The genders of citizenship

Stephen T. Leonard, Joan C. Tronto

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One important legacy of republicanism is the ideal of good citizenship; a related legacy of republicanism is the equation of citizenship and masculinity. These legacies are at once strange and familiar: today, masculinity and citizenship are often conceptualized as discrete and distinctive identities, and some critics, most notably feminists, suggest that in modern democracies good citizenship and masculinity may even be contradictory ideals. The source of these conceptual paradoxes is the transformation of gender and civic discourse in the early modern period, particularly the "long eighteenth century." Understanding the implications of these changes helps us better grasp both the relationship of gender and citizenship today, and how a more effectively engaged and meaningfully egalitarian form of democratic citizenship, for men and women, might be realized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-46
Number of pages14
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2007

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