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Gender and Politics

Translating International Women's Rights

The CEDAW Convention in Context

Authors: Zwingel, Susanne

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  • Explores to what extent the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) affects the lives of women worldwide
  • Discusses specific methods which have made CEDAW resonate
  • Highlights the context-specific values and agency factors that influence the Convention's impact
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This book looks at the centerpiece of the international women’s rights discourse, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and asks to what extent it affects the lives of women worldwide. Rather than assuming a trickle-down effect, the author discusses specific methods which have made CEDAW resonate. These methods include attempts to influence the international level by clarifying the meaning of women’s rights and strengthening the Convention’s monitoring procedure, and building connections between international and domestic contexts that enable diverse actors to engage with CEDAW. This analysis shows that while the Convention has worldwide impact, this impact is fundamentally dependent on context-specific values and agency. Hence, rather than thinking of women’s rights exclusively as normative content, Zwingel suggests to see them as in process. This book will especially appeal to students and scholars interested in transnational feminism and gender and global governance.

About the authors

Susanne Zwingel is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University, USA. Her research areas include women’s human rights and their translation, global governance and gender, and feminist and post-colonial theories. She is co-editor of Feminist Strategies in International Governance (with E. Prügl and G. Caglar, 2013). 

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“Zwingel’s authoritative treatment of the CEDAW convention from a social science perspective fills a gaping hole in the literature on feminist international governance. It confirms her as the foremost expert on the politics of CEDAW with a deep knowledge of not only the text and its legal ramifications, but also of all that went into producing it, the contestations around it as it has matured, and the uses it has been put to in different contexts. Engagingly written and based on deeply considered conceptualizations, the book brings to life an understudied key instrument of global feminist politics.” (Elisabeth Prügl, Professor of International Relations, Graduate Institute, Switzerland)

“This compelling and meticulous in-depth study of the evolution and impact of CEDAW demonstrates the potential of international norms to become instruments of social transformation and gender justice. It brings theoretical insight and empirical rigour to address the question: how far can international norms like CEDAW reach? This book breaks new ground and greatly enhances our understanding of the relevance of global gender equality mechanisms and the crucial work of “norm translation” activists who “stitch together” international women’s rights discourse and contextualised practice on the ground. An innovative and important intervention.” (Fiona Mackay, Professor of Politics, University of Edinburgh, UK)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Zwingel, Susanne

  • Theorizing Norm Translation: Women’s Rights as Transnational Practice

    Pages 9-34

    Zwingel, Susanne

  • The Creation of CEDAW within the Global Discourse on Gender Equality

    Pages 35-64

    Zwingel, Susanne

  • CEDAW as a “Living Document”: Over Thirty Years of Committee Work

    Pages 65-107

    Zwingel, Susanne

  • A New Tool in the Toolbox: The Optional Protocol to the Convention

    Pages 109-133

    Zwingel, Susanne

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Hardcover $149.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-95864-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Translating International Women's Rights
Book Subtitle
The CEDAW Convention in Context
Authors
Series Title
Gender and Politics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Limited, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31501-4
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-31501-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-29097-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-95864-1
Series ISSN
2662-5814
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 288
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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