Description - The Gender of Democracy by Maro Pantelidou Maloutas
As developments in the European Union and elsewhere make the re-examination of citizenship a pressing issue, this book reflects on the persisting 'masculine' character of contemporary democracy and the measures taken in the EU to combat it. Combining a theoretical approach with a specific critique of EU gender policy The Gender of Democracy argues that substantial democracy as a social project cannot co-exist with the existing system of gender relations which are inherently dichotomous and thus demarcate social categories of superior and inferior status. Drawing on utopian thought Maro Pantelidou Maloutas proposes a re-examination of the notion of the gendered subject and a revision of the dominant perceptions of the relations between sex, sexuality and gender. The book contains a critique of specific EU gender policies and shows how in seeking to do away with gender inequality simply formulating policies that are pro-women is not enough. Nor is 'gender mainstreaming', if gender continues to be perceived as a dichotomy legitimizing the discourse of 'women's difference'.
It is argued that in order to approach democracy's emancipatory component, far reaching policies which deconstruct rather than modernize existing gender relations are needed. Thus to do away with flagrant gender inequalities is not enough. Unquestioned assumptions about gender must also be confronted if we wish any gender equality strategy to have a substantial impact on social co-existence and democracy.
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(234mm x 156mm x mm)
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University of Athens, Greece