New Feminist Challenges to the Study of Political Engagement

Pippa Norris

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior

Published in print August 2007 | ISBN: 9780199270125
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:


New Feminist Challenges to the Study of Political Engagement

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This article examines some of the key research questions and the recent theoretical advances that seek to explain the activism gap. It focuses on the feminist challenges to the conventional study of political behaviour. The article is divided into five main sections. The first and second sections look at the reasons for scholarship growth on gender studies in recent decades and at the documentation of the extent of a contemporary ‘activism gap’ among men and women as citizens and politicians. The distinguishing features and theoretical assumptions of rival frameworks that aim to explain the activism gap are studied in the third section. The fourth section centres on some studies on the role of cultural attitudes and resources that illustrate supply-side explanations. Finally, the fifth section discusses a summary of alternative demand-side perspectives on the root causes of women and men's political activism.

Keywords: activism gap; feminist challenges; gender studies; theoretical assumptions; cultural attitudes and resources; supply-side explanations; demand-side perspectives; political activism

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Subjects: Politics ; Political Behaviour ; Comparative Politics

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