Gender and Citizenship : Politics and Agency in France, Britain and Denmark
Feminist analysis shows that the prevailing concepts of citizenship often assume a male citizen. How, then, does this affect the agency and participation of women in modern democracies? This insightful book, first published in 2000, presents a systematic comparison of the links between women's social rights and democratic citizenship in three different citizenship models: republican citizenship in France, liberal citizenship in Britain, and social citizenship in Denmark. Birte Siim argues that France still suffers from the contradictions of pro-natalist policy, and that Britain is only just starting to re-conceptualise the male-breadwinner model that is still a dominant feature. In her examination of the dual-breadwinner model in Denmark, Siim presents research about Scandinavian social policy and makes an important and timely contribution to debates in political sociology, social policy and gender studies.
- Online resource
- 05 Nov 2011
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 3 b/w illus. 7 tables
'... a very important and timely contribution to ongoing debates on citizenship, in particular in Europe but also beyond.' Democratization
Table of contents
Introduction: feminist rethinking of citizenship; 1. Towards a gender sensitive framework of citizenship; 2. Theories about citizenship; 3. Feminist approaches to citizenship; 4. Gender and citizenship: the French case; 5. Gender and citizenship: the British case; 6. Gender and citizenship: the Danish case; Conclusion: towards a contextualised feminist theory of citizenship.