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

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2004
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Critical Realism
Issue number2
Number of pages31
Pages (from-to)207-237
<mark>Original language</mark>English


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.