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.

Essentially Quantified? Towards a More Feminist Modeling Strategy

Essentially quantified? Towards a more feminist modeling strategy


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 ...

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