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Type: Journal article
Title: From Obama to Abbott: gender identity and the politics of emotion
Author: Johnson, C.
Citation: Australian Feminist Studies, 2013; 28(75):14-29
Publisher: Routledge
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 0816-4649
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Carol Johnson
Abstract: This article analyses how politicians' use of emotion is gendered. Key Australian, US and UK politicians studied include Obama, George W. Bush, Hillary Clinton, Cameron, Rudd, Abbott and Gillard. Emotions analysed range from fear to compassion. A particular focus is placed on issues of masculinity; however, the implications for constructions of both femininity and masculinity will be considered, including arguments that female politicians face particular problems in utilising emotion, for example, in projecting an image of being both tough and compassionate. It will be argued that it is not just that politicians' use of emotion intersects with issues of gender but that particular gendered identities are a key vehicle via which emotion is deployed. Consequently, the analysis contributes new insights to both the literature on the politics of emotion and the literature on masculinity and gender.
Rights: © 2013 Taylor & Francis
RMID: 0020126465
DOI: 10.1080/08164649.2012.759311
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