Romanian Review of Social Sciences

Universitatea Nicolae Titulescu

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Dan Velicu
Nicolae Titulescu University

POLITICAL PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN ROMANIA – A BOTTOM-UP APPROACH

RRSS 2014 No. 6 - Romanian Review of Social Sciences

  1. Authors:
      • Diana Elena NEAGA

  2. Keywords: political participation, women, Romania, substantive citizenship

  3. Abstract:
    In Romania the access of women to political decision making remains very low (around 10% women in Parliament). The main arguments used to explain this state of affairs are the following: the „communist feminism” (a contradiction in terms) which impose total obedience towards the state and a completely false and forced political empowerment of women which led to a arduous reverse after 1989 (Miroiu 2004; Vinkze 2006); the transition anti-socialist speech that militated in favor of the return to „normality”, understood as traditional patriarchy (Rueschemeyer, 1994), the gender-developed inequities of transition (Vincze 2006; Miroiu 2004, 2007); the lack of time as a citizenship resource (the double burden) (Lister, 2003). Even tough, what meanings do women attach to their status of citizens and how do they take part at political actions, in the context in which compelling structures, like patriarchy, the communist legacy and post-communist transition are overlapping their daily experiences, remains under studied in Romania. In order to fill this gap, in my paper I will present the result of a field work research (qualitative method - interviews and focus-groups) focused on the way in which women live and experience citizenship, with accent on the perception and signification of their political participation. My arguments will be developed based on a constructivist approach which underline the relations and dependencies between agents (that give meaning to the social roles they play - in my paper women from a region in Romania, Hunedoara county) and structures (mainly the patriarchal one).

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