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Author Scott, Joan Wallach.

Title Parité! : sexual equality and the crisis of French universalism / Joan Wallach Scott
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 191 pages)
Series Chicago studies in practices of meaning
Chicago studies in practices of meaning.
Contents The crisis of representation -- The rejection of quotas -- The dilemma of difference -- The campaign for parité -- The discourse of the couple -- The power of the law
Summary France today is in the throes of a crisis about whether to represent social differences within its political system and, if so, how. It is a crisis defined by the rhetoric of a universalism that takes the abstract individual to be the representative not only of citizens but also of the nation. In Parité! Joan Wallach Scott shows how the requirement for abstraction has led to the exclusion of women from French politics. During the 1990s, le mouvement pour la parité successfully campaigned for women's inclusion in elective office with an argument that is unprecedented in the annals of feminism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-182) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Equality -- France.
Feminism -- France.
Women political candidates -- France.
Women -- Political activity -- France.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005050585
ISBN 0226741079 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
0226741087 (paper ; acid-free paper)
0226741095 (electronic bk.)
9780226741079 (cloth ; acid-free paper)
9780226741086 (paper ; acid-free paper)
9780226741093 (electronic bk.)