Gender approaches

Authored by: Gabriele Abels , Heather MacRae

The Routledge Handbook of Critical European Studies

Print publication date:  December  2020
Online publication date:  December  2020

Print ISBN: 9781138589919
eBook ISBN: 9780429491306
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9780429491306-8

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Abstract

Beginning in the early 1990s, gender scholars started to investigate the process of European integration. Since then, they have analysed how women and gender relations shape the European Union (EU) and its policies, as well as how EU gender equality policies affect national gender regimes. Although the research focus has been, more often than not, policy-driven, it has brought with it consequences for theorising European integration. This literature ‘has helped to shed light on otherwise hidden effects and drivers of European integration’ (Abels and MacRae 2016, 10), illuminating the EU's gendered nature and the gender-blindness of established theories.

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