Accepted paper:

'Faking feminism: gendered strategies of the National front (France) and the Lega nord (Italy)'

Authors:

Francesca Scrinzi (University of Glasgow)

Paper short abstract:

Based on data collected during a two-year project (Gendering activism in populist radical right parties, ERC Starting Grant, 2012-2014), the paper compares the strategies through which the National front (France) and the Lega nord (Italy), aim at constructing their political cause in gendered ways.

Paper long abstract:

Based on documentary and ethnographic data collected during a two-year project (Gendering activism in populist radical right parties, ERC Starting Grant, 2012-2014), this paper compares the strategies through which two populist radical right parties, the National front (France) and the Lega nord (Italy), aim at constructing their political cause in gendered ways. The paper analyses the 'racialisation of sexism' as a strategy through which the two parties re-frame their anti-immigration discourse in terms of a struggle for women's rights; and points to the tensions inherent in their ideology - between 'modern traditional' views of gender on the one hand and, on the other, 'pseudo-feminist' arguments. Through their strategies the two parties provide their recruits with gendered sources of identification as well as with opportunities for celebrating these gendered collective identities - such as women's sub-organisations or campaigns on 'women's issues'. The paper compares the different repertoires used by the two parties to frame their political actions on 'women's issues' and connects them with national formations of gender and ethnicity and with the Italian and French models of integration and citizenship.

panel P022
Gender, far-right, and political radicalization