The Perils of Populism (The Feminist Bookshelf: Ideas for the 21st Century)

The Perils of Populism (The Feminist Bookshelf: Ideas for the 21st Century) by Tobias, Sarah 1978825307 9781978825307
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From Donald Trump in the U.S. to Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, Viktor Orbn in Hungary, and Narendra Modi in India, right-wing populist leaders have taken power in many parts of the world. While each country's populist movement is distinct, they are united by several key features, including the presence of a boastful strongman leader and the scapegoating of vulnerable populations, especially immigrants, people of color, LGBTQ people, and women.

The Perils of Populism shows how a feminist lens can help diagnose the factors behind the global rise of right-wing populism and teach us how to resist the threat it presents to democracy. Featuring interdisciplinary essays about politics in the United States, the Middle East, Europe, and India from a variety of acclaimed theorists and activists, the volume contributes to a rapidly expanding literature on gender and the far right. Together, these chapters offer a truly intersectional analysis of the problem, addressing everything from how populism has thrived in a "post-truth" era to the ways it appeals to working-class voters looking for an alternative to neoliberalism. Yet the authors also find reasons to be hopeful, as they showcase forms of grassroots feminist activism that challenge right-wing populism by advocating for racial and economic justice.

Author: Tobias, Sarah

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 190

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

Publication Date: 2022-09-16


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