Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe: From Dream to Awakening by Barbara Einhorn (auth.)

By Barbara Einhorn (auth.)

Citizenship in an Enlarging Europe considers the impression of financial, political and social transformation in primary and japanese Europe within the context of european expansion. the writer makes use of the lens of gender to check the procedures of democratization, marketization and nationalism.

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This is discussed in Chapter 4. The third factor is perhaps even more fundamental than theoretical debates about the definition of women-in-politics, or inter-country differences in political developments. This concerns the contested issue of what counts - conceptually and empirically- as political activity. The next section deals with this issue. What counts as 'politics' and where does it occur? Feminist scholars have stressed the need to redefine what counts as 'political' and to rethink the space in which this occurs in order to measure the true level of women's political participation (Benn, 1993; Graham and Regulska, 1997: 65).

5 The way in which the process is being conducted has implications for citizenship and gender equality in the region. There is a very real danger of creating second class status for those countries relegated to the second round of accession such as Bulgaria and Romania, third class status for candidate countries, and marginal status for those left out in the cold, now named 'neighbouring' countries. This could widen already existing gaps in levels of female political representation and gender equality between an 'in' group of countries in Central Europe and the Baltic states, relegating countries in Eastern and Southeastern Europe (with the exception of Slovenia) to the second tier, and effectively marginalizing Russia and Central Asian countries.

In judging who qualifies as 'deserving' poor, local women welfare officials apply gendered Strategies for Gender Equity 29 and racist discourses in judging Roma women as 'irresponsible' for having too many (of the wrong kind of) children. Excluding them from welfare entitlements has the effect of denying them full political and social rights, hence equal citizenship status with the majority Hungarian population. JUlia Szalai argues convincingly that this example demonstrates how discourses of cultural otherness become translated into structural discrimination (Szalai, 2005).

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