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Parité!: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism

Joan Wallach Scott


France today is in the throes of a crisis about whether to represent social differences within its political system and, if so, how. It is a crisis defined by the rhetoric of a universalism that takes the abstract individual to be the representative not only of citizens but also of the nation. This book shows how the requirement for abstraction has led to the exclusion of women from French politics. During the 1990s, le mouvement pour la parité successfully campaigned for women's inclusion in elective office with an argument that is unprecedented in the annals of feminism. The paritaristes ins ... More

Keywords: France, social differences, universalism, feminism, parité, sexual difference, abstraction, female exclusion, French politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780226741079
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226741093.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joan Wallach Scott, author