Bringing Narrative In: Race-Gender Storytelling, Political Ambition, and Women's Paths to Public Office (Article, 2013) [WorldCat.org]
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Bringing Narrative In: Race-Gender Storytelling, Political Ambition, and Women's Paths to Public Office

Author: Angela Frederick
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, v34 n2 (April-June 2013): 113-137
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Gender and politics scholars have yet to recognize political leaders' “deciding to run” accounts as storytelling performances that draw from and contest dominant cultural discourses. In this article, I present findings from interviews I conducted with 33 women candidates in Texas, analyzing my subjects' “deciding to run” accounts as narratives that illuminate much about women's attempts to negotiate contradictions  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Angela Frederick
ISSN:1554-477X
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 5136559488
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Gender and politics scholars have yet to recognize political leaders' “deciding to run” accounts as storytelling performances that draw from and contest dominant cultural discourses. In this article, I present findings from interviews I conducted with 33 women candidates in Texas, analyzing my subjects' “deciding to run” accounts as narratives that illuminate much about women's attempts to negotiate contradictions between dominant race-gender values and their drive for public office. I find that women tell quite different narratives about their decisions to run for office, with Black women and Latinas expressing more confidence and self-direction in their stories than white women. I also reveal that many of these stories contain complexities and contradictions that are not illuminated in survey research on candidate emergence.

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