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What is Women’s Studies

Contemporary Global Perspectives on Gender Economics
An academic field devoted to exploring gender identities, relations, practices, theories and institutions.
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A Note on the History of Gender Economics and Feminist Economics: Not the Same Story
Giandomenica Becchio (University of Torino, Italy)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 11
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-8611-3.ch002
The aim of this paper is to show the differences between Gender Economics (GE) and Feminist Economics (FE). The first part will deal with a historical reconstruction of these differences. The central part of this chapter will specifically illustrate Gender Economics, Feminist Economics, Feminine Economics, and the Austrian approaches to gender studies within economics. Gender Economics is an approach mainly focused on the role of gender in social and economic problems of the public life (such as labor, migration, household, laws, civil rights) as well as in a private contest (housekeeping, sexuality, and so on). Feminist Economics, Feminine Economics and Austrian economics develop in different ways a much more challenging perspective: they promote a deep revision of the mainstream economic theory founded on the optimization of an expected utility function that has been shaped into a masculine perspective.
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The Evolution of Gender Studies and Its Impact on the African Society in the 21st Century
An academic field that draws on feminist and interdisciplinary methods in order to place women’s lives and experiences at the centre of study, while examining social and cultural constructs of gender; systems of privilege and oppression; and the relationships between power and gender as they intersect with other identities and social locations such as race, sexual orientation, socio-economic class, and disability.
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