The debates around gender and the role it plays in a society have become of increasing importance amongst social scientists, academics and policy makers. This debate has been fuelled by the fact that a variety of political, economic, ideological and cultural factors determine the role each gender plays in a society and, in most societies, those roles are characterized by unequal power relations. In a perfect world gender equity refers to the fair and just distribution of all means of opportunities and resources between women and men and chances in life will not depend on their sexual orientation. However, in most societies and cultures, a thorough examination of relationships between men and women, their roles, privileges, status and positions, tends to reveal an unequal power distribution due to gender differences. Gender issues tend to arise when inequalities and inequities exist between people purely on the basis of their being female or male.
This special issue of the International Journal of Social Inquiry focuses on understanding the role of gender and the complex debates surrounding this term. The Special Issue Editors welcome contributions reflecting different perspectives, methodological approaches, international and cross-cultural contexts. While empirical papers are strongly encouraged, theoretical and conceptual contributions which address issues arising from gender inequalities and wider aspects of the gender debate within social science research are particularly welcome.
The Special Issue seeks high-quality papers that will contribute significantly to our knowledge and understanding of the role of gender, issues arising from gender inequalities and possible solution to those issues.
The details for submission of manuscripts are available on the Journal website at
The papers for this edition are due by the 1st of December, 2008.
International Journal of Social Inquiry (IJSI) is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal publishing theoretical and empirical work that uses a variety of methodological approaches that advance the study of social science that is related to the whole spectrum of society.
The International Journal of Social Inquiry is published by Uludag University Social Sciences Institute, in collaboration with RMIT University, James Cook University and Washington State University.
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