Making Gender Equality Happen

Making Gender Equality Happen : Knowledge, Change and Resistance in EU Gender Mainstreaming

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In theory, the EU's 'Gender Mainstreaming' policy should mark it out as a trail-blazer in gender equality, but gender equality activists in Europe confront a knotty problem; most civil servants and policy makers can't understand how to 'mainstream' gender. Making Gender Equality Happen argues that we should take this problem seriously. In this book Cavaghan uncovers the social processes that make gender appear irrelevant to so many policy makers using a new method, gender knowledge contestation analysis. Building on this new perspective Cavaghan identifies: * barriers to effective gender mainstreaming; * mechanisms of resistance to gender mainstreaming; and * the steps towards positive change, which gender mainstreaming can yield, even when results stop short of 'transformation'. These findings present fresh perspectives for policy makers and activists aiming to make gender equality happen. Cavaghan's new method also opens fresh avenues in feminist EU studies, which are particularly relevant in the wake of the financial crisis, as the EU seems to be stepping away from its commitments to gender more

Product details

  • Hardback | 242 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 504g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 5 black & white illustrations, 1 black & white tables, 5 black & white line drawings
  • 1138998737
  • 9781138998735

About Rosalind Cavaghan

Rosalind Cavaghan is a postdoctoral fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University. Her research combines the broad themes of European governance, public policy/global political economy and gender. She completed her PhD in Edinburgh, where she worked as a policy consultant, prior to commencing academic more

Table of contents

Table of Contents Boxes Tables and Figures Part I: Gender Change and EU Gender Mainstreaming Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Mainstreaming Gender: Gender and the State Chapter 3: Understanding Policy as a Knowledge Process Part II: Empirical Analysis Chapter 4: Developing and Doing Gender Knowledge Contestation Analysis Chapter 5: 'No Data, No Problem, No Policy': Establishing Gender Mainstreaming in DG Research Chapter 6: 'Lets Say We Did Our Homework': Gender Mainstreaming in 'Directorate H' Chapter 7: 'Anything Pro-active, No.' Gender Mainstreaming in 'Directorate N' Part III Conclusions Chapter 8: Re-Thinking Gender Mainstreaming: Process, Contestation, and Knowingshow more