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The Political Interests of Gender Revisited
Redoing theory and research with a feminist face
Anna G. Jonasdottir   Kathleen B. Jones  

$33.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2009
ISBN: 9780719076251    

320 Pages

Distributed for Manchester University Press


About the Book

"In the last two decades," Jónasdóttir and Jones write in their introduction to this important new anthology, "two trends have characterised approaches to the concept of gender in political 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." In this unique collection of theoretical and empirical research on gender and politics, the editors push past this impasse, assembling contributions from an impressive group of international scholars providing varied accounts of the political interests of gender. Investigating different institutional structures and discourses, contributors to this multidisciplinary collection illustrate concretely how to bridge the gap between discursive (post-structuralist, semiotic, philosophical, etc.) and socio-materialist accounts of gender relations and politics.

Structured around three conceptual guideposts - "politics," "interests," and "gender" - this anthology 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 first five chapters of the book provide a theoretical framework for the collection, while the following eight chapters shed light on key concepts through concrete case studies of such topics as human rights, women’s movements, gendered labor markets, international monetary policy, equality policy, and queer politics. Including both theoretical analyses and empirical research makes the anthology unique among recent books published on gender and politics.

Published in North America by the United Nations University Press

About the Author(s)

Kathleen B. Jones is Professor Emerita of Women's Studies at San Diego State University, San Diego, USA.

Anna G. Jónasdóttir is Professor of Gender Studies in the Center for Feminist Social Studies at Örebro University, Sweden.

Table of Contents

1. The political interests of gender revisited: reconstructing feminist theory and political research - Anna G. Jónasdóttir and Kathleen B. Jones
2. Out of epistemology: feminist theory in the 1980s and beyond - Anna G. Jónasdóttir and Kathleen B. Jones
3. Feminist questions, Marx´s method, and the theorisation of ‘love power’ - Anna G. Jónasdóttir
4. Empowerment, development and women’s liberation - Ann Ferguson
5. To teach ‘the correct procedure for love’: matrilineal cultures and the nation state - Maria-Barbara Watson-Franke
6. Confronting power and politics: a feminist theorizing of gender in Commonwealth Caribbean societies - Eudine Barriteau
7. Men, power and the problem of gender equality policy implementation - Ingrid Pincus
8. Explanations of internal sex segregation in a male dominated profession: the police force - Berit Åberg
9. Queer citizenship/queer representation: politics out of bounds? - Sue Dunlap and Kathleen B. Jones
10. Injecting a woman’s voice: conservative women’s organizations, gender consciousness and the expression of women’s policy preferences - Ronnee Schreiber
11. Women in movement: transformations in African political landscapes - Aili Mari Tripp
12. European Central Bank, monetary policy and the ‘social Europe’ - Brigitte Young
13. Private pain/public peace: women’s rights as human rights and Amnesty International’s report on violence against women - Gillian Youngs


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Related Topics

Political Science
Women's Studies

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