Gender


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Enikő Demény
Teresa Joaquim
Päivi Korvajärvi

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"The concept gender ….. it is an overarching concept (Gullestad, 1989) across various disciplines. …… At the same time gender is a contested concept, which has been criticized for different reasons, among others for its impossibility to translate into some languages, and from different perspectives (Braidotti, 1994; Birke, 1999; Butler, 1990; 1993). The questions worth thinking about are: In which contexts and for what purposes is gender still a useful analytical tool? What will be lost if this concept is emptied from its normative dimension (its emancipatory power)? … How is this concept used in various disciplines or theories? ….Is there is a well-defined concept 'gender', which constitutes a bridge across various disciplines/theories or does each discipline/theory have its own concept of gender, with different meanings? (I defined more preciselly what I mean by the concept in my small group paper on gender, knowledge, representation. Gender means practice organized in terms of, or in relation to, the reproductive division of people into male and female. ... Gender ....is a process rather than a thing, is a process of organizing social life in a particular way.)" Enikő Demény


"The analysis of different kinds of material – political and scientific - will allow us to understand the plurivocity of the uses of “gender” (generally a mere substitute of “sex”); or in Päivi Korvajärvi’s words in her position paper, explore “how concepts travel from texts to the research tools of analysing the activities of concrete people, or cultural phenomena, in society”, or “(…) how gender is done in different contexts”." Teresa Joaquim

"Doing gender means attending to the concrete processes and practices that are routinely maintained and reproduced in the activities of women and men. ...gender is done through the individuals’ self-definitions" Päivi Korvajärvi