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Democracy Ideologies: Iran and Afghanistan
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Democracy ideologies are based on gendered concepts of citizenship. They define a citizen as a free and autonomous contract-making individual, a property owner, the male citizen. Democracy ideologies exclude women from the state. This exclusion is accentuated by the attempts to separate state and civil society, civil society and the private sphere, and the state and the private sphere. The works of Alexis de Tocqueville (1805–59), the French philosopher and historian, present an example of the gendered character of democracy ideologies. In his much acclaimed work De la démocratie…

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Kian-Thiébaut, Azadeh, “Democracy Ideologies: Iran and Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0073c>
First published online: 2009

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