Academics against Gender Studies

Science populism as part of an authoritarian anti-feminist hegemony project

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  • Marion Näser-Lather

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.7146/kkf.v29i2.124901

Nøgleord:

anti-feminism, anti-genderism, science, populism, crisis, feminist knowledge production

Resumé

In Germany, knowledge production by gender researchers has been under attack not only from male rights activists, Christian fundamentalists and right-wing parties and movements, but also from scientists in various fi elds. Based on a discourse analysis of their publications (2009-2017) and a media reception analysis, this essay analyses arguments used by ‘gender’-critical scientists and the socio-political backgrounds to where they position themselves. I show that their arguments do not belong to scientifi c discourse, but can be interpreted as a form of science populism which lends ‘scientific’ authority to the formation of authoritarian, anti-feminist discourses that aims to reify ‘secure’ knowledge about ‘gender’. Accordingly, ‘gender-critical’ scientists are read mainly by non-scientific publics, including right-wing and Christian fundamentalist media and actors. As I will show, the phenomenon of scientists taking action against ‘gender’ can be situated in historical antifeminism, as well as contemporary discourses on the crisis-like character of the dynamics regarding gender knowledge and societal conditions.

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2021-02-08

Citation/Eksport

Näser-Lather, M. (2021). Academics against Gender Studies: Science populism as part of an authoritarian anti-feminist hegemony project. Kvinder, Køn &Amp; Forskning, 29(2), 77–84. https://doi.org/10.7146/kkf.v29i2.124901

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