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The Australian Parliament: A Gendered Organisation

By Mary Crawford and Barbara Pini

Abstract

Limited work has been undertaken on the subject of gender and Australian\ud parliamentary institutions. This study of 13 male and 15 female members of the\ud Australian parliament addresses this gap in the literature. Data from the study are\ud used to explore the ways in which the institutions of political office operate as\ud ‘gendered organisations’ (Acker 1990). What emerges from this analysis is the\ud pervasiveness of gender across the processes, practices and discourses of the\ud parliament. This is a space infused with hegemonic masculinity. This gendering is,\ud however, normalised and/or minimised by many of the parliamentarians involved in\ud the study

Topics: 160509 Public Administration, Women, Australian Pariliament
Publisher: Curtin University of Technology
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.qut.edu.au:23868
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