Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society (Hardback)
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Women and States: Norms and Hierarchies in International Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 260 Pages / Published: 03/06/2010
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Momentous changes in the relation between women and the state have advanced women's status around the globe. Women were barred from public affairs a century ago, yet almost every state now recognizes equal voting rights and exhibits a national policy bureau for the advancement of women. Sex quotas for national legislatures are increasingly common. Ann E. Towns explains these changes by providing a novel account of how norms work in international society. She argues that norms don't just provide standards for states, they rank them, providing comparative judgments which place states in hierarchical social orders. This focus on the link between norms and ranking hierarchies helps to account better for how a new policy, such as equality for women in public life, is spread around the world. Women and States thus offers a new view of the relationship between women and the state, and of the influence of norms in international politics.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521768856
Number of pages: 260
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm


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'In this outstanding book Ann Towns provides a definitive account of generally under-acknowledged sea changes in the incorporation of women in the state. Especially noteworthy is Towns' compelling demonstration of the productive power of international norms. This will be required reading for constructivists, critical scholars of hierarchy in international society, and all concerned with women and politics/governance.' Raymond Duvall, University of Minnesota
'In one century, civilised states excluded women; in the next, they included them. Ann Towns delivers a cutting-edge empirical analysis of how gendering has led to a hierarchy of states.' Iver B. Neumann, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
'The study's innovative theorization of international norms as social hierarchies distinguishes Women and States as a work that can bridge conceptual gaps between academics and practitioners.' Shirin Saeidi, Recent Books on Ethics and International Affairs
'... her welcome contribution to the literature is found in the explication of feminist scholarship as related to the constructivist IR scholarship to understand norms.' Kristen P. Williams, International Studies Review
'In this fiercely original book, Ann E. Towns offers a novel understanding of change in international politics.' Jelena Subotic, Journal of Politics
"In this outstanding book Ann Towns provides a definitive account of generally under-acknowledged sea changes in the incorporation of women in the state. Especially noteworthy is Towns' compelling demonstration of the productive power of international norms. This will be required reading for constructivists, critical scholars of hierarchy in international society, and all concerned with women and politics/governance." Raymond Duvall, Professor and Chair, Political Science, University of Minnesota
"In one century, civilized states excluded women; in the next, they included them. Ann Towns delivers a cutting-edge empirical analysis of how gendering has led to a hierarchy of states." Professor Iver B. Neumann, Director of Research, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs
"This new work by Ann Towns is an intelligent and timely addition not only to the field of International Relations but also to interdisciplinary scholarship that is interested in the relationships between the status of women, state behavior, and approaches to global governance...Towns has made a noteworthy contribution to interdisciplinary studies of international relations and enhanced our understanding of the interplay between women's status, state behavior, and international relations. The study's innovative theorization of international norms as social hierarchies distinguishes Women and States as a work that can bridge conceptual gaps between academics and practitioners. Researchers and teachers in the social sciences will appreciate the book's introduction of women's political identities as a site for making international norms and an underlying theme of global governance, as well as its convincing demonstration of the contentious interaction between norms and transnational relations." -Shirin Saeidi, Cambridge University, Ethics & International Affairs
"Towns draws on feminist scholarship as a complement to the constructivist literature in IR, because it is feminist scholars who most explicitly recognize that states are gendered. Thus, her welcome contribution to the literature is found in the explication of feminist scholarship as related to the constructivist IR scholarship to understand norms ... As Towns astutely and convincingly demonstrates, it is important for IR scholars to recognize that norms and social hierarchy are connected and, particularly important, that these are linked to the status of women." - Kristen P. Williams, Clark University, International Studies Review
"In this fiercely original book, Ann E. Towns offers a novel understanding of change in international politics... Women and States is an excellent contribution to what is now already a third generation of constructivist theory.... She fundamentally rethinks the emergence, diffusion and, most important, the role of norms in shaping international change. The book will be required reading for all scholars interested in the power of norms in international politics." -Jelena Subotic, Georgia State University, Journal of Politics

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