The exclusion of women from agri- political leadership: A case study of the Australian sugar industry

Pini, Barbara M. (2002) The exclusion of women from agri- political leadership: A case study of the Australian sugar industry. Sociologia Ruralis, 42(1), 65 -76.

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This paper draws on data from a case study of the agri-political group CANEGROWERS which represents the interests of over 6000 cane farm owners in Australia. The key focus is on the electoral system of the organisation. Using interviews with fifteen elected members, document analysis and participant observation the author examines the way in which women's lack of representation in any of the 181 positions of organisational leadership is explained by a discourse of merit. While this discourse presents the electoral system as being open, objective and gender neutral, elected leaders descriptions of their own paths to leadership reveal an electoral system which is closed, subjective and distinctly gendered.

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ID Code: 8452
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: CANEGROWERS, agri, political, women
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9523.00202
ISSN: 1467-9523
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Blackwell Publishing
Deposited On: 03 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 02:17

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