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By Rebecca Dingo

Networking Arguments offers an unique learn at the use and misuse of world institutional rhetoric and the results of those practices on ladies, rather in constructing nations. utilizing a feminist lens, Rebecca Dingo perspectives the complicated networks that rhetoric flows via, globally and nationally, and the way it's frequently reconfigured to paintings either for and opposed to ladies and to keep up latest energy structures.

To see how rhetorics trip, Dingo deconstructs the important terminology hired by means of worldwide institutions—mainstreaming, health, and empowerment—and exhibits how their meanings shift looking on the contexts during which they're used. She experiences courses via the area financial institution, the United international locations, and the us, between others, to view the unique rules, then follows the path in their diffusion and manipulation and the final word effects for individuals.

To examine transnational rhetorical techniques, Dingo builds a theoretical framework by means of utilizing thoughts of transcoding, ideological site visitors, and interarticulation to discover the intricacies of energy relationships at paintings inside networks. She additionally perspectives transnational capitalism, neoliberal economics, and neocolonial ideologies as fundamental determinants of coverage and arguments over women's roles within the worldwide economy.

Networking Arguments bargains a brand new approach to feminist rhetorical research that permits for an elevated realizing of worldwide gender rules and encourages recommendations to counteract the unwanted effects they could create.

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In addition, this statement speciWcally connects the notion that women’s economic independence depends upon changes to larger economic arrangements and access to public services. Following a moral argument, it notes that women have become overly burdened by poverty due to issues beyond their control: structural causes such as war, postcolonial governments, and changes to the global economy to name a few. In this example, women’s economic independence is networked to the need for governments and supranational agencies to change wider structures of poverty, including making sure women have access to necessary public services; thus economic inde38 GENDER MAINSTREAMING pendence becomes part of the rhetoric of gender mainstreaming only insofar as this independence is supported by larger economic structures.

Understanding this networked relationship enables rhetoricians to examine how contemporary policy arguments are attached to historical relationships of power and how these arguments get reinterpreted and rewritten during economic shifts such as the rise of neoliberalism. The practice of networking arguments can also expand the work of transnational feminists by connecting the ways in which patterns of persuasion are aVected by extra-rhetorical forces, such as the rise of transna20 N E T WO R K I N G A R G U M E N T S tional capital, enduring (neo)colonial relationships, and neoliberalism, to create policies that attempt to address women’s role in an expanding global economy.

And yet, although gender mainstreaming policies purport to be in the best interest of women, some nations’ gender mainstreaming policies have resulted in a reduction of women-centered policy initiatives. In addition, post-Beijing gender mainstreaming policies follow the neoliberal argument (and then to this extent become part of the discourse of neoliberalism) that governments should only manage social services from afar and not get directly involved with those services; however, these policies allocate social services to the market, going against the Beijing Platform’s recommendation that governments (Beijing Declaration 5), not the private sector, work to mainstream a gender perspective into all levels of policy.

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