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Rebeca Gomez Betancourt participe au colloque de l’IAFFE (International Association for Feminist Economics) : « Sustaining Life : Challenges of Multidimensional Crises »

24 juin 2021, en ligne


Rebeca Gomez Betancourt, professeure de sciences économiques à l’université Lumière Lyon-2, présentera avec Camila Orozco Espinel une communication intitulée :
« Feminist economics : a history of a sub-discipline of economics through its tensions »,
dans le cadre de la session Feminist Theories (4).

Résumé :
Like several new research fields in social sciences (Convert and Heilbron 2007, Almeida and Cavalieri 2017), Feminist Economics was produced by the deployment of relatively diverse researchers under a single academic label. Both, the label of “Feminist Economics” and the associated claim of being a sub-field are relatively new. Until the late 2000’s the work in feminist economics was frequently placed in such often inappropriate categories as “Economics of Gender” or the overly general “Economic Methodology” (M. Ferber and J. Nelson 2003, 10). For instance, the JEL code “Feminist Economics” (B54) is relatively new (only exists from 2005). A set of strategies was implemented to create and delimitated the sub-discipline : the 1990 panel at the ASSA meeting “Can Feminist find Home in Economics ?”, the establishment of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE) in 1992 and it official publication, the Journal of Feminist Economics in 1994, as well as the organization of IAFFE’S annual conference and publishing activities. Grouping researchers under the same academic label made possible to put together diverse research practices and integrate them into a single academic field. From the beginning a tension between two strategies guided the process of institutionalization. On the one hand, to create an inclusive space to talk, encouraging more and diverse people to develop Feminist Economics. On the other hand, to reinforce the borders, keeping outsiders out of the sub-field. The aim of our paper is to explain the genesis and the transformation of Feminist Economics as a sub-discipline of economics. More concretely, based on interviews to 13 formers IAFFE presidents, the founding editor of the journal and two former members of the IAFFE board, we show the consequences of the institutionalization for the development of feminist research within economics and the meaning of this label.

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