How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences

Innovation and Impact

  • Marian Sawer
  • Fiona Jenkins
  • Karen Downing

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
  7. Sociology

  8. Transdisciplinary Innovation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185

About this book


“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.


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

Bibliographic information

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  • 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)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-43235-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-43236-2
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