Durability and change in state gender systems: Ireland in the 1950s
Connolly, Eileen (2003) Durability and change in state gender systems: Ireland in the 1950s. European Journal of Women's Studies, 10 (1). pp. 65-86. ISSN 1461-7420
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This study of Ireland's gender contract at the end of the 1950s is a country-specific analysis of gender regime change at the level of the state. It is based primarily on Irish parliamentary debates for the years 1957 and 1958, the point at which Ireland embarked on a process of economic modernization. In describing the detail of this gender system, it provides a benchmark against which the reforms of the late 1960s and 1970s can be measured. It also points to two salient features of a state's gender regime that may be applicable in other situations: first, the comparative 'stickiness' of the gender contract once it has been established and second the episodic or crisis-based nature of gender regime negotiation.
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