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 in Feminist Research Processes1

Power in feminist research processes


Power is a major concern for feminist research as well as for feminist activism. In terms of academic research power has an impact on the conditions in which a project is initiated and produced (Stanley and Wise, 1993). This question – of the conditions through which research is produced – involves further issues: the relatively few women at senior levels in academia compared to men, the commonplace marginalization of research on gender, whether conducted by men or women, and the increasing levels of precarious employment, limited access to funding and increased workload within academia (Gill, 2010).

These are aspects of power that operate on research projects from the outside, all of which are important to discuss. However, ...

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