Present but Not Accounted For? Gender Differences in Civic Resource Acquisition Journal Article uri icon



  • We investigate the sources of an important form of social inequality: the social processes by which men and women acquire participatory resources in organizations. In particular, we investigate the extent to which men and women acquire civic skills and are targets for political recruitment within churches. Integrating theory about social interaction within an organizational structure, we hypothesize that the ways in which women gain politically relevant resources from the church are simply different from those of men. Three factors explain the institutional treatment of women in churches: (1) women's political contributions are devalued; (2) women respond to social cues more than men do; (3) women respond to political cues from clergy—especially female clergy—whereas men do not. Our findings of gender differences in civic resource acquisition provide a more nuanced treatment of the mobilization process and have broad implications for the relationship between political difference and participatory democracy.

publication date

  • October 1, 2007

Date in CU Experts

  • November 4, 2013 10:46 AM

Full Author List

  • Djupe PA; Sokhey AE; Gilbert CP

author count

  • 3

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0092-5853

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-5907

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 906

end page

  • 920


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