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Feminist Theory/Gender Studies

WithLaura J. Shepherd

This chapter provides an overview of the ways in which the emergent field of international political sociology is imbricated with feminist theory and the ways in which feminist conceptualizations of the social, the political and the international inform and are informed by scholarship in international political sociology. It discusses the feminist theories of knowledge and how might understand feminist theory and/or gender studies as bodies of work. The chapter outlines some of the key contributions of this scholarship and shows how feminist theory is always already international/political/sociology. In order to understand how feminist theory and/or gender studies is an inspiration for, and an influence upon, the emergent field of international political sociology, and in order to engage with questions of how feminist scholarship has theorized the social, the political and the international. The chapter also provides an exploration of feminist theory through the lens of feminist knowledge claims.