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Carrying the load of civilisation: The status of women and challenged hierarchies
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2066-3616
2014 (English)In: Millennium: Journal of International Studies, ISSN 0305-8298, E-ISSN 1477-9021, Vol. 42, no 3, 595-613 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article explores some ways in which the condition of women has been articulated as a standard of civilisation, focusing on articulations by a range of European and non-European political thinkers and political actors in the 19th century and the present, two important periods marked by intense discussions of the status of women and civilisation. In short, the status of women is used by a broad range of actors to draw up civilisational boundaries and to mobilise for action. The standard also functions as an arena of contestation in which alternative visions of a good society are debated. However, whereas the alleged link between sexual equality and "the West" was highly disputed in the 19th century, this claim is much less contested today. The article ends with a discussion of the problematic implications of using the status of women as a standard of civilisation for feminisms around the world. © The Author(s) 2014.

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2014. Vol. 42, no 3, 595-613 p.
Keyword [en]
civilisation, hierarchy, international society, status of women, the West
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Political Science
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6515DOI: 10.1177/0305829814533396ISI: 000340545000004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84905575931OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6515DiVA: diva2:746308
Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-08-20 Last updated: 2015-06-24Bibliographically approved

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