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Title: The hidden (a)gender of global finance : the relationship between global finance and gender subordination
Author: Assassi, Elizabeth A.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3431 1024
Awarding Body: University of Sussex
Current Institution: University of Sussex
Date of Award: 2005
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The purpose of this research project is to explore the extent to which the globalisation of finance has depended upon and/or contributed to the promotion, maintenance and reproduction of gender subordination in new and distanciated forms. Despite tantalising, but rare glimpses of women's involvement within the financial sector in past centuries, it is postulated that the globalisation of economic processes, particularly through financial institutions, has a gendered history. The history has been made invisible through assumptions and constructions of the 'nature' of women - and men - and their supposed proper place in the social, economic and political order. Global financial markets have played a critical role in shaping the structure and dynamics of the global political and economic order. This thesis argues that these foundations, which constitute systems of finance and credit, are based on specific private property forms which historically involved limiting the access of women to financial security. This thesis shows that global finance indeed has a gendered and gender-subordinating structure and sets out how the gendered character in the transition from feudalism to capitalism, is reflected in women's access to financial resources in diverse territorial and cultural locations, as a result of the development and expansion of finance and credit markets within the global political economy. If indeed global finance and gender subordination is centrally embedded within the development of global inequalities and social stratification, the consequences of this for analysing the nature and development of the global political economy are shown in the thesis to be important, both methodologically and politically.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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