Feminist Theory/Gender Studies

Authored by: Laura J. Shepherd

Routledge Handbook of International Political Sociology

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415732253
eBook ISBN: 9781315446486
Adobe ISBN: 9781315446479


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This chapter provides an overview of the ways in which the emergent field of international political sociology is imbricated with feminist theory and the ways in which feminist conceptualizations of the social, the political and the international inform and are informed by scholarship in international political sociology. Tracing the development of feminist theories of society and politics back to early interventions from feminist scholars, in the first section of this chapter I discuss feminist theories of knowledge and how we might understand feminist theory and/or gender studies as bodies of work. The second section of this chapter outlines some of the key contributions of this scholarship and shows how feminist theory is always already international/political/sociology.

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