EGALITARIAN MOVEMENTS IN A NEOLIBERAL CONTEXT: THE CASE OF FEMINISM, CO-OPTED OR INSTRUMENTALIZED BY NEOLIBERALISM?

Drs. Catherine Eschle, University of Strathclyde, Scotland & Bice Maiguashca, University of Exeter, England, United Kingdom

January 2019

About our Guests: Dr. Catherine Eschle is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Government and Public Policy at the University of Sthartclyde in Gasglow, Scotland, United Kingdom.  Dr. Bice Maiguashca is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics at the University of Exeter, in Exeter, England, United Kingdom. They are co-authors of the book, Making Feminist Sense of the Global Justice Movement  (2010),  among other academic books and journal articles.

Interviewer: Ana Fonseca

Overview:  Drs. Catherine Eschle and Bice Maiguashca discuss their article, "Theorising Feminist Organising in and against Neoliberalism: Beyond Co-optation and Resistance?," published in 2018 in the European Journal of Politics and Gender. Their article provides insights into the ways the co-optation and resistance dichotomy has prevented us from understanding feminist organizing in a neoliberal context, and urges us to move beyond this dichotomy in order to more fully understand the relationship between neoliberalism and feminism.

How has  the creation of certain dichotomies in conceptualizations of feminism and neoliberalism prevented us from understanding more fully the relationship between neoliberalism and feminism?  Has feminism been co-opted or rather instrumentalized by neoliberalism? What's the difference between co-optation and instrumentalization and how does it complicate current understandings of the issue at hand? What makes feminism coincide so much with the left? Drs. Bice Maiguashca and Catherine Eschle address these key questions during this conversation.

RH- Egalitarian Movements in a Neoliberal Context- The case of Feminism, Co-opted or Instrumentalized by Neoliberalism- Interview with Drs. Catherine Eschle and Bice Maiguashca by Ana Fonseca.mp3

Keywords/themes: Feminism, neoliberalism, co-optation of feminism, appropriation of feminist ideas, misappropriation of feminist ideas, left-right divide, egalitarian movements, social movements, left political imaginary and the egalitarian ethos, feminism as a left political project

"I think feminism as a set of ideas, discourses and images is being appropriated in a variety of very complex ways, which poses a very serious challenge to the well-being of feminism as a movement. I think we're, in some sense, worrying about the wrong problem; I don't think feminists are easily co-opted."

Bice Maiguashca

"...there's something at stake in how we pass verdict on different feminist actors. Or, actually, whether it's feminist ideas, discourses, and practices being taken and used in different contexts without actually a feminist in sight. "

Catherine Eschle
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CITING THIS INTERVIEW:

Audio: Eschle, Catherine and Bice Maiguashca."Egalitarian Movements in a Neoliberal Context: The Case of Feminism, Co-opted or Instrumentalized by Neoliberalism?" Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, audio, January 2019 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2019-01-catherine-eschle-university-of-strathclyde-and-bice-maiguashca-university-of-exeter-egalitarian-movements-in-a-neoliberal-context-the-case-of-feminism-co-opted-or-instrumentalized-by-neoliberalism

Transcription: Eschle, Catherine and Bice Maiguashca."Egalitarian Movements in a Neoliberal Context: The Case of Feminism, Co-opted or Instrumentalized by Neoliberalism?" Interview by Ana Fonseca. Radio Heteroglossia, transcription, January 2019 https://www.radioheteroglossia.com/en/interviews/2019-01-catherine-eschle-university-of-strathclyde-and-bice-maiguashca-university-of-exeter-egalitarian-movements-in-a-neoliberal-context-the-case-of-feminism-co-opted-or-instrumentalized-by-neoliberalism 

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