'New wars' and gendered economies

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This paper draws on the new wars literature and global political economy research to explore how feminists and other critical analysts might investigate linkages between, and the gendering of, licit and illicit informal activities in relation to transnational financing of new wars. The paper considers the interdependence (co-constitution) of reproductive, productive and virtual economies, and aims to illuminate the intersection of race, gender, and economic inequalities (within and among states) as structural features of neoliberal globalization. Finally, the paper develops an analytical framing of coping, combat and criminal informal economies, which overlap and interact but entail distinctive sets of actors, motivations, and activities. A brief description of each economy is followed by suggesting how it is gendered and how this might inform feminist theorypractice in relation to war.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7-20
Number of pages14
JournalFeminist Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Gendered conflicts
  • Gendered economies
  • Global political economy
  • Illicit international political economy
  • Informalization
  • New wars
  • Shadow economies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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