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.
The idea of social protection could refer to something as narrow as social policies targeted to assist people living in poverty, or to something as broad as the welfare regime.1 In this chapter I consider social protection as those public interventions aimed to i) protect people against certain circumstances, such as the lack of income in old age (pension system), the lack of health (health insurance and public health systems), the lack of income owing to the loss of employment (unemployment benefit), the cost of raising children (family allowances); and also to ii) provide goods and services that guarantee basic human rights, such as the right to education (public education), meet the right to a minimum standard of living (poverty reduction ...