By Emanuela Lombardo, Petra Meier

What's symbolic illustration? considering the fact that Hanna Pitkin’s seminal the idea that of illustration, the symbolic has been the least studied measurement of political illustration. Innovatively adopting a discursive technique, this publication - the 1st full-length therapy of symbolic illustration - specializes in gender concerns to take on very important questions corresponding to: What are men and women symbols of, and the way is gender built in coverage discourse? It reports what capabilities symbolic illustration fulfils within the building of gender, what social roles get legitimized in coverage discourse, and the way this impacts strength constellations, finally revealing a lot concerning the relation among symbolic, descriptive, and noticeable illustration. Emanuela Lombardo and Petra Meier draw on theories of symbolic illustration and gender, in addition to wealthy basic fabric approximately political debates on labour and care concerns, partnership and reproductive rights, gender violence, and quotas. utilizing this unique info, the authors exhibit that reconsidering symbolic illustration from a discursive standpoint makes specific problems with (in)equality embedded inside of specific structures, in addition to their results for political illustration and gender equality. this significant exploration increases suitable new questions concerning the illustration of gender that shape useful contributions to the fields of political technology, political conception, sociology, and gender reports.

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Women are also used as symbolic objects of negotiations between opposed male elites in colonial processes, where women lose out in the alliance between male colonisers and male colonised political elites (Rai 2008). Male colonisers strategically ‘gave’ them as prizes to male colonised elites to minimise the latter’s anti-colonial resistance; even though they were colonised, these men could then still be patriarchs at home. Women were identified with an ‘imagined home/ nation’, which ‘symbolized many things – security, familiarity, tradition.

After having dealt with symbolic representation in detail, we then turn to the other dimensions of political representation and discuss how they relate to symbolic representation. Chapter 7 connects descriptive representation to symbolic representation. While, according to Pitkin, agents in both symbolic and descriptive representation ‘stand for’ principals, the research since then has mostly looked at descriptive representation. Former research that looked into the relation between descriptive and symbolic representation conceived it as unilateral, with descriptive representation able to contribute to symbolic representation.

It theorises the concept of identity as a construction of specific The Symbolic Representation of Gender: An Introduction 17 social roles and relates it to the construction of gender roles in the public and private spheres. To do so, it analyses public policies on the organisation of labour and other care issues in the EU, studying how men and women get constructed in relation to different social roles, and how this leads to unequal gender relations. Chapter 5 turns to the second function of symbolic representation that will be considered in the book, the legitimisation of subjects.

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