How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences

Innovation and Impact

Editors: Sawer, Marian, Jenkins, Fiona, Downing, Karen (Eds.)

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  • Shows how scholarship that considers gender make new contributions to both scholarly debate and policy
  • Brings together theoretical work and policy debates
  • Uses a comparative angle by exploring research across disciplines
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This collection turns a spotlight on gender innovation in the social sciences. Eighteen short and accessibly written case studies show how feminist and gender perspectives bring new concepts, theories and policy solutions. Scholars across five disciplines– economics, history, philosophy, political science and sociology – demonstrate how paying attention to gender can sharpen the focus of the social sciences, improve the public policy they inform, and change the way we measure things. Gender innovation provokes rethinking at both the core and the margins of established disciplines, sometimes developing alternative fields of research that chart new territory. These case studies celebrate the contribution of feminist and gender scholars and span topics ranging from budgeting, electoral systems and security studies to the ethics of care, emotional labor and climate change.


About the authors

Marian Sawer is Emeritus Professor of Political Science at the Australian National University, an Officer of the Order of Australia and Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Fiona Jenkins is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University and current convenor of the ANU Gender Institute.

Karen Downing, is a historian at the Australian National University and a researcher on the Gendered Excellence in the Social Sciences project. 

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“Gender inclusion in science and technology fields demands more than an increase in women’s descriptive representation. Adding a gender-aware lens to the knowledge-production process reveals that man-centered definitions of concepts and measurement standards have distorted what we thought we knew. This brilliant volume takes social sciences seriously as science, issue by issue, to track down these biased questions and dubious answers across multiple fields of research. The authors move beyond critique to suggest high-impact ways to remedy these shortcomings, a smart concept carried out consistently well. By using feminist interventions into the scholarship in each specific area they show how both knowledge and policy dramatically differ when inclusive science is done.” —Myra Marx Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Local Affiliate at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University, USA

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
How Gender Can Transform the Social Sciences
Book Subtitle
Innovation and Impact
Editors
  • Marian Sawer
  • Fiona Jenkins
  • Karen Downing
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-43236-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-43236-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-43235-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 197
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations, 7 illustrations in colour
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