Beyond Women and Politics: Man, Masculinities and the Australian Parliament

Crawford, Mary C. & Pini, Barbara M. (2007) Beyond Women and Politics: Man, Masculinities and the Australian Parliament. In Australasian Political Studies Association (APSA) Annual Conference, 24-26 September 2007, Monash University, Victoria, Australia.

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While feminist approaches to political science remain marginal, there now exists a core body of literature on the subject of women and politics. Studies of gender and politics have typically been studies of women and politics. In contrast, this paper places men and masculinities at the centre of its inquiry by drawing on interviews with 15 current federal male politicians. Of concern is exploring the ways in which men frame the question of gender equity in the Australian parliament. Four frameworks are identified in the men’s narratives. These are: there is a problem but there is nothing that can be done; there was a problem but it no longer exists; there is a problem but it is not one of gender and; there is not a problem as women politicians are actually advantaged. It is argued that these framing devices rely upon the production and reproduction of discourses which align the definition of a successful politician and the processes and practices of political work with masculinities. This operates to mask the many constraints which exist to marginalise women from political participation and undermines attempts to address women’s political disadvantage as political participants. The final section of the paper calls for further work examining the intersections between masculinities, politicians and parliaments and suggests the trajectories such work could take.

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ID Code: 12424
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link).
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Keywords: Woemn, Masculinities, Parliament, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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