feminist studies

URI: http://eige.europa.eu/taxonomy/term/1131

Definition

Studies that aim mainly to provide a scholarly understanding of women’s and girl’s situations, roles and options in societies and cultures. The starting point of feminist studies was the argumentation about the oppression of women, which was perceived in all areas and at all levels of public and private life, as well as the awareness of their invisibility in history and culture. Feminist studies require a multi-sectoral approach in that they cover all areas of knowledge and combine theoretical and methodological aspects in their research on gendered phenomena, and therefore very often have not only an academic but also a political character.

See also: women’s studies

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