Postethnic Activism in the Neoliberal Era. Translocal Studies on Political Subjectivities, Alliance-Building and Social Imaginaries

Project Details

Description

This research project examines the conditions, forms and possibilities of postethnic activism in the wake of neoliberal changes and retreat from multiculturalism. Current Nordic countries are characterised by the rise of neo-nationalism and the framing of especially Muslims and non-western minorities as problematic ‘others’ drawing on racialised, gendered and sexualised discourses. Profound changes have simultaneously occurred in the conditions for political action. The neoliberal political rationality implies an emphasis on individualisation and entrepreneurialism, whereby race, gender and class-based inequalities are constructed as individual failures instead of social processes. Political subjects seen to embody diversity are increasingly entering the public sphere but in doing so are also confronted with the racialised and class-based power relations of it.

Through translocal studies in Denmark, Sweden and Finland this research explores how political subjectivities, activities, alliances and social imaginaries are created in postethnic activism. It examines the ways that neoliberal political rationalities shape the contours of activism and how such rationalities are negotiated, made use of, questioned and resisted by activists. Moreover, it analyses the social imaginaries of gender, belonging, nation, history, community and solidarity elaborated in the activities.

Using interviews, participative observation, media and other visual/textual data, as well as collaborative knowledge production with the research participants the research seeks to address especially two kinds of activism: 1) feminist, queer and women’s groups working with an intersectional frame that pays attention to the interplay of gender, sexuality and racialisation; and 2) community-based activism in racialised urban residence areas. In addition, other groups that aim to mobilise people on basis of a shared racialised position will be included in the study.

This five-year research project (2014-2019) is funded by the Academy of Finland.
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/09/201431/08/2019

Funding

  • Academy of Finland, Finland: €62,975.00
  • Academy of Finland, Finland: €434,485.00

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Political activism
  • Racialisation
  • Intersectionality
  • Racialised urban areas
  • Racism
  • Coalition politics
  • Alliance-building
  • Social imaginaries
  • Antiracist feminism
  • Arts and social change

Research Output

  • 7 Article
  • 3 Chapter
  • 2 Anthology or special issue
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review

Antiracist Feminism and the Politics of Solidarity in Neoliberal Times

Keskinen, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Feminisms in the Nordic Region: Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique. Keskinen, S., Stoltz, P. & Mulinari, D. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Contextualising feminisms in the Nordic region: Neoliberalism, nationalism, and decolonial critique

Stoltz, P., Mulinari, D. & Keskinen, S., 2021, (Accepted/In press) Feminisms in the Nordic Region: Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique. Keskinen, S., Stoltz, P. & Mulinari, D. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, (Gender and Politics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Feminisms in the Nordic Region: Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique

Keskinen, S. (ed.), Stoltz, P. (ed.) & Mulinari, D. (ed.), 2021, (Accepted/In press) Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. (Gender and Politics)

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology or special issueScientificpeer-review

Activities

Tieteiden yö

Suvi Keskinen (Speaker: Opponent/discussant)
10 Jan 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesOrganisation and participation in conferences, workshops, courses, seminars

University of Coimbra

Suvi Keskinen (Visiting researcher)
1 May 201931 May 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution