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The Cooperative Role Model: A study of the Role Model Effect in rural agricultural cooperatives in Rwanda
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2020 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

With the highest representation of female parliamentarians in the world, Rwanda is a frequently reoccurring case when studying the impact of increased female representation. In this debate, little attention has been given to symbolic representation and particularly to the concept of the Role Model Effect. To bridge this gap, the purpose is to provide insights to how the Role Model Effect operates in a rural, non-quota context, separated from high politics. Consequently, the thesis seeks to examine how female board members in Rwandan agricultural cooperatives affect the willingness of female members to obtain board positions. The data was collected through a qualitative field study where 44 respondents in three different cooperatives in Rwanda were interviewed. Respondents were chosen through a combination of strategic selection and snowball sampling. The thesis found that the Role Model Effect required two conditions to be fulfilled before it could be manifested: geographical proximity and trust. If these criteria were met, both female board members and female leaders of lower ranks were found to explicitly and implicitly increase the willingness to obtain leading positions among female members, thus altering ruling gender roles. 

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2020. , p. 39
Keywords [en]
Role Model Effect, agricultural cooperatives, Rwanda, symbolic representation, leadership, gender roles
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-403172OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-403172DiVA, id: diva2:1388474
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Political Science
Educational program
Bachelor Programme in Political Science
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Available from: 2020-01-27 Created: 2020-01-24 Last updated: 2020-01-27Bibliographically approved

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