In the Name of Women's Rights

The Rise of Femonationalism

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Sara R. Farris
  • Durham, NC: 
    Duke University Press
    , April
     2017.
     272 pages.
     $25.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780822369745.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mary Beth Yount forthcoming.

Description

This book is also being reviewed in JAAR by Annelies Moors.

Sara R. Farris examines the demands for women's rights from an unlikely collection of right-wing nationalist political parties, neoliberals, and some feminist theorists and policy makers. Focusing on contemporary France, Italy, and the Netherlands, Farris labels this exploitation and co-optation of feminist themes by anti-Islam and xenophobic campaigns as “femonationalism.” She shows that by characterizing Muslim males as dangerous to western societies and as oppressors of women, and by emphasizing the need to rescue Muslim and migrant women, these groups use gender equality to justify their racist rhetoric and policies. This practice also serves an economic function. Farris analyzes how neoliberal civic integration policies and feminist groups funnel Muslim and non-western migrant women into the segregating domestic and caregiving industries, all the while claiming to promote their emancipation. In the Name of Women's Rights documents the links between racism, feminism, and the ways in which non-western women are instrumentalized for a variety of political and economic purposes.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Sara R. Farris is senior lecturer in sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London, and the author of Max Weber's Theory of Personality: Individuation, Politics, and Orientalism in the Sociology of Religion.

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