Right-Wing Populism and Gender

European Perspectives and Beyond

While research in right-wing populism has recently been blossoming, a systematic study of the intersection of right-wing populism and gender is still missing, even though gender issues are ubiquitous in discourses of the radical right ranging from »ethnosexism« against immigrants, to »anti-genderism.«

This volume shows that the intersectionality of gender, race and class is constitutional for radical right discourse. From different European perspectives, the contributions investigate the ways in which gender is used as a meta-language, strategic tool and »affective bridge« for ordering and hierarchizing political objectives in the discourse of the diverse actors of the »right-wing complex.«

Overview Chapters

  1. Frontmatter

    Seiten 1 - 4
  2. Contents

    Seiten 5 - 6
  3. Right-Wing Populism and Gender: A Preliminary Cartography of an Emergent Field of Research

    Seiten 7 - 22
  4. Authoritarian Right-Wing Populism as Masculinist Identity Politics. The Role of Affects

    Seiten 23 - 40
  5. Why Gender and Sexuality are both Trivial and Pivotal in Populist Radical Right Politics

    Seiten 41 - 58
  6. Sexual Politics from the Right. Attacks on Gender, Sexual Diversity, and Sex Education

    Seiten 59 - 74
  7. Post-Socialist Conditions and the Orbán Government's Gender Politics between 2010 and 2019 in Hungary

    Seiten 75 - 100
  8. Man, Woman, Family. Gender and the Limited Modernization of Right-Wing Extremism in Austria

    Seiten 101 - 116
  9. Sexual Politics as a Tool to "Un-Demonize" Right-Wing Discourses in France

    Seiten 117 - 134
  10. Identitarian Gays and Threatening Queers, Or: How the Far Right Constructs New Chains of Equivalence

    Seiten 135 - 146
  11. Why Are Women Attracted to Right-Wing Populism? Sexual Exceptionalism, Emancipation Fatigue, and New Maternalism

    Seiten 147 - 166
  12. Populist Mobilizations in Re-Traditionalized Society: Anti-Gender Campaigning in Slovenia

    Seiten 167 - 184
  13. 'You're Fired!' Retrotopian Desire and Right-Wing Class Politics

    Seiten 185 - 206
  14. The Alternative Right, Masculinities, and Ordinary Affect

    Seiten 207 - 230
  15. Angry Women: Poland's Black Protests as 'Populist Feminism'

    Seiten 231 - 250
  16. Intersectionality Strikes Back: Right-Wing Patterns of En-Gendering and Feminist Contestations in the Americas

    Seiten 251 - 272
  17. Acknowledgements

    Seiten 273 - 274
  18. List of image sources

    Seiten 275 - 278
  19. Authors

    Seiten 279 - 286
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14 April 2020, 286 pages
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Gabriele Dietze

Gabriele Dietze, unabhängige Wissenschaftlerin, Deutschland

Julia Roth

Julia Roth, Universität Bielefeld, Deutschland

1. Why did You chose this topic?

We chose to publish a collected volume on »Gender and Right-Wing Populism«, because it is a politically timely topic. We started out from the observation that gender topics are omnipresent in the increasing conservative and extremist backlash we recently see in many places. The politics range from outright anti-feminism and so-called ›anti-genderism‹ and protests against same-sex marriage, abortion and sex education, to racist arguments that seemingly protect the sexual freedom of (›autochthonous‹) women and gays against allegedly backward Others.

2. What new perspectives does your book offer?

Even though gender seems to play a central role in right-wing discourse, and singular colleagues have worked on that crucial relationship, there is so far no systematic approach focusing on gender and right-wing populism. Our book seeks to tie in here and bring together some of the pioneer voices of this new field of research. Moreover, we seek to offer a first systematic theoretical framework for approaching related questions on the workings of gender as an arena or meta-language in right-wing discourse. We also want to carve out the parallels and differences between locally diverse places, ranging from Germany and Austria, Hungary, Denmark, Poland and Slovenia to the USA and Brazil.

3. What makes your topic relevant for current research debates?

Our book offers a systematic gender lens for research on the currently worldwide conservatism, increasing right-wing populism and extremism. Arguing that gender is fundamental for right-wing logics, we examine how gender functions as an ›affective bridge‹ in this discourse. Furthermore, the contributions of our books suggest a number of useful concepts and patterns for that matter, including ›the right-wing populist complex‹ to refer to a broad range of actors, ›ethno-sexism‹ to address the articulation of racism through allegedly pro-emancipatory arguments, as well as right-wing strategies such as ›intersectionality from above‹ or ›reverse anti-colonialism‹.

4. Choose one person you would like to discuss your book with!

Sabine Hark.

5. Your book summary in one sentence:

An insightful and pioneer examination of the workings of gender as an arena and ›affective bridge‹ in the currently world-wide increasing right-wing discourse.

»[This book] remains a valuable addition to the fields of populism and gender studies. I recommend it to anyone looking for critical European perspectives on the synergy of both disciplines.«
Marco Bitschnau, International Feminist Journal of Politics, 17.12.2020
»A first benefit of this volume is that it shows the fruitfulness of opening a feminist toolbox in the evolving theorizing about populism.
A second benefit is that the contributors raise important questions about the different types of right-wing populist actors and coalitions that exist and that use gender (and related categories) as a means for (sometimes strange) coalition building and for criticizing globalization processes (in sometimes contradicting ways).«
Pauline Stoltz, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 17.12.2020
O-Ton: »Selling the past as future« – Interview with Julia Roth and Gabriele Dietze on L.I.S.A. Wissenschaftsportal of Gerda Henkel Stiftung on 26.11.2020.
Gabriele Dietze / Julia Roth (eds.)
Book title
Right-Wing Populism and Gender European Perspectives and Beyond
transcript Verlag
kart., Dispersionsbindung, 28 SW-Abbildungen
Commodity Group
SOC032000 POL042000 POL042030
Release date
14 April 2020
Geschlecht, Zeitdiagnose, Politik
Gender Studies, Social Sciences, Humanities, Political Practitioners and the general public
Right-Wing Populism, Populism and Gender, Anti-Genderism, Anti-Muslim Racism, Sexual Politics, Gender, Politics, Gender Studies, Political Ideologies, Right-wing Extremism, Bielefeld University Press, Diagnosis of Our Time, Political Science, Cultural Studies

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