Women, equality and the UK's EU referendum: locating the gender politics of Brexit in relation to the neoliberalising state

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Abstract

This paper uses a feminist state-theoretical approach to explore the development of Brexit and argues that the UK's EU referendum and its aftermath reflect a gendered politics embedded within the ongoing neoliberal restructuring of the state. Directing attention to the struggle to protect women’s interests, maintain equality strategies, and more generally infuse a gender dimension in political discussions, the paper emphasises the risks of Brexit for women and gender equality. It concludes by asking how at the current conjecture – when European regulation on gender equality is being framed as ‘stifling’ economic growth – we can build up a fairer and more equal United Kingdom.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-223
Number of pages19
JournalSpace and Polity
Volume22
Issue number2
Early online date27 Jul 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Austerity
  • Brexit, European Union, referendum, UK
  • Equality
  • Gender
  • Feminism
  • State Theory
  • Women's Rights

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