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The Australian Parliament: A Gendered Organisation

Crawford, Mary & Pini, Barbara (2006) The Australian Parliament: A Gendered Organisation. In Preston, A & Austen, S (Eds.) Changes. Challenges. Choices. Conference Proceedings from the Inaugural International Women & Leadership Conference,, Curtin University of Technology, Fremantle, Australia, pp. 1-14.

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Abstract

Limited work has been undertaken on the subject of gender and Australian parliamentary institutions. This study of 13 male and 15 female members of the Australian parliament addresses this gap in the literature. Data from the study are used to explore the ways in which the institutions of political office operate as ‘gendered organisations’ (Acker 1990). What emerges from this analysis is the pervasiveness of gender across the processes, practices and discourses of the parliament. This is a space infused with hegemonic masculinity. This gendering is, however, normalised and/or minimised by many of the parliamentarians involved in the study.

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ID Code: 23868
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Women, Australian Pariliament
ISBN: 1 74067 527 4
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Copyright Owner: © 2007 Women in Social & Economic Research, Curtin University of Technology
Deposited On: 18 Jun 2009 00:13
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 19:33

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