1st Edition

Critical Realism, Feminism, and Gender: A Reader

Edited By Michiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann, Lena Gunnarsson Copyright 2020
    314 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    314 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In assessing the current state of feminism and gender studies, whether on a theoretical or a practical level, it has become increasingly challenging to avoid the conclusion that these fields are in a state of disarray. Indeed, feminist and gender studies discussions are beset with persistent splits and disagreements. This reader suggests that returning to, and placing centre-stage, the role of philosophy, especially critical realist philosophy of science, is invaluable for efforts that seek to overcome or mitigate the uncertainty and acrimony that have resulted from this situation. In particular, it claims that the dialectical logic that runs through critical realist philosophy is ideally suited to advancing feminist and gender studies discussions about broad ontological and epistemological questions and considerations, intersectionality, and methodology, methods, and empirical research. By bringing together four new and eight existing writings this reader provides both a focal point for renewed discussions about the potential and actual contributions of critical realist philosophy to feminism and gender studies and a timely contribution to these discussions.

    Making Waves, and Beyond

    Michiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann, and Lena Gunnarsson

    Part I Philosophical Preliminaries: Critical Realism, Feminism, and Gender

    Michiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann, and Lena Gunnarsson

    1. Feminism, Realism, and Universalism

    Tony Lawson

    2. Post-structuralist and Constructivist Feminism.

    Carrie Hull

    3. Sex and Gender: A Critical Realist Approach

    Caroline New

    4. A Defence of the Category ‘Women’

    Lena Gunnarsson

    5. Gender Theory Non-conforming: Critical Realist Feminism, Trans Politics, and Affordance Theory

    Angela Martinez Dy

    Part II Critical Realism and Intersectionality

    Michiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann, and Lena Gunnarsson

    6. Developing a Critical Realist Positional Approach to Intersectionality

    Angela Martinez Dy, Lee Martin, and Susan Marlow

    7. Agency and Ontology within Intersectional Analysis: A Critical Realist Contribution

    Sue Clegg

    8. Why we keep Separating the ‘Inseparable’: Dialecticising Intersectionality

    Lena Gunnarsson

    Part III Methodology and Methods: Critical Realism and Empirical Research

    Michiel van Ingen, Steph Grohmann, and Lena Gunnarsson

    9. The Reality of Gender (Ideology): Using Abduction and Retroduction in Applied Critical Realist Research

    Amber J. Fletcher

    10. After Constructivism: Rethinking Feminist Security Studies through Interdisciplinary Research

    Michiel van Ingen

    11. Integrating Critical Realist and Feminist Methodologies: Ethical and Analytical Dilemmas

    Sadie Parr

    12. Critical Realist Discourse Analysis, Motherhood, and Gender: A Systematic Methodological Approach to Analysis

    Wendy Sims-Schouten

    Further Readings


    Michiel van Ingen is an Associate Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

    Steph Grohmann is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Centre for Homeless and Inclusion Health at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

    Lena Gunnarsson is a Researcher and Teacher in Gender Studies at Örebro University and Lund University, Sweden.