First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
"…relates the voices of women in Israel who are building political capital & attempting to bring about social change by participating in nongovernmental organizations." -- J. Lindroth, Sociological Abstracts
Chapter I. Setting the Israeli Scene Introduction Historical Legacies: Roots of Gender Relations and Ethnic Tension The Functioning of the Formal Political System Women in political parties Women's political parties Women and voting Women in Knesset, committees, ministries Knesset's bureaucratic responses to women Women politicians Legal Arena Military Participation Contemporary Feminist Movement Living in a State of Siege: The Role of Women in the Peace Movement The Emergence of Women's Nongovernmental Organizations Resources and Funding Chapter II. Minding the Political Gap: The need for and development of a concept of political capital Introduction Philosophy and the Public Sphere: Enter Feminist Politics Women and politics: Toward feminist critical theory Women, citizenship and political participation Building Civil Society: Utilizing Social and Political Capital Examining civil society NGOs as learning sites Conceptualizing a New Term: 'Political Capital' Social capital is too diffuse A first consideration of 'political capital' The influence of Bourdieu's cultural capital The influence of Putnam's social capital Trust, norms and networks The influence of political culture Political education Education and democracy Informal education: liberation pedagogy and rights based education Nonformal education: Consciousness-raising Definition of Political capital Political capital in democracy Chapter III. Revealing political capital: Methods of discovery Nature of Study Qualitative research Feminist research Research Methods Research setting Israel Women's Network Bat Shalom Haifa Women's Coalition Research sample Sample size Sample: Socio-demographic description Gaining access to research sites Research Instruments Interviews Interview process Particpant observation Document review Research questions Hypothesis Data Analysis Limitations of Study Transportation Language Religion Time Chapte r IV. NGOs of their own: Women claim public space for political influence Introduction Why are NGOs needed: what gap do they address for women and how do they do that? NGOs create new discourse NGOs help women connect skills with action Women benefit more from women's NGOs than mixed-gender NGOs NGOs politicize traditional voluntary associations There is political power in the group NGOs can create a false illusion of change The formal political sphere is a male sphere The military encourages male political careers NGOs provide increased opportunities for women's political participation Summary The Influence of NGOs on the formal political system NGOs participate in legislation, lobbying and commities Members of Knesset rely on women's NGOs Most women in NGOs would consider running or ha