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The Gender Selectivities Of The State: A Critical Realist Analysis.

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Journal publication date2004
JournalJournal of Critical Realism
Number of pages31
Original languageEnglish


This article develops a critical realist, strategic relational analysis of the gendering of the state. It draws freely from feminist theorists, recent work on masculinity, and some of the insights of �queer theory�. My aim is to show the contingently necessary nature of the gender biases in the state�s institutional architecture and operation and show how these can be illuminated through a critical realist, strategic-relational perspective. The article has four main parts. These deal with (a) critical realism and the strategic-relational approach (hereafter SRA); (b) its implications for analyzing gender selectivities; (c) the gender selectivities of advanced capitalist democratic states; and (d) some implications of strategic selectivity for feminist action.