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Politics, Gender, and Concepts
Theory and Methodology

Amy G. Mazur, Gary Goertz, Pamela Paxton, Karen Celis, Diane Sainsbury, Georgina Waylen, Kathleen Staudt, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, S. Laurel Weldon, Dorothy E. McBride
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  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521897761


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  • A critique of concepts has been central to feminist scholarship since its inception. However, while gender scholars have identified the analytical gaps in existing social science concepts, few have systematically mapped out a gendered approach to issues in political analysis and theory development. This volume addresses this important gap in the literature by exploring the methodology of concept construction and critique, which is a crucial step to disciplined empirical analysis, research design, causal explanations, and testing hypotheses. Leading gender and politics scholars use a common framework to discuss methodological issues in some of the core concepts of feminist research in political science, including representation, democracy, welfare state governance, and political participation. This is an invaluable work for researchers and students in women's studies and political science.

    • Addresses methodological and substantive issues of gender and concept analysis in a systematic manner
    • Explores core concepts of feminist research in political science, such as representation, democracy, welfare state, governance, political participation, intersectionality, women's movement, state feminism and masculinism
    • An accompanying website provides new material and classroom related examples
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Politics, Gender and Concepts brings together two burgeoning fields - qualitative methods and gender politics research - in an indispensable volume that will be cited for years to come. Its comprehensive scope, accessibility and theoretical importance make it an essential handbook for graduate training.' Kira Sanbonmatsu, Rutgers University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521897761
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 180 x 24 mm
    • weight: 0.79kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Amy G. Mazur and Gary Goertz
    2. Mapping gender and politics concepts: ten guidelines Gary Goertz and Amy G. Mazur
    Part I. Gendering Concepts:
    3. Gendering democracy Pamela Paxton
    4. Gendering representation Karen Celis
    5. Gendering the welfare state Diane Sainsbury
    6. Gendering governance Georgina Waylen
    7. Gendering development Kathleen Staudt
    Part II. Gender-Specific Concepts:
    8. Gender ideology: masculinism and feminalism Georgia Duerst-Lahti
    9. Intersectionality S. Laurel Weldon
    10. Women's movements, feminism, and feminist movements Dorothy E. McBride and Amy G. Mazur
    11. State feminism Amy G. Mazur and Dorothy E. McBride
    Appendix. A website for additional gender and politics concepts.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Gender and Politics
    • Gender, Politics and Government
    • Philosophy & Social Justice
    • Political Opinion
    • Politics of Gender
  • Editors

    Gary Goertz, University of Arizona
    Gary Goertz teaches political science at the University of Arizona. He is the author or co-author of seven books and over forty articles on issues of international politics, methodology, and conflict studies, including Contexts of International Politics (Cambridge, 1994).

    Amy G. Mazur, Washington State University
    Amy G. Mazur is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington State University. Focusing her research on comparative feminist policy issues, she has published numerous book chapters and articles and is author or editor of four books, including Theorizing Feminist Policy (2002).


    Amy G. Mazur, Gary Goertz, Pamela Paxton, Karen Celis, Diane Sainsbury, Georgina Waylen, Kathleen Staudt, Georgia Duerst-Lahti, S. Laurel Weldon, Dorothy E. McBride

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