Women in politics in democratic transition: The case of Bhutan

Chuki, Sonam (2015) Women in politics in democratic transition: The case of Bhutan. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This thesis is a study about women's participation in Bhutan's new democracy and exposes the patriarchy embedded in Bhutanese society which is reinforced through cultural practices and the legal framework. It reveals the public/private dichotomy, the low educational attainment of girls and the gendered division of labour which derails women's public life. It discloses a masculine driven party politics and the challenges of being a woman in the world of men. Nonetheless, the first trailblazing women parliamentarians demonstrated a principled, feminine, political leadership in a masculine environment. Semi-structured interviews, document review and participant observation methods were used to collect data.

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ID Code: 85085
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Bean, Clive & Moreton-Robinson, Aileen
Keywords: Bhutan, Empowerment, Politics, Transition democracy, Women
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 24 Jul 2015 00:54
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:51

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