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Feminist constructivism

Feminist constructivism is an international relations theory which builds upon the theory of constructivism. Feminist constructivism focuses upon the study of how ideas about gender influence global politics.[1]

Constructivism is an epistemological approach which Constructivism comes from the theory that humans generate knowledge and meaning through world interactions and ideas. Constructivists argue that international life is social, resulting from the ways people interact with each other (i.e. talk, follow norms, create rules, etc.).[2] While there are similarities, feminist constructivists view relationships of power differently than traditional constructivists. Power and gender are considered "integral elements in processes of construction," where as traditionalists believe power to be external.[2] Feminist constructivists argue that the lack of problematization research as a social process of construction is logically inconsistent "with an ontology of becoming."[2] They also believe that differences between men and women, other than anatomical differences, were constructed due to socialization and cultural training.[3]

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  1. ^ Baylis, Smith and Owens, The Globalisation of World Politics, 4ed, p267
  2. ^ a b c Locher, Birgit (2001). "Feminism and Constructivism: Worlds Apart or Sharing a Middle Ground?" (PDF). International Studies Quarterly 45: 111–129. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  3. ^ Bogen, Fidel (January 27, 2012). "Essentialism and Constructivism: How Feminism Uses Them". The Counter-Feminist. Blogspot. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 

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