1st Edition

Women, Social Science and Public Policy

Edited By Jacqueline Goodnow, Carole Pateman Copyright 1985
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    Originally published in 1985, Women, Social Science and Public Policy looks at what difference the debate over the position of women had made to the way social scientists worked and thought, or to law and social policies at the time. Debate had been widespread during the 1960s and 1970s and this book takes stock. It avoids the standard statistics on the position of women and concentrates instead on the challenges contained in this long debate to the way research topics and method are selected – challenges in effect to the assumption of ‘business as usual’ with the addition of a few details on women.

    Sponsored by the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, this book is deliberately multi-disciplinary. Chapters are written by leading scholars in anthropology, economics, history, law, politics, psychology, sociology and government. These authors share both a theoretical and practical knowledge of ideas and policies. They share also a concern with analysing basic assumptions and to set Australian research and debate in an international context.

    This thoughtful book will be of interest to all who wish to understand the theoretical and the policy issues underpinning much of the feminist debate, and the way in which it affects their own thinking about issues of social science, social policy and social structure.

    Preface.  List of Authors.  Introduction.  1. Topics, Methods and Models: Feminist Challenges in Social Science Jacqueline Goodnow  2. Women in History: Reconstructing the Past Patricia Grimshaw  3. Seeing Women in the Landscape: Alternative Views of the World Around Us Fay Gale  4. Rewards for Women’s Work Bettina Cass  5. Individual Equity and Social Policy Meredith Edwards  6. The Gender of Bureaucracy: Reflections on Feminism and the State Hester Eisenstein  7. In Pursuit of Equality: Women and Legal Thought 1788–1984 Jocelynne A. Scutt.  References.


    At the time of publication the editors were among Australia’s most distinguished social scientists. Jacqueline Goodnow (1924–2014) was Professor of Behavioural Science at Macquarie University, Sydney, and the author of a number of important books in child development and education. Carole Pateman was a Reader in Government at the University of Sydney and had published a wide range of books and articles in political and social theory.