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Palgrave Macmillan

Gender Equality, Intersectionality, and Diversity in Europe

ISBN 9781137028082
Publication Date August 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series The Politics of Intersectionality

Analyzing the developments which have characterized EU gender equality policies and women's transnational activism since the introduction of multiple discrimination policies in the 1990s, this book identifies two interrelated challenges: diversity of women's interests, and degendering of policies. Drawing on discursive policy analysis, it addresses the interaction between policies, institutions and civil society actors in relation to gender equality, diversity and intersectionality at the European level. Rolandsen Agustín successfully integrates the concepts of diversity and gender equality into a contextualized approach to analyzing transnational intersectionality. This unique approach focuses on processes of institutionalization and mobilization, which are addressed in relation to the institutional setup of the EU, its policies and policymaking structures, as well as transnational civil society mobilization and interaction with EU institutions.

Lise Rolandsen Agustín is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Equality, Diversity and Gender (EDGE), Department of Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark.

Introduction: Challenges to European Union Gender Equality Policies
1. Policymaking, Institutionalization and Collective Mobilization: a Model for Transnational Intersectional Analysis
2. Gender and Other Inequalities in the Institutionalization of 'Multiple Discrimination'
3. Minority Intersectional Constituencies and Women's Collective Mobilization at the European Level
4. Genderbased Violence and the Framing of Equality Policies
5. Transnational Policy Framings: (De)gendering in the Context of Institutionalization
6. Problematizing the 'Gendered Other': Integration, Violence and Culturalization


"Intersectionality has become the topic of the moment as both a discourse and an institutional process within the EU. Rolandsen-Agustin's analysis of how both dimensions of intersectionality operate is an essential contribution to understanding its promise and its pitfalls for European feminism. It combines attention to the institutionalization of ideas and resources within the frameworks of the EU with consideration of the strategic choices of policy makers and the mobilizations among differently positioned actors in civil society, artfully balancing attention to structure and agency in what feminists are able to do to keep gender on the agenda. By tracing the specifics of the discourse of diversity in the instance of policies about violence against women, this book offers critical theoretical insights into feminism and social policy in Europe." - Myra Marx Ferree, Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and Director, European Union Center of Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
"This is a theoretically engaging and methodologically sophisticated book on one of the key debates in contemporary politics and genderstudies: gender equality and its relationship to intersectionality. The book is an excellent study about the ways in which gender equality and diversity are framed and institutionalized in European policy. Its empirical case studies reveal how gender equality and diversity interact in such key debates as violence and in the politics of social movements. Its theoretical and methodological contributions and empirical findings make it an indispensable text to scholars in gender studies, politics, European Studies and International Relations." - Johanna Kantola, Academy Research Fellow, Gender Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
"This book develops a dynamic and comprehensive intersectional approach for understanding gender violence policies in the European Union. It is an important and thought-provoking resource for gender and diversity activists and researchers." - Emanuela Lombardo, Lecturer in Political Science, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
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