Gender in a Global Context

Rhiannon Callahan's picture

Hello all,

I have recently been grappling with a series of questions regarding methodological approaches to studying gender in a global context, and would appreciate any insight/wisdom/casual musings that the community would care to bestow. Since gender is culturally specific and subject to intersectionality within said culture, what does the framework of gender analysis look like on the world stage? I am sure that I am not alone in finding Joan Scott’s argument that “gender is a primary way of signifying relationships of power” to be incredibly instructive in framing analyses within culturally specific frameworks – usually but not exclusively national or transnational in focus. In terms of applying gender analysis to global history, are we limited to studying contacts and cultural exchanges in our approaches or are there other useful avenues of inquiry? Finally, are there any metanarratives of gender that do not break down when scrutinized under a global lens?

Many thanks,