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Neoliberalism and feminist organizing: from “NGO-ization of resistance” to resistance against neoliberalism
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies. The Institute for Advanced Study, Political Critique in Warsaw.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8263-5530
2016 (English)In: Solidarity in Struggle: Feminist Perspectives on Neoliberalism in East-Central Europe / [ed] Eszter Kováts (ed.), Budapest: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016, p. 32-41Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article engages with feminists critiques of neoliberalism, specifically with the influential narrative about the NGO-ization of women’s movement and co-optation of feminism by neo-liberalism (Charkiewicz 2009, Fraser 2011, McRobbie 2009). It argues that while the vision of the feminist actors as “the handmaidens” of neoliberalism accurately captures some aspects of contemporary feminist organizing, it obfuscates others, especially new and original forms of resistance taking place beyond the perimeters of what is usually included in the “Western” context (Aslan and Gambetti 2011, Funk 2012). I discuss some examples of the struggles against neoliberal logic and practices in the Polish context, arguing that while there has been a strong trend towards professionalization and de-politicization of civic activism in the country, during the last decade we can observe a growing resistance against this tendency. The paper concludes with discussing various forms of anti-neoliberal women’s organizing highlighting the opportunities and risks involved in employing them in the context of the local and transnational struggles.

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Budapest: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, 2016. p. 32-41
Keywords [en]
feminism, neoliberalism, social movements, transnational activism
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Sociology Gender Studies
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33804Local ID: 1415/3.1.1/2014ISBN: 978-615-80161-4-8 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-33804DiVA, id: diva2:1163512
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Genus och politiska kunskapskulturer i Polen, Sverige och Tyskland
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, A 78/2014Available from: 2017-12-07 Created: 2017-12-07 Last updated: 2017-12-07Bibliographically approved

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