Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
For a Special Issue on
Global Reproductive Justice and Feminist Economics
28 February 2023
Special Issue Editor(s)
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, King’s College London
Departments of Gender & Women’s Studies and Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Department of Gender Studies, London School of Economics and Political Science
Global Reproductive Justice and Feminist Economics
The overturn of Roe v. Wade has drawn attention to the precarious nature of reproductive rights, reigniting concerns around bodily autonomies and reproductive health and rights. Abortion is a key reproductive health and rights issue, but it is not the only one, and it cannot be understood in isolation. Instead, as Black feminists in the United States have argued, abortion is part of a broader reproductive justice (RJ) concern. RJ has three core tenets: (i) the right to have a child under conditions of one’s own choosing, (ii) the right not to have children, and (iii) the right to parent children and raise families in safe and healthy environments. The RJ framework incorporates broader issues of economic and environmental justice, immigrant rights, social reproduction, education, sexual rights, and globalization. This attention to intersectional inequalities and to the links between the public and private is also reflected in the work of feminist economists. This special issue invites papers that explore the contributions that feminist economics (FE) can make to the fight for global reproductive justice.
Despite some obvious and exciting synergistic possibilities, there are also aspects of RJ that challenge mainstream economic approaches and feminist extensions of them. For example, a focus on the constrained optimization of rational actors may contribute to an instrumental understanding of access to reproductive health services. Research questions and policy logics that focus on how to alter choice sets in order to achieve desired fertility, economic, or child health outcomes can imply that justice/rights can be sacrificed for a greater good. In contrast, RJ rejects the individualist approach of “choice,” and requires a critical examination of the structural and institutional mechanisms that control, limit, and shape people’s reproductive lives and the conditions that they live in (Ross 2017). This requires a multi-level perspective in which the meso- and macro-levels are not factors that can be held constant in an effort to isolate the determinants of micro-level decision making. These tensions, we think, have the potential to be very productive, inspiring conceptual and methodological innovation and inviting us to explicitly (re-)consider what feminist methodologies in economics require. The special issue also invites papers from a variety of contexts that engage with the important empirical, conceptual, and methodological issues surrounding the study of RJ within the field of feminist economics.
Recognizing the importance of feminist standpoint and political intersectionality (Crenshaw 1991), we aim to present an interdisciplinary, transnational exchange of knowledge and ideas that will explore the ways that feminist economics can contribute to the development of an ethical and effective transformative response to an increasingly oppressive policy trajectory.
Topics might include:
- Reflections on current concepts/measures/methods, including a scrutiny of approaches within mainstream and feminist economics in relation to RJ (e.g., conceptualizing reproduction and RJ, or drawing on insights and contributions from other disciplines)
- Conceptualizing, operationalizing and/or empirically documenting, the causes and consequences of reproductive (in)justice(s). Topics may, for example, reflect on RJ and economic justice, health inequalities, family formation, social reproduction, or reflections of care economies. Authors may also engage with broader crises including climate catastrophe.
- Assessments of the politics, policies, and social movements that extend or restrict access to reproductive justice (e.g., anti-gender movements and reproductive injustice, problem representations in policies, strategic framing, or lessons from the struggles and successes in the Global South)
 “The concept of political intersectionality highlights the fact that women of color are situated within at least two subordinated groups that frequently pursue conflicting political agendas. The need to split one's political energies between two sometimes opposing groups is a dimension of intersectional disempowerment that men of color and white women seldom confront. Indeed their specific raced and gendered experiences, although intersectional define as well as confine the interests of the entire group” (Crenshaw 1991: 1251-1252).
The submission deadline for full papers is 28 February 2023 for a print publication date of Fall 2023 (though pieces will be published online first).
Submissions should be based on original research or analysis, and should be between 6000-8000 words, although slightly shorter pieces will also be considered (5000 words). They should make an important contribution to feminist economic scholarship and be oriented to the journal’s international audience. We accept theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical contributions. We are creating a pool of reviewers to draw on, with the final selection of articles depending on reviewer feedback and the decisions of the guest editors.
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