Gender and Elections: Shaping the Future of American by Susan J. Carroll

By Susan J. Carroll

Gender and Elections deals a scientific, energetic, multi-faceted account of the function of gender within the electoral strategy throughout the 2004 elections. This well timed, but enduring, quantity moves a stability among highlighting crucial advancements for ladies as citizens and applicants within the 2004 elections and offering a extra long term, in-depth research of the ways in which gender has contributed to shaping the contours and results of electoral politics within the usa. person chapters show the significance of gender in knowing and studying presidential elections, voter participation and turnout, balloting offerings, congressional elections, the participation of African American girls, the help of political events and women's agencies, candidate communications with electorate, and nation elections. with no query, this ebook is the main finished, trustworthy, and reliable source at the function of gender in electoral politics.

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11 The press often uses the concept of presidential timber to cast doubt on a candidate’s capacity. The third mention proves more revealing about the concept and its meaning. Presidential timber figures as the central topic of an extended article about the nine Democratic candidates who participated in the South Carolina Forum, an initial opportunity to compare them. ”12 The importance of the idea of timber resides in “impressions,” which are still largely unformed. ” In other words, presidential timber involves a candidate’s passion, appeal, and competitiveness as conveyed through first impressions.

As in 2000, Bush entered the contest from an explicit position of dominance masculinity. He could not, and likely would not choose to, project expertise masculinity. Although ironic, when Bush called upon his “expertise” with the office of the presidency, he did so from a dominance masculinity stance, claiming that expertise mostly in terms of a war presidency. Kerry tried to project both expertise and dominance masculinity. He was both smart and heroic. Kerry certainly had plenty of resources for expertise masculinity, displaying his knowledge of foreign policy and general mastery of a wide range of subjects, from Chinese assault weapons to nineteenth-century British poetry.

Because so much that is perceived as contributing to presidential capacity is strongly associated with men and masculinity, presidential capacity is gendered to the masculine; as such, women who dream of a presidency must negotiate masculinity, a feat much more difficult for them than for any man. 2 rewrites the AP article to approximate a perfect candidate based upon culturally feminine roles and associations in order to illustrate the central claim of this chapter: that presidential elections are gendered space, that much of what happens in a presidential election becomes a contest about masculinity that is integrally intertwined with understandings of what makes a candidate suited for this masculinized office and institution.

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