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Scandalous EconomicsGender and the Politics of Financial Crises$
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Aida A. Hozic and Jacqui True

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190204235

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190204235.001.0001

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Gender, Finance, and Embodiments of Crisis

Gender, Finance, and Embodiments of Crisis

(p.179) Chapter 11 Gender, Finance, and Embodiments of Crisis
Scandalous Economics

Penny Griffin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the “scandalous economics” of the global financial crisis (GFC) by interrogating the ways that accounts of the crisis have represented, co-opted, and exploited human bodies. The chapter asks how representations of crisis continue to reveal economic and power relations, and how these relations are embodied in certain gendered logics and effects. Conventional accounts of global finance and the GFC have served (and have been actively designed) to reinscribe existing logics of capital mobility while circumventing valid social concerns and questions (regarding, for example, the prolonged chain of ir/responsibility for repackaged, “securitized,” loans and the political effects of this practice). This chapter aims to deconstruct how and where ideas about gendered bodies are being used in the service of crisis governance, and to what ends, in order to understand the space(s), shape(s), techniques, and possible effects of the governance of financial crisis in the contemporary global political economy.

Keywords:   global financial crisis, economics, gender, governance, finance, securitized

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