Political Intersectionality and Democratic Politics in the European Public Sphere

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    Religious and cultural conflicts about accommodation of immigrant minorities in European democracies have become major policy issues during the last 20 years, exacerbated by the political and economic crisis. The essay addresses the inclusion/exclusion of women and ethnic minorities in the European Public Sphere (EPS). It is inspired by results and reflections from the European Gender Project (EGP) , where intersectionality was used as an approach for analysing negotiations between gender and ethno-national diversity in selected European countries and in relation to the European Public Sphere. The aim of the essay is to further deepen the theoretical and empirical understanding of intersectionality by reflecting on the relations between political intersectionality and democratic politics from a particular European perspective. It thus confronts theory and research findings concerning intersections of gender and ethnic diversity in political life at the national and transnational levels across Europe. In this context, political intersectionality refers to the framing of gender and ethnic diversity by major political actors as well as by activities of women’s and anti-racist organisations. Democratic politics refers to conflicts and negotiations across political parties and social movement organisations/NGOs. The transnational approach contributes to illuminate potentials of and barriers for transnational civil society actors to create democratic politics in the European Public Sphere.
    Translated title of the contributionPolitisk intersektionalitet og demokratisk politik i den europæiske offentlighedssfære
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationIntersektionalitat und Forschungspraxis : Wechelseitige Herausforderungen
    EditorsMechthild Bereswill, Folkert Degenring, Sabine Strange
    Number of pages18
    Place of PublicationMunster
    PublisherWestfalisches Dampfboot
    Publication dateApr 2015
    ISBN (Print)978-3-89691-243-5
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015
    SeriesForum Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung

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