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When feminism became gender equality and anti-racism turned into diversity management

Paulina de los Reyes

in Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9781447325963
Published online September 2016 | e-ISBN: 9781447325987 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0001
When feminism became gender equality and anti-racism turned into diversity management

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This chapter examines social mobilisations around feminist politics and antiracism deployed in a general context of neoliberal reforms in Sweden. It compares feminist collective mobilizations and networking during late 1900s with later antiracist mobilizations, and relates these to the transformation of stances against racism into diversity policies. In so doing the chapter argues for intersectional perspectives as a way out of the limitations of earlier theorizations about race and gender. It suggests that the radical potential of intersectional political strategies can be realised through a critical analysis that anchors issues of identity and subjectivity in a logic of capitalist exploitation. A conceptualization of capitalism that transcends its neoliberal form and instead also takes into account its historical constitution in the (post)colonial world is a necessary requirement for this.

Keywords: neoliberalism; social mobilisation; feminist politics; antiracism; diversity policies

Chapter.  9271 words. 

Subjects: Race and Ethnicity

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