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Gender and Politics

Feminisms in the Nordic Region

Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique

Editors: Keskinen, Suvi, Stoltz, Pauline, Mulinari, Diana (Eds.)

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  • Provides analyses of key issues of feminism at national and regional levels in the Nordic countries
  • Engages with current issues, debates and tensions within feminism
  • Connects three key challenges of feminism: neoliberalism, nationalism and colour-blind feminism
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This book explores how feminist movements in the Nordic region challenge the increasing gender, race and class inequalities following the global economic crisis, neoliberal capitalism and austerity politics, and how they position themselves in the face of the rise of nationalism and right-wing populism. The book contextualizes these recent events in the long histories of racial and colonial power relations embedded in Nordic societies and their gender equality and welfare state regimes. It examines the role of whiteness and racism and seeks to decolonize feminist knowledge and genealogies of feminist movements in the region. The contributions provide in-depth knowledge on the different orientations, dilemmas and tactics that feminisms develop in these challenging times and show the centrality of antiracist and decolonizing critiques of feminisms. They further highlight the strategies of feminist and related antiracist and indigenous movements in regards to ideas about hope, solidarity, intersectionality, and social justice.

Chapters 6 and 10 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via link.springer.com.

About the authors

Suvi Keskinen is Professor of Ethnic Relations at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the co-editor of Complying with Colonialism: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Nordic Region (2009) and Undoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region: Migration, Difference and the Politics of Solidarity (2019).

Pauline Stoltz is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Society at Aalborg University, Denmark. She is the author of Gender, Resistance and Transnational Memories of Violent Conflict (2020) and former Chief Editor of NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (2013-2015).

Diana Mulinari is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Lund, Sweden. Among her latest publications are “Hegemonic Feminism Revisited: On the Promises of Intersectionality in Times of the Precarisation of Life” (with P. de los Reyes, published in NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 2020) and the book Essential writings on Intersectionality, Labour and Ecofeminism (with F. Khayaat F. and N. Räthzel, 2020).

Reviews

“This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary intersectional feminisms. It is a timely and original collection, breaking new ground in the field of gender and women* studies, critical migration and racism studies, Arctic indigenous studies, and design studies. The contributors critique the welfare state and the co-optation of feminisms into neoliberal and right-wing politics from an anti-racist feminist perspective. They decolonise Nordic feminism through highlighting long-standing anti-colonial struggles by Sámi activists, connecting these to contemporary young Women of Color and Black feminist tactics of (dis)identification and anti-racist feminist intersectional struggles in the Nordic Region.” (Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Professor and Chair in General Sociology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany)

“This vital collection addresses some of the most urgent questions facing feminists in the Nordic region and beyond. How to decolonise feminism? How to respond to the twin crises of neoliberalism and populism? How to resist racism and structural inequalities within the movement? The book provides an unflinching analysis of power dynamics within feminism, but is underpinned by a politics of hope. It is a must-read for those interested in the possibilities of feminist solidarity.” (Elizabeth Evans, Reader in Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

“By bringing questions of migration, indigeneity and de-coloniality to the forefront of feminist investigations, this important collection provides original insights into recent development of Nordic feminism. While situated in the Nordic countries, the volume will be of interest to anyone interested in how feminism has responded to neoliberalism, right-wing populism and gender conservatism. Significantly, the volume illustrates how new reconfigurations of solidarities can exist across differences – also in a time of exclusionary nationalism and racism.” (Rikke Andreassen, Professor of Culture and Media, Roskilde University, Denmark)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • Contextualising Feminisms in the Nordic Region: Neoliberalism, Nationalism, and Decolonial Critique

    Pages 1-21

    Stoltz, Pauline (et al.)

  • Co-optation and Feminisms in the Nordic Region: ‘Gender-friendly’ Welfare States, ‘Nordic exceptionalism’ and Intersectionality

    Pages 23-43

    Stoltz, Pauline

  • Gender, Citizenship and Intersectionality: Contending with Nationalisms in the Nordic Region

    Pages 47-66

    Siim, Birte

  • Changing Feminist Politics in a ‘Strategic State’

    Pages 67-88

    Elomäki, Anna (et al.)

  • ‘Danishness’, Repressive Immigration Policies and Exclusionary Framings of Gender Equality

    Pages 89-109

    Stormhøj, Christel

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Feminisms in the Nordic Region
Book Subtitle
Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique
Editors
  • Suvi Keskinen
  • Pauline Stoltz
  • Diana Mulinari
Series Title
Gender and Politics
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-53464-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-53464-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-53463-9
Series ISSN
2662-5814
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 254
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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