Title
Discursive dynamics in gender equality politics: what about 'feminist taboos'? Discursive dynamics in gender equality politics: what about 'feminist taboos'?
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
London ,
Subject
Sociology
Source (journal)
The European journal of women's studies. - London
Volume/pages
17(2010) :2 , p. 1-19
ISSN
1350-5068
ISI
000277390600002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
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Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Discursive dynamics play an important role in shaping the meanings of gender equality. The article discusses the relation between hegemonic discourses on gender equality policies and feminist taboos. It suggests that feminist scholars could paradoxically be trapped in hegemonic discourses on gender equality policies that may lead to taboos about particular approaches to and interpretations of such policies. Three main feminist hegemonic discourses are considered to act as taboos. They deal with the possibility to overcome patriarchy, the role of elites and other groups of actors in processes of gender transformation and the merits of incremental change. The article further discusses the implications of the postulate about hegemonic discourses and taboos on gender equality for feminist knowledge production and reflects on the potential of Bacchi's notion of 'reflexivity' to overcome them.
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