The gender dimension of the authoritarian backlash
Title: The gender dimension of the authoritarian backlash
Author: MUSTONEN, Liina
Citation: Turkish policy quarterly, 2015, Vol. 14, No. 1, pp. 181-189
External link: http://turkishpolicy.com/article/751/the-gender-dimension-of-the-authoritarian-backlash-in-egypt-spring-2015
The campaign against the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood during its short-lived rule instrumentalized the notion of gender equality for political purposes – namely demonizing the Brotherhood and the subsequent overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi. Narratives were constructed along the dichotomy of emancipated Egyptian woman and oppressed, traditional women. However, there has been a rapid de- politicization of the discussion on women’s role in society following Morsi’s ouster. The author argues that the absence of a debate on the patriarchal structures of the political and military forces that have substituted Morsi’s rule reveals the hollowness and political nature of these gendered discourses.
First published online: 05 June 2015
Succeeding version: http://hdl.handle.net/1814/46668
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