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Towards Gender Equality in Law

An Analysis of State Failures from a Global Perspective

Palgrave Macmillan
  • Draws on Gender Studies, Sociology, Criminology, Law, and Media and Cultural Studies

  • Is grounded in intersectional feminist theory

  • Analyzes a range of case studies from diverse countries

  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xix
  2. Introduction

    • Gizem Guney, David Davies, Po-Han Lee
    Pages 1-12Open Access
  3. Law Is Neutral?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 13-13
    2. Trans Pregnancy in a Repronormative World

      • Gillian Love
      Pages 35-58Open Access
    3. Judging Divorce in Ben Ali’s Tunisia

      • Sarah Grosso
      Pages 59-76Open Access
  4. Law Is Practical?

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 175-175
    2. Eradicating Gender Stereotypes in Advertising in Spain

      • David Davies
      Pages 211-226Open Access
    3. Conclusion

      • Gizem Guney, Po-Han Lee, David Davies
      Pages 227-246Open Access
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 247-250

About this book

This Open Access book aims to find out how and why states in various regions and of diverse cultural backgrounds fail in their gender equality laws and policies. In doing this, the book maps out states’ failures in their legal systems and unpacks the clashes between different levels and forms of law—namely domestic laws, local regulations, or the implementation of international law, individually or in combination. By taking off from the confirmation that the concept of law that is to be used in achieving gender equality is a multidimensional, multi-layered, and to an extent, contradictory phenomenon, this book aims to find out how different layers of laws interact and how they impact gender equality. Further to that, by including different states and jurisdictions into its analysis, this book unravels whether there are any similarities/patterns in how these states define and utilise policies and laws that harm gender equality. In this way, the book contributes to the efforts to devise holistic and universal policies to address various forms of gender inequalities across the world.

This volume will be of interest to scholars and students in Gender Studies, Sociology, Law, and Criminology.


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Editors and Affiliations

  • University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK

    Gizem Guney

  • University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

    David Davies

  • National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan

    Po-Han Lee

About the editors

Gizem Guney is a Teaching Fellow at the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on the feminist reading of human rights and criminal justice. 

David Davies is a Teaching Fellow in Sociology at the University of Sussex, and his research is focuses on a socio-legal exploration of how to combat the use of gender stereotypes in advertising.

Po-Han Lee is an Assistant Professor at the Global Health Program, National Taiwan University. Previously, he taught Sociology/Criminology, Human Rights, and Gender Studies at the University of Sussex.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Towards Gender Equality in Law

  • Book Subtitle: An Analysis of State Failures from a Global Perspective

  • Editors: Gizem Guney, David Davies, Po-Han Lee

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham

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

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-98071-9Published: 03 June 2022

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-98074-0Published: 03 June 2022

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-98072-6Published: 02 June 2022

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIX, 250

  • Topics: Gender Studies, Human Rights, Social Policy, Public Policy

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 49.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)