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Feminisms in the Nordic Region

Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique

  • Suvi Keskinen
  • Pauline Stoltz
  • Diana Mulinari

Part of the Gender and Politics book series (GAP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Feminist Struggles over Gender Equality, Welfare and Solidarity

  3. Decolonising Feminisms in the Nordic Region

  4. Antiracism and Speaking the Truth to Power

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 251-254

About this book


This book explores how feminist movements in the Nordic region challenge the increasing gender, race and class inequalities following the global economic crisis, neoliberal capitalism and austerity politics, and how they position themselves in the face of the rise of nationalism and right-wing populism. The book contextualizes these recent events in the long histories of racial and colonial power relations embedded in Nordic societies and their gender equality and welfare state regimes. It examines the role of whiteness and racism and seeks to decolonize feminist knowledge and genealogies of feminist movements in the region. The contributions provide in-depth knowledge on the different orientations, dilemmas and tactics that feminisms develop in these challenging times and show the centrality of antiracist and decolonizing critiques of feminisms. They further highlight the strategies of feminist and related antiracist and indigenous movements in regards to ideas about hope, solidarity, intersectionality, and social justice.

Chapters 6, 7, 9 and 10 are available open access under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License via

Suvi Keskinen is Professor of Ethnic Relations at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland.

Pauline Stoltz is Associate Professor at the Department of Politics and Society at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Diana Mulinari is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Lund, Sweden. 


feminism neoliberalism ethno-nationalism right-wing populism antiracist feminism gender and citizenship feminist politics gender equality academic feminism Nordic feminism social justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Suvi Keskinen
    • 1
  • Pauline Stoltz
    • 2
  • Diana Mulinari
    • 3
  1. 1.Swedish School of Social ScienceUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  2. 2.Department of Politics and SocietyAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  3. 3.Department of Gender StudiesLund UniversityLundSweden

About the editors

Suvi Keskinen is Professor of Ethnic Relations at the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki, Finland. She is the co-editor of Complying with Colonialism: Gender, Race and Ethnicity in the Nordic Region (2009) and Undoing Homogeneity in the Nordic Region: Migration, Difference and the Politics of Solidarity (2019).

Pauline Stoltz is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics and Society at Aalborg University, Denmark. She is the author of Gender, Resistance and Transnational Memories of Violent Conflict (2020) and former Chief Editor of NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research (2013-2015).

Diana Mulinari is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Lund, Sweden. Among her latest publications are “Hegemonic Feminism Revisited: On the Promises of Intersectionality in Times of the Precarisation of Life” (with P. de los Reyes, published in NORA – Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 2020) and the book Essential writings on Intersectionality, Labour and Ecofeminism (with F. Khayaat F. and N. Räthzel, 2020).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Feminisms in the Nordic Region
  • Book Subtitle Neoliberalism, Nationalism and Decolonial Critique
  • Editors Suvi Keskinen
    Pauline Stoltz
    Diana Mulinari
  • Series Title Gender and Politics
  • Series Abbreviated Title Gender and Politics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies Political Science and International Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-53463-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-53466-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-53464-6
  • Series ISSN 2662-5814
  • Series E-ISSN 2662-5822
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 254
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Politics and Gender
    European Politics
    Gender Studies
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“This volume is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary intersectional feminisms. It is a timely and original collection, breaking new ground in the field of gender and women* studies, critical migration and racism studies, Arctic indigenous studies, and design studies. The contributors critique the welfare state and the co-optation of feminisms into neoliberal and right-wing politics from an anti-racist feminist perspective. They decolonise Nordic feminism through highlighting long-standing anti-colonial struggles by Sámi activists, connecting these to contemporary young Women of Color and Black feminist tactics of (dis)identification and anti-racist feminist intersectional struggles in the Nordic Region.” (Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Professor and Chair in General Sociology, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany)

“This vital collection addresses some of the most urgent questions facing feminists in the Nordic region and beyond. How to decolonise feminism? How to respond to the twin crises of neoliberalism and populism? How to resist racism and structural inequalities within the movement? The book provides an unflinching analysis of power dynamics within feminism, but is underpinned by a politics of hope. It is a must-read for those interested in the possibilities of feminist solidarity.” (Elizabeth Evans, Reader in Politics, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK)

“By bringing questions of migration, indigeneity and de-coloniality to the forefront of feminist investigations, this important collection provides original insights into recent development of Nordic feminism. While situated in the Nordic countries, the volume will be of interest to anyone interested in how feminism has responded to neoliberalism, right-wing populism and gender conservatism. Significantly, the volume illustrates how new reconfigurations of solidarities can exist across differences – also in a time of exclusionary nationalism and racism.” (Rikke Andreassen, Professor of Culture and Media, Roskilde University, Denmark)