This book charts the new phase of global struggles around gender equality and sexual democracy: the ultraconservative mobilization against "gender ideology" and feminist efforts to counteract it. It argues that anti-gender campaigns, which emerged around 2010 in Europe, are not a simple continuation of the anti-feminist backlash dating back to the 1970s, but part of a new political configuration. Opposition to "gender" has become a key element of the rise of right-wing populism, which successfully harnesses the anxiety, shame and anger caused by neoliberalism and threatens to destroy liberal democracy. 

Anti-Gender Politics in the Populist Moment offers a novel conceptualization of the relationship between the ultraconservative anti-gender movement and right-wing populist parties, examining the opportunistic synergy between these actors. The authors map the anti-gender campaigns as a global movement, putting the Polish case in a comparative perspective. They show that the anti-gender rhetoric is best understood as a reactionary critique of neoliberalism as a socio-cultural formation. The book also studies the recent wave of feminist mass mobilizations, viewing the transnational revolt of women as a left populist movement. 

This is an important study for those doing research in politics, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies and sociology. It will also be useful for activists and policy makers.  

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com , has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter |14 pages


The demonization of “gender” and the crisis of democracy
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chapter 1|23 pages

Gender, anti-gender and right-wing populism

Recasting the debate
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chapter 2|29 pages

Mapping the anti-gender campaigns as a global movement

From religious trend to political struggle
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chapter 3|25 pages

“Worse than communism and Nazism put together”

Poland's anti-gender campaigns in a comparative perspective
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chapter 4|22 pages

Gender as “Ebola from Brussels”

The uses and abuses of the anti-colonial frame
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chapter 5|23 pages

Anxious parents and children in danger

The family as a refuge from neoliberalism
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chapter 6|27 pages

Counteracting anti-gender movements

Toward a populist feminism?
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Gender in the populist moment
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