Gender, Politics And The State

Gender, Politics And The State

by Vicky Randall
     
 

Over the last two decades our understanding of the relationship of gender, politics and the state has been transformed almost beyond recognition by the mutual interrogation of feminism and political science. This volume provides an overview of this dynamic and growing field, which reflects both its expanding empirical scope and the accompanying theoretical

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Overview

Over the last two decades our understanding of the relationship of gender, politics and the state has been transformed almost beyond recognition by the mutual interrogation of feminism and political science. This volume provides an overview of this dynamic and growing field, which reflects both its expanding empirical scope and the accompanying theoretical development and debate.
The first three essays focus primarily on conceptual and theoretical issues: the meaning of 'gender'; the state's role in the construction of gender within the public and private sphere; and the political representation of gender differences within liberal democracy. The remaining six provide analyses of more concrete issues of state policy and participation in differeing national political contexts: abortion politics in Ireland; the local politics of prostitution in Britain, the impact on women's political participation of economic change in China, Latin America and political change in Russia, and the gender impact of state programmes of land reform.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415164016
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/23/1998
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Preface
1Gender, feminism and the state: an overview1
2A political theory of gender: perspectives on the 'universal subject'18
3The state and the making of gender: some historical legacies29
4Beyond liberalism? Feminist theories of democracy45
5The state and the discursive construction of abortion58
6Policing prostitution: gender, the state and community politics80
7Remasculinisation and the neoliberal state in Latin America100
8The gendered politics of land reform: three comparative studies121
9Gender politics and the state during Russia's transition period143
10Gender, civil society and the state in China166
11Gender and power: women engage the state185
Index206

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