Private Roots Of Public Action / Edition 1

Private Roots Of Public Action / Edition 1

by Nancy Burns, Sidney Verba, Kay Lehman Schlozman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0674006607

ISBN-13: 9780674006607

Pub. Date: 09/30/2001

Publisher: Harvard University Press

Why, after several generations of suffrage and a revival of the women's movement in the late 1960s, do women continue to be less politically active than men? Why are they less likely to seek public office or join political organizations? The Private Roots of Public Action is the most comprehensive study of this puzzle of unequal participation.

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Overview

Why, after several generations of suffrage and a revival of the women's movement in the late 1960s, do women continue to be less politically active than men? Why are they less likely to seek public office or join political organizations? The Private Roots of Public Action is the most comprehensive study of this puzzle of unequal participation.

The authors develop new methods to trace gender differences in political activity to the nonpolitical institutions of everyday life--the family, school, workplace, nonpolitical voluntary association, and church. Different experiences with these institutions produce differences in the resources, skills, and political orientations that facilitate participation--with a cumulative advantage for men. In addition, part of the solution to the puzzle of unequal participation lies in politics itself: where women hold visible public office, women citizens are more politically interested and active. The model that explains gender differences in participation is sufficiently general to apply to participatory disparities among other groups--among the young, the middle-aged, and the elderly or among Latinos, African-Americans and Anglo-Whites.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674006607
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
09/30/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.95(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Citizenship and Unequal Participation

2. Studying Gender and Participation: A Brief Discourse on Method

3. Civic Activity: Political and Non-Political

4. The Political Worlds of Men and Women

5. The Legacy of Home and School

6. Domestic Tranquility: The Beliefs of Wives and Husbands

7. Domestic Hierarchy: The Household as a Social System

8. The Workplace Roots of Political Activity

9. The Realm of Voluntarism: Non-Political Associations and Religious Institutions

10. Gender, Institutions, and Political Participation

11. Gender, Race or Ethnicity, and Participation

12. Family Life and Political Life

13. What If Politics Weren't a Man's Game?

14. Conclusion: The Private Roots of Public Action

Appendixes

A. Numbers of Cases

B. Ranges of Variables

C. Supplementary Tables

D. Explanation of Outcomes Analysis

Index

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