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Intruders in politics: Women and minorities, domination and resistance (Des intrus en politique. Femmes et minorités : dominations et résistances)

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Original Language: French | 224 pp. | January 2018

2 Seas Represents: World Excl French.

ESSAY | POLITICS

We must now pass from a quantitative parity to a qualitative one: to be as numerous no longer holds the same power. From this point forward, we must work on internal hierarchies within major and local political bodies, on the distribution and diversity among our delegations (important functions handed over to men, social issues, and how we raise our women). – Mathilde Larrère, interview in Le Monde

“Someone who invites themselves into a group or residence without having qualification for admission or invitation”: These are “intruders,” according to Larousse. Nuisances that barge in uninvited. The political space, where public affairs concerning all citizens are handled, should welcome all – or represent them at the very least; “without distinction as to origin, race, or religion” according to the first article of the Constitution. – Jean-Baptiste de Montvalon, Le Monde

Mathilde Larrère, historian, and Aude Lorriaux, journalist, focus on the transition from a historically white, male, and rich elected body to today’s slightly mixed French politicians. From the French Revolution to today, how did women, and also homosexuals and racialized people, make their way through the closed door of politics? This book is both a historical analysis of this transition and its struggles, and an investigation of current French politics: what typical methods of discrimination are, and what strategies you can use to fight back.

Ex- ministers, deputies, mayors, even ordinary party members, from all political opinions explain what they had to face and fight (or use) to make their way to national representation.

Mathilde Larrère is a lecturer in 19th century political history at the University Paris-Est Marne La Vallée. She is also a weekly contributor to Arrêt sur images and Mediapart and her historical threads on Twitter reach a wide audience.

Aude Lorriaux is a freelance journalist specializing in discrimination and politics.