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Unsettling political: Conceptualizing the political in feminist and LGBTI+ activism across Russia, Scandinavian countries and Turkey

Liinason, Mia LU ; Cagatay, Selin ; Sasunkevich, Olga and Arik, Hülya (2021) In International Feminist Journal of Politics
Abstract
This article aims to expand the ongoing theoretical debate on the broadened and context-specific notion of politics by offering an empirically nuanced conceptualization of political based on the study of feminist and LGBTI+ activism in Russia, Turkey, and the Scandinavian countries. We use a multi-scalar transnational approach to foreground connectivities across regions to challenge the nation-bound and state-centric perspectives on politics and reveal its variant formulations beyond the formal-informal divide. Case studies from feminist and LGBTI+ activists and LGBTI+ minority organizations demonstrate the contextually specific ways of inhabiting or distancing from politics. Drawing on an interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and a... (More)
This article aims to expand the ongoing theoretical debate on the broadened and context-specific notion of politics by offering an empirically nuanced conceptualization of political based on the study of feminist and LGBTI+ activism in Russia, Turkey, and the Scandinavian countries. We use a multi-scalar transnational approach to foreground connectivities across regions to challenge the nation-bound and state-centric perspectives on politics and reveal its variant formulations beyond the formal-informal divide. Case studies from feminist and LGBTI+ activists and LGBTI+ minority organizations demonstrate the contextually specific ways of inhabiting or distancing from politics. Drawing on an interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and a Gramscian approach to civil society, we challenge the narrow articulation of politics either as antagonism or contestation. In doing so, we highlight the political expressions that do not neatly fit in the expected forms of politics yet are motivated by a commitment to shape new ways of living together. (Less)
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  year         = {{2021}},
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