The politics of affirmative action : "women", equality and category politics

Carol Lee Bacchi

'This book makes a major contribution to an issue of central concern to feminists. It is well written, thoroughly researched and thoughtfully argued. Wide-ranging and comprehensive in scope, the book is carefully structured, using different countries to illustrate the specific ways in which affirmative action is co-opted and contained in practice' - Jeanne Gregory, Middlesex University This timely and incisive book brings a theoretical lens to the debates around affirmative action. It presents a comparative analysis of those countries reputed to be leading the way in policies for women - the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands and Norway. Carol Lee Bacchi draws upon current social and feminist theory to present a lucid analysis of the implementation of reform. Taking account of the particular historical context of affirmative action policies, she considers why expressed commitment to affirmative action for women has failed to translate into meaningful reform. She describes how conceptual and identity categories are given meanings and positioned in debate in ways which work to contain the effects of the reform.Bacchi concludes that proponents of affirmative action need to direct more attention to the political uses of categories than to their abstract content, and to concentrate their efforts upon exposing the effects of category politics.

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'This book makes a major contribution to an issue of central concern to feminists. It is well written, thoroughly researched and thoughtfully argued. Wide-ranging and comprehensive in scope, the book is carefully structured, using different countries to illustrate the specific ways in which affirmative action is co-opted and contained in practice' - Jeanne Gregory, Middlesex University This timely and incisive book brings a theoretical lens to the debates around affirmative action. It presents a comparative analysis of those countries reputed to be leading the way in policies for women - the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, The Netherlands and Norway. Carol Lee Bacchi draws upon current social and feminist theory to present a lucid analysis of the implementation of reform. Taking account of the particular historical context of affirmative action policies, she considers why expressed commitment to affirmative action for women has failed to translate into meaningful reform. She describes how conceptual and identity categories are given meanings and positioned in debate in ways which work to contain the effects of the reform.Bacchi concludes that proponents of affirmative action need to direct more attention to the political uses of categories than to their abstract content, and to concentrate their efforts upon exposing the effects of category politics.

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[目次]

  • The Political Uses of Categories Setting the Stage The Politics of (Mis)representation The Politics of Displacement The Politics of Incorporation - C Bacchi and J Eveline The Politics of Solidarity The Politics of Transformation The Politics of Difference Conclusion No Final Curtain

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[目次]

  • The Political Uses of Categories Setting the Stage The Politics of (Mis)representation The Politics of Displacement The Politics of Incorporation - C Bacchi and J Eveline The Politics of Solidarity The Politics of Transformation The Politics of Difference Conclusion No Final Curtain

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書名 The politics of affirmative action : "women", equality and category politics
著作者等 Bacchi, Carol Lee
出版元 SAGE
刊行年月 1996
ページ数 xv, 190 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 0803987935
0803987927
NCID BA28749409
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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