Engendering Democracy

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Penn State Press, 1991 - Social Science - 183 pages
Democracy is the central political issue of our age, yet debates over its nature and goals rarely engage with feminist concerns. Now that women have the right to vote, they are thought to present no special problems of their own. But despite the seemingly gender-neutral categories of individual or citizen, democratic theory and practice continues to privilege the male. This book reconsiders dominant strands in democratic thinking - focusing on liberal democracy, participatory democracy, and twentieth century versions of civic republicanism - and approaches these from a feminist perspective. Anne Phillips explores the under-representation of women in politics, the crucial relationship between public and private spheres, and the lessons of the contemporary women's movement as an experience in participatory democracy.
 

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Contents

The Classic Debates
23
The Representation of Women
60
Public Spaces Private Lives
92
Paradoxes of Participation
120
So Whats Wrong with Liberal Democracy?
147
References
169
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Anne Phillips is Professor of Politics at the City of London Polytechnic. She is the author of Hidden Hands: Women and Economic Policies (1983); Divided Loyalties: Dilemmas of Sex and Class (1987); The Enigma of Colonialism (I1989); editor of Feminism and Equality (1987), and co-editor with Michele Barrett of the forthcoming Feminist Theories Today .

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