Male Leaders and Female Caretakers: Gender Dynamics in the Political Life of a South Eastern European Society in Protracted Transition. - In: Citizenship, Gender and Democracy Building. Ed. by The European Feminist Initiative. Beirut: European Feminist Initiative, 2018, pp. 27-32. ISBN 978-2-9565916-0-3
Beirut, Lebanon: European Feminist Initiative.
This article considers aspects of gender dynamics in Bulgarian political life over the lengthy period of 29 years, commonly recognized as the country’s long-drawn transition from a one-party state socialist system with a command economy to pluralistic democracy and a market economy. The period in question has been characterized by gender imbalance in political decision-making bodies. The imbalance is due to a variety of reasons, such as the survival of the notion of separate spheres, the weakness of civil society, and the absence of participatory predisposition among women. In the political sphere, the essentialist structuring of gender identities has repeatedly manifested itself in the simplistic distinction between powerful male leaders and subservient female caretakers. The article discusses some of the means of moving beyond such dichotomies.
citizenship, democracy, gender, agency, participation, androcentrism, Bulgaria, political life, civil society.