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    The (M)otherhood trap: reconsidering sex, gender, and legislative recruitment

    Campbell, Rosie and Childs, Sarah (2017) The (M)otherhood trap: reconsidering sex, gender, and legislative recruitment. In: Thomas, M. and Bittner, A. (eds.) Mothers and Others: The Role of Parenthood in Politics. Vancouver, Canada: UBC Press. ISBN 9780774834582.

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    Book snopsis: When women in politics interact with reporters, opponents, and constituents, they are forced to confront their parental status. If they have children, they are questioned about their competence in both their public and private lives. If they don’t, they face criticism for not understanding or relating to key policy domains. This “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” conundrum raises difficult questions about how politicians, voters, and the media navigate the intersection of gender, parental status, and politics. Mothers and Others brings together scholars researching political careers, party organization, political behaviour and representation, and public policy to discuss the role of parental status in political life. They look at three main areas of citizen engagement with the political system – parenthood and political careers, parenthood in the media, and parenthood and political behaviour – to argue that being a parent is a gendered political identity that influences how, why, and to what extent women (and men) engage with politics. The first major comparative analysis of the role of parenthood in politics, Mothers and Others makes important observations about what we know and what we still need to find out. Mothers and Others is for scholars and students of political science, gender and women’s studies, and sociology both in Canada and abroad.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
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    Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2018 10:37
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:39


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