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Civil society and gender equality: a theoretical approach

Reverter-Bañón, Sonia (2006) Civil society and gender equality: a theoretical approach. Civil Society Working Paper series (24). Centre for Civil Society (London School of Economics and Political Science), London, UK. ISBN 0753019574

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The aim of this paper is to examine two concepts, gender equality and civil society, in order to understand what kind of relationship, if any, there is between them, and to observe how the feminist agenda might gain from such a relationship. In the revision of feminist history, the link between civil society, citizenship and state appears as the logical development in the struggle for feminist demands. Late 19th century and early 20th century feminist groups are a good example of how women have been very successful in forming associational groups as part of civil society and have claimed the rights that states have finally incorporated through equality policies and laws. Current democratic states have achieved a high level of legal equality, mainly through the mechanism of citizenship, but this mechanism does not seem empowered to undo other constraints that women suffer, especially cultural, social and economic constraints. In searching these inequalities we may find that the civil society arena is much tougher than that represented by a democratic state.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2006 Sonia Reverter-Bañón
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2010 11:00
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 23:05

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