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ERIC Number: EJ932473
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 34
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0380-2361
Unsettling the Gendered Power Paradigm: Discomfort, Dissonance and Dissention among Women in Local Government
McGregor, Catherine; Clover, Darlene
Canadian Journal of Education, v34 n1 p248-281 2011
Despite decades of efforts to achieve gender equity in political life, women remain underrepresented in nearly all levels of government. In this paper, we explore the experiences offered by women who have been elected to local government in the province of British Columbia, Canada, to illustrate the persistence of gendered discourses and patriarchal practices within political systems. Drawing upon Bashevkin's (2009) recent discussion of how women's political roles are undermined through the "discomfort equation", we consider how feminist, adult education offers the potential for creating critical spaces that will support women's greater inclusion in local government. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada