Feminism as Power and Resistance: An Inquiry into Different Forms of Swedish Feminist Resistance and Anti-Genderist Reactions

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Feminism as Power and Resistance: An Inquiry into Different Forms of Swedish Feminist Resistance and Anti-Genderist Reactions


  • Mona Lilja School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Evelina Johansson Department of Cultural Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden


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Abstract:  This article explores how resistance and power are intertwined within the field of mainstream Swedish feminism, by analyzing some of its more visible expressions and strategies. These feminist resistance strategies could be described as circulating resistance (e.g., the #metoo campaign), public assemblies, the more subtle “disciplinary resistance”, and state feminism. The article illustrates how these different forms of resistance fuel different reactions from movements that reiterate different discourses of “anti-genderism”. In addition, some forms of feminism (state feminism and feminist disciplinary resistance) sometimes develop into, or overlap with, different technologies of power.

Keywords:  anti-genderism; feminism; gender; popular assemblies; power; resistance; Sweden; state feminism

Published:   22 November 2018


DOI: https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v6i4.1545


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