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A Feminist Empirical and Integrative Approach in Political Science: Breaking Down the Glass Wall?

Amy G. Mazur

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780195392753
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195392753.013.0022

Series: Oxford Handbooks

 A Feminist Empirical and Integrative Approach in Political Science: Breaking Down the Glass Wall?

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This article explores how feminist comparative policy (FCP) takes an empirical and integrative approach to feminist analysis. Gender work in American politics is perhaps the most empirical and the least integrative with other areas of feminist analysis. The Research Network on Gender Politics and the State (RNGS) case illustrates that the persistence of the glass wall is a result of a complex combination of factors: shared scholarly agendas, androcentrism, publication strategies, and timing. As the case of FCP, and more specifically the RNGS project, demonstrate, breaking down the persistent barriers between feminist and nonfeminist research is a slow process, one that takes considerable resources on the part of feminist scholars, the presence of male allies on the nonfeminist side who see the importance of gender research, and also the persistence and power of female feminist scholars to pursue the integrative agenda in nonfeminist publication and scholarly outlets.

Keywords: feminist comparative policy; RNGS; feminist analysis; American politics; gender

Article.  11885 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Feminist Philosophy ; Social and Political Philosophy

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