Gender in futures: A study of gender and feminist papers published in Futures, 1969-2009
2011 (English)In: Futures: The journal of policy, planning and futures studies, ISSN 0016-3287, E-ISSN 1873-6378, Vol. 43, no 9, 1029-1039 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This paper reviews and discusses papers related to women's studies, gender or feminist perspectives, published in the scientific journal Futures. The aim is to provide new understandings and remapping of futures studies by capturing how gender is created and understood in this field. The gender/feminist criticism of futures studies mainly relates to the field being male-dominated and male biased, which means that the future is seen as already colonised by men. When synthesising the insights from all 78 papers focusing on futures studies and feminism, gender or women, four conclusions are especially striking: (1) Women and non-Westerners are generally excluded from professional futures studies activities and so are feminist issues or issues of particular relevance for women. (2) Futures studies usually make no attempts to reveal underlying assumptions, i.e. often lack a critical and reflexive perspective, which is needed in order to add a critical feminist perspective and envision feminist futures. (3) Feminist futures are needed as a contrast to hegemonic male and Western technology-orientated futures. Feminist futures are diverse, but focus the well-being of all humans. (4) Futures studies often view women as victims, rather than as drivers for change, which means that their alternative futures are often ignored.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2011. Vol. 43, no 9, 1029-1039 p.
futures studies, feminism, gender
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-33670DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2011.07.002ISI: 000295566200012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-80052021357OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-33670DiVA: diva2:416976
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