By Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, Jyl J Josephson
Experiences of gender and American political lifestyles regularly concentration purely on ladies. This publication fills the distance by way of reading and evaluating the jobs and behaviour of either women and men in political decision-making, public coverage, and political associations. Now up to date and accelerated, the publication offers an entire supplement of empirical reports of actual and imagined gender gaps. New to this variation are chapters at the media, legislative habit, overseas coverage, and the way forward for the gender measurement in American politics. The publication is established to parallel the common path at the American political process.
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Extra resources for Gender and American Politics: Women, Men, and the Political Process
In addition, the foundational issues of politics and society are inherently contestable (Connolly 1983), and so cannot be "solved" through the technical appraisal of facts. None- < previous page page_39 next page > < previous page page_40 next page > Page 40 theless, as with the other aspects of opinion formation examined in this chapter, factual knowledge can help facilitate the process by which values, attitudes, and beliefs are combined into the expression of political interests. ) or more broadly (What is in the best interest of people like me?
Except among the youngest cohort of citizens, women have less formal education than men (and education is related to political knowledge). A smaller percentage of women than men are in the labor force (and employment outside the home provides politically relevant experiences). Women in the labor force are also likely to work in less "politically impinged" jobs than men (Luskin 1990). Unmarried women have lower incomes than unmarried men (and income is associated with political knowledge). Because of child care responsibilities, women have much less time for political activity, and spend less of their time in contact with adults, who are more likely than children to talk about politics (Sapiro 1983; Jennings and Niemi 1981).
Nomic circumstances, women are less psychologically engaged in politics, and thus less likely to be politically informed. And the direct path from gender to knowledge remains statistically significant, accounting for about onefifth of the original relationship. 14 However, it also seems likely that some is due to more deep-seated differences in socialization that are not erased by adult circumstances and a more nominally equal playing field. , nonpolitical) role of women. Although few women alive today were ever < previous page page_32 next page > < previous page page_33 next page > Page 33 prohibited by law from voting or taking part in politics, many were socialized to politics by mothers who were (and by fathers who directly experienced the pre-suffrage period).
Gender and American Politics: Women, Men, and the Political Process by Sue Tolleson-Rinehart, Jyl J Josephson