Private Roots of Public Action Gender, Equality, and Political Participation

ISBN-10: 0674006607
ISBN-13: 9780674006607
Edition: 2001
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Book details

List price: $42.50
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 470
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.496

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.

Richard Foley is professor of philosophy and vice chancellor for strategic planning at New York University. He is the author of "Intellectual Trust in Oneself and Others," "Working Without a Net: A Study of Egocentric Epistemology," and "The Theory of Epistemic Rationality."

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Citizenship and Unequal Participation
Studying Gender and Participation: A Brief Discourse on Method
Civic Activity: Political and Non-Political
The Political Worlds of Men and Women
The Legacy of Home and School
Domestic Tranquility: The Beliefs of Wives and Husbands
Domestic Hierarchy: The Household as a Social System
The Workplace Roots of Political Activity
The Realm of Voluntarism: Non-Political Associations and Religious Institutions
Gender, Institutions, and Political Participation
Gender, Race or Ethnicity, and Participation
Family Life and Political Life
What If Politics Weren't a Man's Game?
Conclusion: The Private Roots of Public Action
Appendixes
Numbers of Cases
Ranges of Variables
Supplementary Tables
Explanation of Outcomes Analysis
Index

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