Gender and feminism in the social sciences: equity, excellence and knowledge in the disciplines

By Fiona Jenkins and Helen Keane


Feminist scholarship has been central to the success and prominence of the Australian social sciences. The impact and significance of the work of sociologists such as Raewyn Connell and Rosemary Pringle, historians Barbara Caine and Marilyn Lake, philosophers Genevieve Lloyd and Moira Gatens and political scientists Carol Bacchi and Louise Chappell are recognised internationally. But how effective has feminist critique been in reshaping what counts as authoritative knowledge and research excellence in the disciplines? And what is the relationship between the disciplines' varying incorporation of feminist perspectives and their progress towards organisational gender equity goals?

Citation: Jenkins, F., & Keane, H. (2014). Gender and feminism in the social sciences: Equity, excellent and knowledge in the disciplines. Australian Feminist Studies, 29(80), 107-114.

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