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Women As Australian Citizens : Sustainability & the Environment - Crawford, Patricia

Women As Australian Citizens

Sustainability & the Environment

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"What does it mean to be a woman citizen in Australia today? Why have Australian women appeared so rarely in public political life, despite gaining the vote in 1901? Why has formal citizenship historically been analysed in primarily male terms? And how have women themselves established different practices of citizenship from those of men?

Women as Australian Citizens addresses these questions. It examines the long histories of citizenship for Australian women of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, showing how gender, far from being irrelevant, has been central to constructions of the concept of citizenship. Hence citizenship has been masculinised, and women's citizenly activities marginalised.

This challenging and original work problematises the concept of 'citizenship' and the unstated assumptions infusing it. The authors argue that from its earliest European origins, the word 'citizen' has acted as a term of division, denoting both inclusion in, and exclusion from, civic power, and initiating enduring negotiations over the criteria for becoming a citizen.

Patricia Crawford, Philippa Maddern and their associate authors investigate how gender has be

Preface
Note on Terms
Introductionp. 1
Founding fathers: Federation the 'grand experiment'p. 7
Origins of the normative citizen: body, household, kingdom and cosmos in the Middle Agesp. 13
Women and citizenship in Britain 1500-1800p. 48
Charting the landscape of 'progress': women in nineteenth-century Britainp. 83
Women and citizenship in colonial Australiap. 115
Feminism, racism and citizenship in twentieth-century Australiap. 141
Anglo-centrism in multicultural Australiap. 178
Conclusionsp. 214
Epiloguep. 220
Notesp. 222
Select Bibliographyp. 261
Contributorsp. 272
Indexp. 274
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ISBN: 9780522849080
ISBN-10: 0522849083
Series: Sustainability & the Environment
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 11th March 1997
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.79 x 14.02  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1