The Political Interests of Gender Revisited: Redoing Theory and Research with a Feminist Face

Overview

"In the last two decades," Jónasdóttir and Jones write in their introduction to this important new anthology, "two trends have characterized approaches to the concept of gender in political studies... one strategically centering gender in social and political analysis and the other deconstructing gender." Tensions between these trends led to an impasse in feminist theory, generating a "crisis in how to think about what we can do about gender, identity, or representation in the ethical/political sense." This unique collection of theoretical and

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Overview

"In the last two decades," Jónasdóttir and Jones write in their introduction to this important new anthology, "two trends have characterized approaches to the concept of gender in political studies... one strategically centering gender in social and political analysis and the other deconstructing gender." Tensions between these trends led to an impasse in feminist theory, generating a "crisis in how to think about what we can do about gender, identity, or representation in the ethical/political sense." This unique collection of theoretical and empirical research on gender and politics pushes past this impasse. Investigating different institutional structures and discourses, contributors illustrate how to bridge the gap between discursive (post-structuralist, semiotic, philosophical) and socio-materialist accounts of gender relations and politics.

Structured around three conceptual guideposts —politics, interests, and gender —the book demonstrates the continued relevance of these concepts in the context of a theoretical and material landscape in flux. Offering fresh models for theoretical and empirical research, the book sheds light on key concepts through case studies on human rights, women's movements, gendered labor markets, international monetary policy, equality policy, and queer politics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789280811612
  • Publisher: United Nations University Press
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann G. Jónasdóttir is professor of gender studies in the Center for Feminist Social Studies at Örebro University (Sweden). Kathleen B. Jones is professor emerita of women's studies at San Diego State University.

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Table of Contents

List of figures and tables page vii

List of contributors viii

Acknowledgements ix

1 The political interests of gender revisited: reconstructing feminist theory and political research Anna G. Jonasdottir Kathleen B. Jones 1

2 Out of epistemology: feminist theory in the 1980s and beyond Anna G. Jonasdottir Kathleen B. Jones 17

3 Feminist questions, Marx's method and the theorisation of 'love power' Anna G. Jonasdottir 58

4 Empowerment, development and women's liberation Ann Ferguson 84

5 To teach 'the correct procedure for love': matrilineal cultures and the nation state Maria-Barbara Watson-Franke 104

6 Confronting power and politics: a feminist theorising of gender in Commonwealth Caribbean societies Eudine Barriteau 122

7 Men, power and the problem of gender equality policy implementation Ingrid Pincus 149

8 Explanations of internal sex segregation in a male dominated profession: the police force Berit Aberg 167

9 Queer citizenship/queer representation: politics out of bounds? Kathleen B. Jones Sue Dunlap 189

10 Injecting a woman's voice: conservative women's organisations, gender consciousness and the expression of women's policy preferences Ronnee Schreiber 208

11 Women in movement: transformations in African political landscapes Aili Mari Tripp 230

12 European Central Bank, monetary policy and the 'social Europe' Brigitte Young 255

13 Private pain/public peace: women's rights as human rights and Amnesty International's report on violence against women Gillian Youngs 275

Index 296

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