Vicky Randall

in The Oxford Handbook of British Politics

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780199230952
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations


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This article is concerned with the extent and manner in which feminism as a critical perspective has informed scholarly analyses of British politics. It starts by presenting an account of British feminism as an evolving dialogue. It evaluates the influence of feminism on the study of British politics, in comparison with its impact in other areas of social science and the humanities, and even compared with other fields of politics such as international relations. Moreover, the article explores the impact in greater detail, under the heads of normative thrust, epistemology, subject matter, concepts, and methods. It is shown that feminism as a perspective has tremendous relevance for politics and specifically British politics. It continues to inspire scholarly research into many different aspects of British politics, and indeed seems to have enjoyed a recent surge with the emergence of a new generation of scholars.

Keywords: British feminism; British politics; social science; humanities; epistemology

Article.  7221 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; UK Politics ; Political Behaviour

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