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The SAGE Handbook of Political Science presents a major retrospective and prospective overview of the discipline. Comprising three volumes of contributions from expert authors from around the world, the handbook aims to frame, assess and synthesize research in the field, helping to define and identify its current and future developments. It does so from a truly global and cross-area perspective. Chapters cover a broad range of aspects, from providing a general introduction to exploring important subfields within the discipline. Each chapter is designed to provide a state-of-the-art and comprehensive overview of the topic by incorporating cross-cutting global, interdisciplinary, and, where this applies, gender perspectives. The Handbook is arranged over seven core thematic sections: Part 1: Political Theory; Part 2: Methods; Part 3: Political Sociology; Part ...

Feminist Political Science
Feminist political science
Marian Sawer
A Short History

The normative underpinnings of feminist political science date back to the French Revolution and Mary Wollstonecraft's A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792). This first major challenge to the exclusion of women from political citizenship was followed by William Thompson's Appeal of One Half of the Human Race (1825), a book he described as the ‘joint property’ of himself and the Owenite feminist Anna Wheeler. By the middle of the 19th century John Stuart Mill, in collaboration with Harriet Taylor, was further developing the argument for why women needed the vote. The Subjection of Women (1869) described the abuse of male power in the family as evidence for the claim ...

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