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Women, Europe and the New Languages of Politics By Hilary Footitt

Women, Europe and the New Languages of Politics
by Hilary Footitt

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The title provides a theoretical and empirical contribution to the growing field of gender politics. Hilary Footitt argues that there is evidence that women are now, in practice, constituting democracy, citizenship and European identity in ways which are different from those of men.
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Women, Europe and the New Languages of Politics by Hilary Footitt

The title provides a theoretical and empirical contribution to the growing field of gender politics. Hilary Footitt argues that there is evidence that women are now, in practice, constituting democracy, citizenship and European identity in ways which are different from those of men. She illustrates her argument with lively discussion on the position of women in the formal political process in Europe, including interview material with women in the European parliament, which has an exceptionally high level of female participation. She goes on to look at what the language of women in the European political arena can contribute to the debates on engendering democracy, drawing on the work of writers including Iris Marion Young, Anne Phillips and Theda Skocpol; and citizenship, drawing on the work of Jean Bethke Elshtain and Joan Tronto. The author reveals language to be a vital domain of politics. She argues that if we become aware of some of the communities of language practice within politics, we open a wider range of possiblities with which to describe democracy, citizenship and Europe. Gender is only one of the multiple communities of language practice we need to consider, and the transnational space of the EU provides us with major opportunities to reframe the political process.

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Women, Europe and the New Languages of Politics Reviews


The possibility of expanding and altering the limits of language is central to Hilary Footitt s project. Although located in the political arena, the study has much to offer educators Each chapter represents a conceptually rich movement from old to new, from where our collective thinking/common language has brought us to where these particular women in politics might lead us. As such, the book embodies a sense of natality: it is respectful of the dominant discourses of representation and partisan politics but constantly seeking openings, potentialities, and possibilities for newness Footitt s argument throughout the book is essentially hopeful: linguistic restraints are difficult to erase but she has evidence that language is also mutable and refusable. As such, this work is immensely pedagogical. Footitt takes a look at politics in the way we might take a look at educational policy and practice. We will most likely find in language an unhomely place wherein we are invited to critically examine the patterns of thinking that give birth to our experience. Anne Phelan, Canadian Journal of Education, Vol. 27, No. 2&3, 2002

About Hilary Footitt


Hilary Footitt is Lecturer in European Studies at Anglia University.

Table of Contents


Women, Language and Politics - Women in the European Union - Engendering Democracy - Women, Language and Citizenship - Women and European Identity - Conclusions

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GOR010171222
Women, Europe and the New Languages of Politics by Hilary Footitt
Hilary Footitt
Cultural Studies: Bloomsbury Academic Collections
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
2002-06-01
208
0826452965
9780826452962
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