When opposition to gender equality and LGBTQIA+ policies is growing in both Europe and at a global scale with increasing attacks on gender and sexuality norms and violations of women’s and other minority groups’ rights, it is crucial to further improve the feminist scholarly understanding of opposition to gender+ equality in times of de-democratisation. Gender and the Politics of Crises in Times of De-Democratisation seeks to broaden the current scope of literature on opposition to gender+ equality towards democracy, laws, politics and policymaking procedures. The book focuses on ten case studies, comprising opposition to gender+ equality policies at the EU, regional, local and national levels. With its strong interdisciplinary and original focus on bringing together distinct scholarships and the variety of topics covered, starting from employment policies through gender and representation to gender-based violence, the book is beneficial for not only gender studies students and scholars, but also for feminist activists, political and policy actors and anyone who is interested in achieving social justice.
Bianka Vida is Doctoral Researcher of Politics at the University of Surrey, carrying out research on the impacts of Brexit on gender equality policies at both the UK and EU level.
1. Introduction, Bianka Vida
2. Opposition to Gender+ Equality Policies and the Crisis of (Neo)liberal Democracy, Bianka Vida
3. European Myth-Making and Gender Policy-Making: Unpacking Gender Equality Policies and the Discursive Constraints of the European Union, Akaysha Humniski
4. Towards a Feminist Foreign Policy? New Approaches to the EU as a Global Actor, Ginger Feather
5. With God and Nature Against Equality: Ideology and Rhetorical Strategies of Right-Wing Anti-Feminism in Austria, Judith Goetz and Stefanie Mayer
6. The Crisis of Gender Equality Regime in Turkey: Moving Towards a Gender Justice Regime, Senem Ertan
7. Power to the People? The Populist Italian Lega, the Anti-Gender Movement and the Defense of the Family, Elisa Bellè and Alessia Donà
8. Gender, Populism and Illiberal Democracy: Opposition to Gender+ Equality in Hungary, Bianka Vida
9. The Anti-Gay Propaganda Law in Lithuania: Defying the European Union, Martijn Mos
10. Relearning Gender in Relation to Neoliberalism: The Politics of Teaching Gender Studies in Times of Critique, Anikó Gregor
11. Reinventing Resistance: An Intersectional Look at the Feminist Responses to Anti-Gender+ Equality in Poland, Barbara Gaweda
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