Book review “Right-Wing Populism and Gender. European Perspectives and Beyond”

Fabio Santos, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany


In the edited volume Right-Wing Populism and Gender. European Perspectives and Beyond, Gabriele Dietze and Julia Roth bring together a wide array of contributions adding a much-needed gender perspective to the ever-growing research into right-wing populism (RWP) and its progressive counter-movements. In fourteen chapters, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, cultural, media, and (Inter-)American studies scholars disentangle some of the hostile discourses and concrete political measures implemented or envisioned by right-wing actors across Europe and, to a much lesser extent, in the Americas, mainly the United States. A few chapters also consider or explicitly highlight the role of social movements in countering what the editors call a “right-wing populist complex.” As explained in the introductory chapter by Dietze and Roth, this term is intended to capture media discourses, narratives, and forms of action beyond (yet often related to) the more formal RWP structures of political parties, movements, and organizations.

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