Publication details [#11044]

Vasby Anderson, Karrin and Kristina Horn Sheeler. 2005. Governing Codes: Gender, Metaphor, and Political Identity. Lanham, Md.: Lexington Books. URL
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Book – monograph
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Fortunately, in the last 20 years, the scholarship on women in politics has grown considerably, as have the number of women running for office, the number of women holding office, and thus the amount of data, artifacts, contexts, and situations to be analyzed. Karrin Vasby Anderson and Kristina Horn Sheeler, in Governing Codes, offer a solid, interesting, and insightful addition to this growing line of work. With the presentation of four intriguing case studies, the authors provide a rich and informative analysis from a revealing vantage point—the use of metaphor—to uncover what remains the frustrating and challenging language that four credible and politically astute women had to overcome, as well as some of the rhetorical strategies they successfully employed in doing so. (Mary Christine Banwart)