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Gender studies and interdisciplinarity

Woodward, Kath and Woodward, Sophie (2015). Gender studies and interdisciplinarity. Palgrave Communications, article no. 15018.

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In this article we consider the example of gender studies as an interdisciplinary field, and argue that gender studies, and women’s studies, from which gender studies developed, has a distinctive engagement with interdisciplinarity. By thinking about the tra- jectory of women’s studies, feminist thinking and gender studies, we suggest that this has always been an interdisciplinary field of study. We trace both the shifts and continuities in thinking between different iterations of feminist thinking to consider the three core fields of: gender, sex and sexuality; intersectionality and activism; theory and methods. The article aims to open up debate over what the constructive possibilities are of a focus upon gender, and what the relationship is between theory and activism. This article is published as part of an ongoing collection dedicated to interdisciplinary research.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 2055-1045
Keywords: interdisciplinarity; sex; gender; sexuality; feminist theory
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 45195
Depositing User: Kath Woodward
Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 10:37
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2019 13:24
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