The gender of the public sphere. Asymmetry or dialogue?

Author/s Terri Mannarini
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2010/2 Language Italian
Pages 10 P. 55-64 File size 537 KB
DOI 10.3280/PSC2010-002006
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The study is aimed at understanding whether deliberative arenas are public spaces open to diversity and respectful of differences, or they are rather likely to reproduce discrimination and exclusion of minorities, as claimed by feminist theorists (Young, 1996; Benhabib, 1996). Through the analysis of twelve interviews to citizens (half female, half male) involved in three deliberative experiences, the author conclude that there are qualitatively different patterns of participation for men and women, and that deliberative arenas, though favourable to the involvement of women, run the risk of discriminating minorities. In view of further research, the author highlights that discrimination in public deliberation could be better investigated through the analysis of discursive interaction.

Keywords: Gender, participation, deliberation, public sphere, diversity, discrimination

Terri Mannarini, Il genere della sfera pubblica. Asimmetria o dialogo? in "PSICOLOGIA DI COMUNITA’" 2/2010, pp 55-64, DOI: 10.3280/PSC2010-002006