Gendernationalism as a new Expression of Political Nationalism?

Dahinden, Janine; Fischer, Carolin; Menet, Joanna; Kristol, Anne (September 2018). Gendernationalism as a new Expression of Political Nationalism? In: Gender Campus Blog. Gender Campus Redaktion

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In Switzerland, men and women have equal rights. Women decide on their lives in the same way as men do”. This statement appears in a leaflet outlining the basic rules of living together, which the Swiss canton of Lucerne distributes among asylum seekers. Who would have thought that the idea of gender equality would come to represent a fundamental dimension of being Swiss? Today, Swissness is no longer only associated with attributes like punctuality, orderliness, hiking boots and skis. As of recently, gender equality also forms part of the catalogue of typical Swiss features. As such, gender equality is represented as setting the Swiss apart from foreign – notably non-European – others who continue to adhere to unequal gender roles. To capture this biased perception of self and others, we introduce the notion Gendernationalism.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Dahinden, Janine and Fischer, Carolin


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


Gender Campus Redaktion




Anja Julienne Wohlgemuth

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20 Oct 2021 13:08

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20 Oct 2021 13:08


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