At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

‘Homo Economicus’ and ‘His’ Impact on Gendered Societies1

‘Homo economicus’ and ‘his’ impact on gendered societies


For many heterodox and feminist economists, the concept of Hayek's self-regulated markets is a questionable theory in terms of its deep ideological contradictions, and the current economic crisis is seen as most recent manifestation of this (Wallerstein, 2010; Hanappi, 2010). Thus there was some hope that alternative socio-economic models would come under discussion and that such revised and fairer international models could even be implemented. Perhaps unsurprisingly this hope remains unfulfilled; yet at the same time more and more citizens are refusing to accept the proposed solutions to the crisis in terms of slashed budgets for public goods such as education, social security and health. Widespread industrial action, the ‘occupy’ ...

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