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Manduhai Buyandelger
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA 02139-4307)
A Thousand Steps to the Parliament: Elections, Gender, and Media in Contemporary Mongolia

My book tells a story of women’s engagement in building a new democratizing neoliberal state following the end of socialism in Mongolia. It weaves together two interrelated narratives: the experiences, circumstances, and strategies of female candidates in competing from the initial local level nominations to the Parliamentary seats during Mongolia’s last two elections (2008 and 2012) and integral to that, the development of the women’s movement as an outcome of the efforts of various NGOs, activists and feminists to improve legal, cultural, and social conditions for women’s ascent to Parliament. This book is the first in-depth anthropological study of a Parliament, its politics from inside and outside, and the experiences of female parliamentarians (and candidates) in a newly democratizing country. I seek NEH support for writing chapter 3 “Election-ization of the Nation” and 4 “Intellect-full Women”

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Project fields:

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2014 – 6/30/2014