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.

Power, Privilege and Precarity: The Gendered Dynamics of Contemporary Inequality

Power, privilege and precarity: The gendered dynamics of contemporary inequality
RobinDunford and DianePerrons

Introduction

In the immediate aftermath of the 2007-08 financial crisis debate raged between neoliberal economists and Keynesian heterodox economists. The former, armed with an explanation of the crisis as a product of rising public deficits resulting from runaway state spending, proposed further privatization and cuts to public spending to foster conditions for a private sector-led recovery. The latter understood the crisis to have resulted from a demand deficit caused in part by rising inequalities. This rising inequality, as it is itself the result of thirty years of neo-liberal dominance in public policy, would render further programs of privatization and cuts a fetter on, rather than ...

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