The Body of the Nation: Illiberalism and Gender
S. Holmes, A.Sajo, R. Uitz, eds., Routledge Handbook of Illiberalism, Routledge, 2021, 403-422
21 Pages Posted: 28 Apr 2021 Last revised: 6 Apr 2022
Date Written: April 27, 2021
Gender has become a central feature of illiberal rhetoric and action. While socio-legal scholarship has established a clear relationship between anti-genderism and populist parties and/or the global right, the link between anti-genderism and illiberalism has not yet been clearly established. The aim of this chapter is to fill this gap.
The chapter first explicates the link between anti-genderism and global right/right-wing populism (two phenomena strictly related to contemporary illiberalism). It then establishes a more specific link between anti-genderism and illiberalism, by focusing on illiberal actors’ war on “gender ideology”, and their efforts to reshape human rights epistemology. The analysis corroborates these links by looking at three domains: immigration, religious attire, and sexual and reproductive rights.
Keywords: illiberalism, gender, traditional family, gender ideology, global right, immigration, Islam, sexual and reproductive rights
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