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How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences

Innovation and Impact

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  • Shows how scholarship that considers gender make new contributions to both scholarly debate and policy

  • Brings together theoretical work and policy debates

  • Uses a comparative angle by exploring research across disciplines

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Introduction: The Gender Lens and Innovation in the Social Sciences

      • Fiona Jenkins, Marian Sawer, Karen Downing
      Pages 3-15
  3. Philosophy

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 17-17
    2. Epistemic Injustice and Questions of Credibility

      • Katrina Hutchison
      Pages 27-35
  4. Political Science

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 37-37
    2. Political Representation: The Gendered Effects of Voting Systems

      • Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay
      Pages 39-46
    3. Parliaments as Gendered Workplaces

      • Sonia Palmieri
      Pages 47-56
    4. Violence Against Women in Politics

      • Mona Lena Krook
      Pages 57-64
    5. Feminist Interventions in Security Studies

      • Katrina Lee-Koo
      Pages 65-73
  5. History

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 75-75
    2. Reconceiving the Nation

      • Kate Laing
      Pages 77-86
    3. Women in Economic History

      • Catherine Bishop
      Pages 95-102
  6. Economics

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 103-103
    2. Gender Budgeting

      • Marian Sawer, Miranda Stewart
      Pages 117-126
    3. Feminist Economics and Retirement Income and Savings Policy

      • Siobhan Austen, Rhonda Sharp
      Pages 127-136

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.

Keywords

  • feminist research
  • feminism
  • policy impact
  • economics
  • history
  • political science
  • sociology
  • interdisciplinary

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

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

    Marian Sawer, Fiona Jenkins, Karen Downing

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

  • Publisher: Palgrave Pivot Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-43235-5

  • 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, Cultural Economics

Buying options

eBook
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-43236-2
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Hardcover Book
USD 69.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)