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Why "sex" may not be the best way to understand the gender gap in political behavior

Bittner, Amanda and Goodyear-Grant, Elizabeth (2018) Why "sex" may not be the best way to understand the gender gap in political behavior. USApp - American Politics and Policy Blog (02 Mar 2018). Website.

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Election coverage often refers to a "gender gap", meaning different vote choices between women and men. But such references are in fact talking about differences by sex. But does how we measure gender influence what we can say about people's political preferences? In new research, Amanda Bittner and Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant used surveys to capture people's subjective gender identity, and then examined respondents’ attitudes based on these reported identities. They find that not all women are the same, and neither are men: people’s idea of their own gender does not always fit with their sex, and their political attitudes are also based on where they consider themselves to be on the gender scale.

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Additional Information: © 2018 The Author(s)
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2018 11:57
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 06:08

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