By Maro Pantelidou Maloutas
As advancements within the eu Union and in different places make the second look of citizenship a urgent factor, this ebook displays at the persisting 'masculine' personality of up to date democracy and the measures taken within the european to wrestle it.
Combining a theoretical procedure with a selected critique of ecu gender coverage The Gender of Democracy argues that massive democracy as a social venture can't co-exist with the present process of gender kin that are inherently dichotomous and hence demarcate social different types of stronger and inferior prestige. Drawing on utopian concept Maro Pantelidou Maloutas proposes a re-evaluation of the thought of the gendered topic and a revision of the dominant perceptions of the kin among intercourse, sexuality and gender.
The e-book includes a critique of particular european gender guidelines and indicates how in looking to cast off gender inequality easily formulating rules which are pro-women isn't really adequate. so that it will method democracy’s emancipatory part far-reaching rules which deconstruct instead of modernize gender family are needed.
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Extra resources for The Gender of Democracy: Citizenship and Gendered Subjectivity
Especially measures for increasing women’s presence in political decision-making, which result in an important novelty in the history of political life – since politics has historically been the most explicitly masculine human practice91 – derive as a rule, from an essentialist view of the gender divide, a view that “spontaneously” frames gender policy. Taking as an example the Greek case, it would be interesting to see how some of the established gender preconceptions guide pro-women strategies.
Also, and more importantly, to investigate what we wish to achieve, how far we want to go, a question linked to how we perceive the problem, and thus, expected to arouse the expression of diverging views. The underlining logic of how the problem is framed can be grouped in two broader categories. On the one hand, the problem may be seen strictly as one of limited women’s presence in the political arena due to the multiple roles that women must fulfil and the additional obstacles they have to face, that is the problem is framed as women’s problem with repercussions on other levels, and thus women must be “helped” to overcome it.
Speaking of preconceptions, reference to the inter-party co-operation of women politicians aiming at an increase in the number of women in politics is useful in that it shows the assumptions tacit in the implementation of such a cooperation. This problematique serves as an introduction to the next chapter, since a discussion on how the solution to the problem of limited women’s political presence may become more effective, is treated here as legitimate and even necessary. By contrast, it is usually regarded as superfluous, since the solution is taken for granted to be of a practical order, referring to institutional changes permitting the imposition of larger numbers of women, and all the effort is directed towards the pressure necessary for their implementation.
The Gender of Democracy: Citizenship and Gendered Subjectivity by Maro Pantelidou Maloutas