Women, Politics, and Change

Paperback | March 15, 2002

EditorKaren Ross

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Women, Politics, and Change is concerned with the relationship between women and politics from a variety of perspectives covering a wide range of geographical as well as political contexts. Essays span the theory/practice divide and everything between, from chapters which look at the broadtheoretical discussions concerning symbolic and substantive representation of and by women within formal politics, through to empirically informed studies based on interviews with women parliamentarians and women activists. Contributors are keen to analyze the contribution that women have made andcontinue to make to the development of the democratic project, through their different perspectives and (sometimes different) concerns. Crucially, though, many of the contributions explore the tensions which still exist for women when they attempt to work effectively in contexts which have beentraditionally hostile to women, and to examine the strategies which women devise to push a differently nuanced political agenda forward.Unusually, the political contexts that form the foci of this collection include both the 'usual suspects' of developed Western democracies but also news of and from other places, such as Kosova, China, Iran and Africa, where we still know relatively little about their political systems and even lessabout the gendered dimension of their political worlds. Closer to (the European) home, we can no longer speak of Westminster as the only seat of British Government. The past three years have seen the setting up of Assemblies in Wales, Northern Ireland and London and a Parliament in Scotland, andthe role of women in both the background and the foreground of those new political structures has been significant.The book carries on where Women in Politics, an earlier title in this series, left off. Then, the contributions were exclusively British, whereas the great strength of this volume lies precisely in the diversity of its geographical foci, spanning several continents as well as exploring manydifferent parliamentary, social, economic and cultural environments. This more inclusive focus reflects a shift in the Zeitgeist which is pushing outwards instead of inwards, at least as far as many women scholars are concerned, but also reflects a desire to map the differences that women can makeand are making in the lives of the world's citizens, and to explore if sisters are doing it for others as well as themselves.

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Women, Politics, and Change is concerned with the relationship between women and politics from a variety of perspectives covering a wide range of geographical as well as political contexts. Essays span the theory/practice divide and everything between, from chapters which look at the broadtheoretical discussions concerning symbolic an...

Karen Ross is currently Director of the Centre for Communications, Culture and Media at Coventry University. She previously worked at Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education (1995-1999) where she was the Head of School, Research and Professional Development. Prior to that appointment she worked as research fellow in th...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:220 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.5 inPublished:March 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Section 1: Questions of representation: the theory/practice gapMarian Sawer: The representation of women: meaning and make-believeSandra Grey: Does size matter? Critical mass and New Zealand's women MPsJude Howell: Women's political participation in China: struggling to hold up half the skyNicole Busby and Calum Macleod: Maintaining a balance: the retention of women MSPsJudith Squires and Mark Wickham-Jones: Mainstreaming in Westminster and Whitehall: from Labour's Ministry for Women to the Women's UnitSection 2: Gender and effect: the impact of women in politicsA Brown, T Barnett Donaghy, F Mackay and E Meehan: Women and constitutional change in Scotland and Northern IrelandLousie Chappell: The 'femocrat' strategy: expanding the repertoire of feminist activistsChris Corrin: Developing democracy in Kosova: from grassroots to governmentDonna Pankhurst: Women and politics in Africa: the case of UgandaHaleh Afshar: Competing interests: democracy, Islamification and women politicians in IranDafna Lemish and Gili Drob: 'All the time his wife': portrayals of First Ladies in the Israeli pressSection 3: Straight-talking: women politicians talk out experienceSarah Childs: Hitting the target: are Labour women MPs 'acting for' women?Julia Edwards and Laura McAllister: One step forward, two steps back? Women in the two main political parties in WalesRachel Ward: Invisible women: the politcal roles of Unionist and Loyalist women in contemporary Northern IrelandJane Freedman: Women in the European ParliamentKaren Ross: Women's place in 'male' space: gender and effect in parliamentary contexts

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`Many of the articles have the advantage of utilizing very up-to-date case study materials that address a range of important contemporary issues. In combination with the clear and accessible style of the volume, it means that this collection will be invaluable for teaching.'Georgina Waylen, Democratization