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How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences

Innovation and Impact

  • Marian Sawer
  • Fiona Jenkins
  • Karen Downing
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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Fiona Jenkins, Marian Sawer, Karen Downing
      Pages 3-15
  3. Philosophy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Katrina Hutchison
      Pages 27-35
  4. Political Science

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay
      Pages 39-46
    3. Sonia Palmieri
      Pages 47-56
    4. Mona Lena Krook
      Pages 57-64
    5. Katrina Lee-Koo
      Pages 65-73
  5. History

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 75-75
    2. Kate Laing
      Pages 77-86
    3. Catherine Bishop
      Pages 95-102
  6. Economics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Marian Sawer, Miranda Stewart
      Pages 117-126
    3. Siobhan Austen, Rhonda Sharp
      Pages 127-136

About this book

Introduction

“This brilliant volume applies a gender lens to the knowledge-production process, revealing the distortions in what we thought we knew. The authors move beyond critique to suggest high-impact ways to remedy these shortcomings, a smart concept carried out consistently well. By using feminist interventions into the scholarship in each specific area they show how both knowledge and policy dramatically differ when inclusive science is done.” — Myra Marx Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Local Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA

This collection turns a spotlight on gender innovation in the social sciences. Eighteen short and accessibly written case studies show how feminist and gender perspectives bring new concepts, theories and policy solutions. Scholars across five disciplines– economics, history, philosophy, political science and sociology – demonstrate how paying attention to gender can sharpen the focus of the social sciences, improve the public policy they inform, and change the way we measure things. Gender innovation provokes rethinking at both the core and the margins of established disciplines, sometimes developing alternative fields of research that chart new territory. These case studies celebrate the contribution of feminist and gender scholars and span topics ranging from budgeting, electoral systems and security studies to the ethics of care, emotional labor and climate change.

Keywords

feminist research feminism policy impact economics history political science sociology interdisciplinary

Editors and affiliations

  • Marian Sawer
    • 1
  • Fiona Jenkins
    • 2
  • Karen Downing
    • 3
  1. 1.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.The Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

About the editors

Marian Sawer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, an Officer of the Order of Australia and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Fiona Jenkins is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University and current convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

Karen Downing, is a historian at the Australian National University and a researcher on the Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences project. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences
  • Book Subtitle Innovation and Impact
  • Editors Marian Sawer
    Fiona Jenkins
    Karen Downing
  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-43236-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-43235-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-43238-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-43236-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 197
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender Studies
    Politics and Gender
    Gender and Economics
  • Buy this book on publisher's site

Reviews

“Gender inclusion in science and technology fields demands more than an increase in women’s descriptive representation. Adding a gender-aware lens to the knowledge-production process reveals that man-centered definitions of concepts and measurement standards have distorted what we thought we knew. This brilliant volume takes social sciences seriously as science, issue by issue, to track down these biased questions and dubious answers across multiple fields of research. The authors move beyond critique to suggest high-impact ways to remedy these shortcomings, a smart concept carried out consistently well. By using feminist interventions into the scholarship in each specific area they show how both knowledge and policy dramatically differ when inclusive science is done.” —Myra Marx Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Local Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA