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Not the Wild West: Femonationalism, gendered security regimes, and Brexit

Not the Wild West: Femonationalism, gendered security regimes, and Brexit

Fanghanel, Alexandra ORCID: 0000-0002-4041-561X (2022) Not the Wild West: Femonationalism, gendered security regimes, and Brexit. In: Bows, Hannah Bianca and Fileborn, Bianca, (eds.) Geographies of Gender-Based Violence: a multi-disciplinary perspective. Bristol University Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 135-149. ISBN 978-1529214499; 978-152924499; 978-152924505; 978-152924512; 978-152924529

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On December 31st 2015 throngs of men profited from the New Year’s festivities in Cologne, Germany to rob and sexually molest women revellers. At the time, it was widely reported in the press that the attackers of these women were predominantly men who were Black and foreign. Initially, men seeking asylum from Syria were blamed for the attacks, subsequently it was discovered that many of these perpetrators were from North Africa. These attacks, in Cologne and in other parts of Germany, sparked nationalist backlashes which continue to reverberate around Europe. This chapter examines how imaginaries of migrant sex crime against women has been used to mobilise ideologies of nationhood, and of belonging, not least in pro-Brexit pre-referendum discourses. Across the spectrum of the political right and the political left rhetoric about the female body – violated by the Black Other – has been mobilised as both crucible and synecdoche for the forging of a vision of nationhood. This chapter considers some of the implications of the discourses expressed here, which mobilise the figure of the woman-as-victim and enshrines rape culture within the fabric of the nation-building.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: femonationalism; nationhood; rape culture; ethnocentrism; Europe; Brexit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Law & Criminology (LAC)
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2024 13:12

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