ESA The Position Of The Female Gender In The Political Space. An Analytical Biography Access To The Study Of East German Female Politicians Career Chances

Thursday, July 17, 2014: 5:45 PM
Room: Booth 60
Oral Presentation
Cornelia HIPPMANN , Technical University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany
This abstract aimed to determine the career opportunities of East German female politicians for the processes of their social and mind-making. The biographical analytical way was selected, because this method does not exclude the "elogocial" perspecitve of the female subject in politics and also distinguishes between the different levels of politics. In this regard my research confirmed that "gender" has got a crucial influrence on the East Germany politicians careers, especially, when it is cooperation with other categories of difference such as "generation" for "familiy". That is why influrence of the collapse of the GDR and the following transformation processes had crucial influrence on career opportunities of East German female politicians be considered. To that extent, the research aiming to show how "gender" and "gender differences" in politics are constructed. These consequences for thier politicial careers and the politicial culture will be demonstrated, too. It will also demonstrate, how "gender identitiy" is constructed in the field of politics. The abilities which are essential for successful career oans if women in politics are dicussed. Another focus is paid the specific advantages and disadvangtes female politicians have got because of their "gendered" role. Besides, it will be shown if and in which way female politicians will be accepted by the male competitions and by the society. Last but not least the consequences of these subjects for the political culture at the present time are also discussed.