Gender, Governance and Feminist Analysis: Missing in Action?, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Governance and Feminist Analysis

Missing in Action?, 1st Edition

Edited by Christine M Hudson, Malin Rönnblom, Katherine Teghtsoonian


198 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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This edited volume presents critical scholarship analysing governance practices in diverse jurisdictions in Europe and North America, at multiple scales, and in relation to several different arenas of policy and practice. The contributors address shortcomings in the mainstream literature on governance within the discipline of political science.

The volume as a whole is marked by geographical and topical diversity. However, what the individual chapters have in common is that each considers whether and how gender, racialized identity, and/or other axes of marginalization are visible within the conceptualizations and/or practices of governance under discussion.

Drawing together insights and conceptual tools from both feminist and post-structuralist frameworks in analysing governance practices, this volume will be of great interest to scholars and graduates who engage with feminist and/or post-structural analysis of policy and governance. It will also be of use to critical policy scholars in anthropology, geography, sociology, and women’s studies.


This collection offers an exciting feminist challenge to mainstream political science. Drawing on feminist and post-structuralist readings of governance, the authors engage with questions of post-politics, governmentality, agency, embodiment, emotion and affect. In doing so they reshape the terrain of politics, and broaden the spaces and practices under consideration. By offering new conceptual and methodological approaches they demonstrate the value of a feminist poststructuralist political science.

Wendy Larner, Provost, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Missing in action?

Christine Hudson, Malin Rönnblom and Katherine Teghtsoonian

2 Re-gendering governance in times of austerity: dilemmas of feminist research, theory and politics

Janet Newman

3. Affective governmentality – A feminist perspective

Birgit Sauer and Otto Penz

4 Mainlining the motherboard: The paradox of gendered academic labour in the university

Kirsten Locke and Susan Wright

5 Problematization as performative practice: An analysis of articles on gender and innovation

Line Säll

6 Unsettling neoliberlism? Governmentality, feminist analysis and problematizations of workers’ mental health

Katherine Teghtsoonian

7 Complaints, gender and power in governing education

Sara Carlbaum

8 Situating agency in the context of the post-political city?

Christine Hudson

9 Analysing power at play: (re-)doing an analytics of the political in an era of governance

Malin Rönnblom

10 Epilogue: A three-dimensional feminist post-structuralist analysis

Christine Hudson and Malin Rönnblom

About the Editors

Christine Hudson is a Professor in Political Science at Umeå University, Sweden. She has researched on a wide number of policy areas including city planning and urban and regional policy particularly from a feminist perspective. She has worked with emotional and visual dimensions in studying women’s citizenship in the city and in relation to feelings of fear and safety. Among her recent publications are "Sharing Fairly? Mobility, Citizenship, and Gender Relations in Two Swedish City-Regions, Journal of Urban Affairs, 2017.

Malin Rönnblom is an Associate Professor in Political Science and a Senior Lecturer in Gender Studies, dividing her time between Karlstad and Umeå Universities, both in Sweden. Her main research interests are related to critical policy studies, rural and urban studies, as well as feminist political theory. Among her recent publications in English are: "Planning the new city – emotional reactions and positions", in Emotions, Space and Society,2016, with Linda Sandberg, and "Contesting feminist discursive institutionalism – a poststructural alternative" in NORA, 2014, with Carol Bacchi.

Katherine Teghtsoonian is Professor Emerita at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research has explored neoliberalism and its complex relationships with public and organizational policies in diverse empirical fields. Journals in which her work has been published include Critical Policy Studies, International Journal of Political Science, Politics and Gender, Signs: A Journal of Women in Culture and Society and Social Science & Medicine.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics

In this series, we aim to publish books that work with, and through, feminist insights on global politics, and illuminate the ways in which gender functions not just as a marker of identity but also as a constitutive logic in global political practices. This series welcomes scholarship on any aspect of global political practices, broadly conceived, that pays attention to the ways in which gender is central to, (re)produced in, and is productive of, such practices.

There is growing recognition both within the academy and in global political institutions that gender matters in and to the practices of global politics. From the governance of peace and security, to the provision of funds for development initiatives, via transnational advocacy networks linked through strategic engagement with new forms of media, these processes have a gendered dimension that is made visible through empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated feminist work.

The series aims to be genuinely global in scope. We welcome submissions from scholars in/of the global South and support scholars for whom English is a second or other language through the publication process with dedicated editorial assistance. The series is also multi-disciplinary, publishing work from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a global aspect and political focus.

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