Feminist Legal Method and the Study of Institutions


O’Rourke, Catherine. 2014. “Feminist Legal Method and the Study of Institutions.” Politics & Gender 10 (04): 691–97. doi:10.1017/S1743923X14000506.

Author: Catherine O'Rourke


Consistent with feminist scholarship more broadly, feminist legal methodology is more clearly unified by a common objective—revealing and challenging the role of law in exacerbating women's inequality—than specific methods per se. Nevertheless, common methods and approaches to the feminist legal study of institutions can be discerned. This brief intervention will focus on describing these common methods and approaches, explaining how they differ from feminist political science, and conclude with some reflections on how feminist legal studies might enrich feminist political science study of institutions in order to inform strategies for change.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender Analysis, Constitutions, International Law, International Human Rights, Justice, Post-Conflict

Year: 2014

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