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Women in the South African Parliament : from resistance to governance /
Hannah Evelyn Britton.
imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2005.
description
xxii, 198 p.
ISBN
0252030133 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2005.
isbn
0252030133 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
5486358
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Hannah E. Britton is an assistant professor of political science and women's studies at the University of Kansas
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Although the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid system was widely covered in the media, less attention was given to the role women played in establishing the new government. Hannah Britton shows how women achieved electoral success and learned to work alongside former enemies.
Main Description
Although the international press closely chronicled the dismantling of South Africa's apartheid policies, it paid little attention to the unique role women from a variety of political parties played in establishing the new government. Utilizing interviews, participant observation, and archival research, Women in the South African Parliament tells an inspiring story of liberation, showing how these women achieved electoral success, learned to work with lifelong enemies, and began to transform Parliament by creating more space for women's voices during a critical time in the life of their democracy.Arguing from her detailed analysis of the strategies and political tactics used by these South African women, both individually and collectively, Hannah Britton contends that, contrary claims in earlier studies of the developing world, mobilization by women prior to a transition to democracy can lead to gains after the transition--including improvements in constitutional mandates, party politics, and representation. At the same time, Britton demonstrates that not even national leadership can ensure power for all women and that many who were elected to South Africa's first democratic parliament declined to run again, feeling they could have a greater impact working in their own communities.Hannah Britton is an assistant professor of political science at Mississippi State University.
Unpaid Annotation
Although the international press closely chronicled the dismantling of South Africa' apartheid policies, it paid little attention to the unique role women from a variety of political parties played in establishing the new government. Utilizing interviews, participant observation, and archival research, Women in the South African Parliament tells an inspiring story of liberation, showing how these women achieved electoral success, learned to work with lifelong enemies, and began to transform Parliament by creating more space for women' voices during a critical time in the life of their democracy. Arguing from her detailed analysis of the strategies and political tactics used by these South African women, both individually and collectively, Hannah Britton contends that, contrary claims in earlier studies of the developing world, mobilization by women prior to a transition to democracy can lead to gains after the transition--including improvements in constitutional mandates, party politics, and representation. At the same time, Britton demonstrates that not even national leadership can ensure power for all women and that many who were elected to South Africa' first democratic parliament declined to run again, feeling they could have a greater impact working in their own communities.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
List of Abbreviationsp. xxi
Women and the Struggle for Liberationp. 1
Party Politics in the Transition to Democracyp. 30
Women's Integration in Parliamentp. 56
Class Structure, Role Differentiation, and Gender Identitiesp. 85
Institutional and Legislative Transformationp. 109
Implementing Gender: The National Gender Machineryp. 128
The Second Generation: The Future of Women in Parliamentp. 144
Methodological Appendixp. 159
Notesp. 171
Works Citedp. 179
Indexp. 191
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