Women As Australian Citizens

Patricia Crawford, Philippa Maddern
Ebook
Added to basketCheckout →
Formats available
EPUB, MOBI
Have a question about eBooks? View our FAQ's
Women As Australian Citizens
Other formats available
Women As Australian Citizens

Subjects

History

Published

3 June 2016

ISBN

9780522865219

Ebook File Size

9.3MB

Subjects

History

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Women As Australian Citizens

Patricia Crawford, Philippa Maddern
This challenging and original work problematises the concept of 'citizenship' and the unstated assumptions infusing it.
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…
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 been used as a marker and justification for inclusion and exclusion. They show how women from many different backgrounds, from the medieval world onwards, rethought and rewrote their own citizenship, and argue that the legacies of these historical debates still underlie community understandings of modern Australian citizenship.

Patricia Crawford

Professor Patricia Crawford teaches history at the University of Western Australia. She has published and edited work in Australian history, including Women and Citizenship: Suffrage Centenary, a recent volume of Studies in Western Australian History.

More

Philippa Maddern

Associate Professor Philippa Maddern taught history at the University of Western Australia, and published on twentieth-century Australian history and women's literature.

More

Ebook
Added to basketCheckout →
Formats available
EPUB, MOBI
Have a question about eBooks? View our FAQ's
Other formats available