Introduction: In the Name of Women’s Rights
The introduction outlines the emergence of the mobilization of gender equality by right-wing nationalists, neoliberal governments, and some well-known feminists within xenophobic campaigns in France, the Netherlands, and Italy from 2000 to 2013. While situating the study in relation to the recent scholarship on the deployment of women’s and gay rights against migrant (and particularly Muslim) communities, the introduction explains the novel contribution of the book in its focus upon political economy. It then moves to define the key concept through which the book puts forward the political economic approach: that is, femonationalism. It further clarifies the three theoretical dimensions of this concept: femonationalism as convergence, as ideological formation, and as neoliberal political economy. The introduction finally explains the study’s methodology and the reasons for the focus on the three western European countries as significant case studies. It concludes by providing an overview of the book’s chapters.