Special Issue of Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia, edited by Rossella Ghigi (University of Bologna) and Catherine Rottenberg (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev).

Feminism, conceived as both a political movement and a theoretical perspective, is currently facing new challenges across the globe. On the one hand, its goals have been partly incorporated as part of institutional governance in Western democracies. Equality and attempts to eradicate discrimination have, today, become crucial aspects of many international and national agendas. This has meant, according to some scholars, that feminism has been appropriated by so-called gender mainstreaming, while feminist knowledge has been converted into de-politicized technical expertise (Mukhopadhyay 2004; De Jong and Kimm 2017).Other scholars have argued that as neoliberalism becomes ever more dominant, feminist ideals of solidarity and social justice are being reformulated through the language of the market (See Fraser, Eisenstein 2009, Prugl 2014, and Rottenberg 2014). Still other scholars have described the focus on individual women’s success, financial satisfaction and (hetero) sexual realization, as part of a posfeminist sensibility (Gill 2007; McRobbie 2009; Lewis 2017). Given all of these processes – the mainstreaming, individualizing and neoliberalization of feminist themes – it is not surprising that notions such as gender parity or equality have been taken up by a wide range of actors for a variety of purposes: from right-wing political parties mobilizing them against immigrants and refugees (Farris 2017), through proponents of military intervention in countries of the Global South brandishing “violence against women” as justification (Ayotte and Husain, 2005; Norton 2013) to popular discourses inciting women to be confidence and resilient (Gill and Orgad 2017), which then help justify the dismantling of the welfare state… [download full call]

Abstracts are due by January 15, 2019. All abstracts (500 words), with 5 keywords in English, should be sent as e-mail attachments (Word Format) to: rottenbe [at] and rossella.ghigi [at]
Decisions concerning the selection of articles will be given by February, 15, 2019.
Submission of first versions of articles to be refereed should be sent to the editor by May 15, 2019.
Articles – written in English – should follow the journal guidelines and sent to:
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Communication from the Editor concerning the peer-review process will take place by July 15, 2019.
Revised versions sent to the editors by September 15, 2019.