Call for Chapters: Critical Perspectives on Gender Equality Measurement in Canada
Call for Submissions to an Edited Volume
Critical Perspectives on Gender Equality Measurement in Canada
Gender equality has been actively embraced globally as a policy goal and social value by governments, agencies, organizations, and private sector actors. In the last 15 years, these same institutions and actors have designed various instruments to measure gender equality that are often highly technocratic and result in the production of vast qualitative and quantitative data. An unparalleled production of instruments and conceptual frameworks to measure gender now exist; yet, the focus to date has concentrated on the effectiveness of the instruments employed for inclusion and evaluation rather than analysis of the broader impact of the project of gender equality measurement itself. In addition, the study and practice of the different measurement techniques and protocols has unfolded in geographic or institutional silos with little or no cross communication. At the same time, there are serious critiques of the gender equality measurement project per se from scholars, activists and policy makers. On one end of the spectrum are concerns that the focus on gender undermines neutral standards and results in discriminatory rather than equitable practices and policies. Other critiques posit that measuring gender equality results in assimilation or tokenism that effectively masks and exacerbates inequities.
This collection will undertake an assessment of gender equality measurement as it has unfolded in Canada. We are seeking contributions that address the state-of-the-art in gender equality measurement, including research into how gender equality is measured and how existing practices can be improved, as well as articles that examine and critique the “technical turn” in policies that promote gender equality. Papers are welcome that consider the multiple and often contradictory effects of the emphasis on measurement for policy, governance, and feminist advocacy and research. What is being measured and how? How has the choice of measurement tools affected the vision of gender equality that is promoted? Who is accepted as a gender expert? Under what conditions have current measurement efforts furthered gender equality goals, and under what conditions has it undermined them? We are interested in papers that span all scales of gender equality measurement, from studies of municipal governments to international institutions, as well as contributions that explore these issues in public, private or non-profit sectors.
Guidelines for submission:
Please submit a 300-word abstract of your proposed contribution and a 100-word biography by August 15, 2013 to co-editors Christina Gabriel (Christina.Gabriel@carleton.ca) or Pauline Rankin (Pauline.Rankin@carleton.ca).
Potential contributors will be contacted by September 15, 2013. Draft papers will be due February 15, 2014. This timeline is in anticipation of a manuscript for submission to a university press in Summer 2014.
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