Chapter 5. Gender and political discourse in Tunisia

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In this article, we explore women’s political discourse in Tunisia since the January 2011 Uprising. We use the Critical Discourse Analysis approach to examine the political discourse and discursive strategies of the major political parties through the lens of the female MPs in the National Constituent Assembly. We first focus on women’s role and participation in politics, their discursive practices in controversial contexts such as gender equality and faith-based issues. Then we use the “Community of Practice” method to address the issue of feminine and gender-identified political discourse and report findings from a survey-based empirical study. The results suggest that women’s empowerment and agency require further political participation achieved through an intersectional perspective that associates gender with poverty and urban/rural inequalities.


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