The Political Economy of Global Remittances: Gender, Governmentality and Neoliberalism


Kunz, Rahel. 2011. The Political Economy of Global Remittances: Gender, Governmentality and Neoliberalism. New York: Routledge

Author: Rahel Kunz


Over the last decade, a new phenomenon has emerged within the international community: the Global Remittances Trend (GRT). Thereby, government institutions, international (financial) organisations, NGOs and private sector actors have become interested in migration and remittances and their potential for poverty reduction and development, and have started to devise institutions and policies to harness this potential.

This book employs a gender-sensitive governmentality analysis to trace the emergence of the GRT, to map its conceptual and institutional elements, and to examine its broader implications. Through an analysis of the GRT at the international level, combined with an in-depth case study on Mexico, this book demonstrates that the GRT is instrumental in spreading and deepening specific forms of gendered neoliberal governmentality.

This innovative book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, sociology, development studies, economics, gender studies and Latin American studies. (Amazon)



1. Introduction

2. A gender-sensitive governmentality approach

3. The GRT in the international realm

4. The GRT in Mexico

5. The power technologies and subjectivities of the GRT in Mexico

6. Resistance and empowerment within the GRT in Mexico

7. Conclusion

Topics: Development, Economies, Poverty, Gender, Governance, International Organizations, NGOs, Political Economies Regions: Americas, North America Countries: Mexico

Year: 2011

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