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Gender Politics in the Expanding European Union

Mobilization, Inclusion, Exclusion

Edited by Silke Roth

284 pages, 11 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-84545-516-3 $120.00/£85.00 Hb Published (September 2008)

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“By assembling an impressive series of case studies that analyze gender policies in the context of the EU as a supranational policy making institution from the perspectives of both old and new member states, Roth enriches our understanding of gender equality politics.”  ·  Choice

In May 2004, after bringing their legislation into accordance with EU regulations, ten more countries joined the European Union. The contributors to this volume assess the impact of this historical development on gender relations in the new and old EU member states. Instead of focusing on either western or eastern Europe, this book investigates the similarities and differences in diverse parts of Europe. Although initially limited, gender equality was part of the original framework of the European Union, an organization often more open than national governments to feminist demands, as this volume illustrates with case studies from eastern and western Europe. The enlargement process thus provides some important policy instruments for increasing equality between men and women.

Silke Roth obtained her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Connecticut. From 2000 until 2005 she was a visiting assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She is now Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton, UK. Her publications include Building Movement Bridges: The Coalition of Labor Union Women. (Praeger 2003; honorable mention of the Collective Behavior/Social Movements Section of the American Sociological Association 2005); “Sisterhood and Solidarity? Organizing for Gender Issues and Women’s Equality in the Enlarged European Union,” in Social Politics.

Subject: Gender Studies
Area: Europe



Contents

Introduction: Gender Issues and Women’s Movements in the Expanding European Union
Silke Roth

PART I: BROADENING GENDER EQUALITY POLICIES: THE ROLE OF THE EU

Chapter 1. The EU and Enlargement: Conceptualizing Beyond “East” And “West”
Angelika von Wahl

Chapter 2. Towards The Europeanization of Work-Family Policies? The Impact of the EU on Policies For Working Parents
Kimberly J. Morgan

Chapter 3. Violence at Work? Framing Sexual Harassment in the European Union
Kathrin Zippel

PART II: THE EU ACCESSION PROCESS: SIX CASE STUDIES FROM WEST AND EAST

Chapter 4. Irish Women’s Organizations in an Enlarged Europe
Pauline Cullen

Chapter 5. Spain at the Vanguard in European Gender Equality Policies
Celia Valiente

Chapter 6. From “Strange Sisters” to “Europe’s Daughters”? European Enlargement as a Chance For Women's Movement in East and West Germany
Ingrid Miethe

Chapter 7. Will It Make A Difference? EU Enlargement and Women’s Public Discourse in Poland
Joanna Regulska and Magda Grabowska

Chapter 8. The Impact of EU Accession on the Promotion of Women and Gender Equality in the Czech Republic
Hana Hasková and Alena Kuízková

Chapter 9. The Impact of EU Accession on Gender Equality in Hungary
Noémi Kakucs and Andrea Petz

PART III: INCLUSION AND EXCLUSION IN EU EQUALITY POLITICS

Chapter 10. Preparing for EU Membership - Gender Policies in Turkey
Gül Aldikacti-Marshall

Chapter 11. Gender and Ethnic Minority Claims in Swedish and EU Frames: Sites of Multi-Level Political Opportunities and Boundary Making
Zenia Hellgren and Barbara Hobson

Chapter 12. Framing Equality: The Politics of Race, Class, Gender in the US, Germany and the Expanding European Union
Myra Marx Ferree

Bibliography
Index

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