Gender Consciousness and Politics [NOOK Book]

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This book examines the emergence of gender consciousness among women as a significant force in American politics. The author bases her argument on an in-depth empirical analysis of data derived from the U.S. biennial National Election studies of 1974 to 1984, the year of the emergence of the so-called gender gap. The author discusses the fact that while feminism is central to womens' political orientation, the simple awareness of gender differences and group consciousness is a ...

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Overview

This book examines the emergence of gender consciousness among women as a significant force in American politics. The author bases her argument on an in-depth empirical analysis of data derived from the U.S. biennial National Election studies of 1974 to 1984, the year of the emergence of the so-called gender gap. The author discusses the fact that while feminism is central to womens' political orientation, the simple awareness of gender differences and group consciousness is a powerful force of change.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781317960836
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Series: Perspectives on Gender
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • File size: 6 MB

Table of Contents

List of Tales and Figures
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 Feminism, Analysis, and the Search for Meaning 1
Variations on the theme of gender differences 5
Political thought 5
Empirical analysis 11
The recurring strain of gender consciousness 14
Gender consciousness and feminism 14
Bridging behavior and theory 16
Ch. 2 Tracing an Elusive Concept 19
Gender role socialization and political socialization: Real or implied convergence? 21
Traditional assumptions and ironclad illusions 21
Reconsidering gender and political socialization 23
Gender consciousness 27
Eleanor Roosevelt's paradox 27
Consciousness as a political concept 29
Defining gender consciousness 32
Saying "We" 34
Ch. 3 Measuring Women's Identification With One Another 35
Women's membership in the "group" of women 36
Group identification and politics 40
Are women a group? 42
Does group membership mean group consciousness? 45
Women's gender identification, 1972-1988 49
Women's group closeness 51
Demographic influences? 55
The influence of indicators of lifespace 56
The adult socialization environment 58
A Last Look 63
Ch. 4 The Intersection of Gender Identification and Gender Role Ideology 67
Beliefs about gender roles 71
Probing gender identification 78
Women's closeness to one another and their beliefs about gender roles 78
Gender identification, gender ideology, and attitudes about women 83
Abortion, religion, morality and gender consciousness 88
Identification, gender role beliefs, and day-to-day life 95
Demographic influences 95
How does one's position in the life cycle matter? 98
The socialization environment 100
Seeing the picture in more detail 106
Ch. 5 Gender Consciousness and Political Engagement 111
Some historical meanings of privatization to women's political roles 115
From the Renaissance to Mary Wollstonecraft 116
The "angel in the house": Victorian passionlessness and women's purity 121
Seeing the patterns 125
Gender consciousness, internal political resources, and political behavior 127
Particular aspects of political engagement 132
The shape of one's world and the articulation of one's political self 139
Political Woman 143
Ch. 6 Gender Consciousness and Policy Preferences 145
Ideology: Sophistication, naivete, or indifference? 149
Consciousness and Policy 153
The choice of policy preferences for analysis 154
Differences in policy preferences 158
Liberal ideology or consciousness? 163
Consciousness: The connection of behavior to attitudes 166
Ch. 7 Some Concluding Thoughts 169
Appendix 173
Bibliography 177
Author Index 187
Subject Index 191
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