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Chapter 25: Essentially Quantified? Towards a More Feminist Modeling Strategy

Subject: Feminist Theory

Essentially Quantified? Towards a More Feminist Modeling Strategy
Essentially quantified? Towards a more feminist modeling strategy
Introduction

In research extending back several decades, feminist theorists have raised questions about the usefulness of social categories such as gender and ethnicity and the way in which those categories are used by researchers. Taken together, this work makes a clear and convincing case against examining gender, class or ethnicity as single and separate categories. The treatment of gender as a single category has arguably been afforded the greatest attention, and theorists have robustly criticized the unreflective and uncritical deployment of the category ‘woman’. Feminists have been criticized, often (but not only) by other feminists, for assuming that women's experiences can be easily generalized and for erroneously homogenizing the experiences of ...