Women and the history of international thought

Owens, Patricia (2017) Women and the history of international thought. International Studies Quarterly. ISSN 0020-8833 (Accepted)

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Did few, if any, historical women think very deeply about international relations? Existing surveys and anthologies convey just this impression; women in the past did not think seriously about international politics. This article provides evidence of the scale of historical women’s exclusion, analyzing sixty texts in the history of international thought and disciplinary history. It also begins the process of remedying this exclusion, mapping a new agenda for research on the history of women’s international thought. Existing work in feminist historiography and new archival research suggests that a diverse array of historical women thought deeply about international relations, but their intellectual contributions have been obscured, even actively erased. To illustrate what can be gained by pursuing a research agenda on historical women’s international thought, the article reveals a neglected but at the time extremely important figure in what might be called ‘white women’s IR’, the influential scholar of colonial administration, Lucy Philip Mair.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Research Centres and Groups: Centre for Advanced International Theory
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Depositing User: Patricia Owens
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 10:08
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 10:08
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/72429

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