Conflicts in feminism. New York: Routledge. Hughes, C. Key concepts in feminist theory and research. London: Sage Publications. McRobbie A The politics of feminist research: Between talk, text and action. Feminist Review Podems, D. Guilford Press: New York. Sielbeck-Bowen, K. Sielbeck-Mathes, K.
Brisolara, D. Seigart, and S. Whynot, J. A very interesting article although I did not agree with everything. For example, the comparison between feminist evaluation and the one from a gender perspective was too biased. They also seek diversity and different voices among women and men as well as diverse sexual orientations. Even the aim of equality is mostly not enough but issues beyond that may enhance all genders. Login Login and comment as BetterEvaluation member or simply fill out the fields below. What are the basic concepts that underpin feminist evaluation?
Feminist evaluation theorists often list six basic tenets as the fundamental elements of a feminist evaluation: Feminist evaluation has as a central focus the gender inequities that lead to social injustice. Discrimination or inequality based on gender is systemic and structural. Evaluation is a political activity; the contexts in which evaluation operates are politicized; and the personal experiences, perspectives, and characteristics evaluators bring to evaluations and with which we interact lead to a particular political stance.
A feminist evaluation encourages an evaluator to view her- or himself as an activist. Knowledge is a powerful resource that serves an explicit or implicit purpose. Knowledge should be a resource of and for the people who create, hold, and share it.
Knowledge and values are culturally, socially, and temporally contingent. Knowledge is also filtered through the knower. There are multiple ways of knowing; some ways are privileged over others. FE has as a central focus the gender inequities that lead to social injustice. FE views participation as a political activity and views knowledge and participation in discourse as a form of power. Explore why differences between women and men exist. View women as a homogenous group, without distinguishing other factors such as race, income level, marriage status, or other factors that make a difference.
Acknowledge and value differences; do not consider women as a homogenous category. Assume that equality of women and men is the end goal and design and value evaluations with this understanding. Acknowledge that women may not want the same things as men and design and value evaluations accordingly. Recognise other gender identities in addition to male and female Collect gender-sensitive data When collecting data, value different ways of knowing, seek to hear and represent different voices and provides a space for women or disempowered groups within the same contexts to be heard.
Get involved and take it one step further. Peer support can be invaluable when practising evaluation. This is particularly important for feminist evaluation which is currently not widely practised. Evaluation of the Action for Equality Program. Equal Community Foundation India. Zaveri, Sonal. A special thanks to this page's contributors.
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Advocates of agonistic politics worry that the kind of consensus sought by democratic theorists discussed above will lead to some kind of oppression or injustice by silencing new struggles. Instead of the rational back-and-forth of reasoned argumentation, theorists are beginning to see deliberative talk as forms of constituting the subject, judging without pre-conceived truths, and performatively creating new political projects. In sum, feminist political philosophy is a still evolving field of thought that has much to offer mainstream political philosophy.
In the past two decades it has come to exert a stronger influence over mainstream political theorizing, raising objections that mainstream philosophers have had to address, though not always very convincingly. And in its newest developments it promises to go even further. Historical Context and Developments 2.
Contemporary Approaches and Debates 2. Historical Context and Developments Current feminist political philosophy is indebted to the work of earlier generations of feminist scholarship and activism, including the first wave of feminism in the English-speaking world, which took place from the s to the s and focused on improving the political, educational, and economic system primarily for middle-class women. Contemporary Approaches and Debates Now in the second decade of the twenty-first century, feminist theorists are doing an extraordinary variety of work on matters political and democratic, including global ethics, human rights, disabilities studies, bioethics, climate change, and international development.
As Mary Dietz writes in her essay on current controversies in feminist theory, In recent years, political theorists have been engaged in debates about what it might mean to conceptualize a feminist political praxis that is aligned with democracy but does not begin from the binary of gender. Along these lines, Mouffe , pp. As Bonnie Honig, a champion of the agonistic model writes, Political theorists and feminists, in particular, have long criticized Arendt for the agonistic dimensions of her politics, charging that agonism is a masculinist, heroic, violent, competitive, merely aesthetic, or necessarily individualistic practice.
For these theorists, the notion of an agonistic feminism would be, at best, a contradiction in terms and, at worst, a muddled and, perhaps, dangerous idea. Their perspective is effectively endorsed by Seyla Benhabib who, in a recent series of powerful essays, tries to rescue Arendt for feminism by excising agonism from her thought.
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Honig , Associational theorists tend to look for ways, amidst all the differences and questions about the lack of foundations, it is possible to come to agreement on matters of common concern. As she writes, Only those norms i. Benhabib , 70 Following Habermas, Benhabib contends that certain conditions need to be in place in order for members of a political community to arrive at democratic outcomes, namely the proceedings need to be deliberative.
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