of the historical emergence of modern finance and its expansion to a now global scale. It analyses the ways in which women were and still are marginalized in terms of financial activity and associated structures of ideological and cultural power, which continue to play a critical role in shaping the contemporary global political economy.

LIBBY ASSASSI is Associate Fellow of the Centre of Gender Studies at Sussex, UK and Associate Lecturer at Open University, UK. She has co-edited Global Regulations: Managing Crises after the Imperial Turn and After Deregulation: The Global Financial System.

Introduction to the Gendering of Global Finance
Period of Historical Change and the 'New' Social Ontology
Property and Gender: Irrational Women and Rational Men
The Emergence of Gendered Credit and Financial Institutions
From Formal Financial Institutions and Orderly Men to Informal Markets and the Disorderly Women
Global Financial Markets: 'Add women and stir'?
Deepening the Circuits of Credit - Gender and 'a Deeper Share of Wallet'


'An impressive contribution of this book is its rigorous deployment of gender as an analytical category that connects the dots between the everyday micro-practices of financial life and structural features of the global economy. Its rich historical detail reminds us that gendered relations of credit and finance have transformed over time and across myriad forms of political and economic organization.' - Professor Mary Condon, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, Toronto, Canada
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