Renegotiating Gender and the State in Tunisia between 2011 and 2014: Power, Positionality, and the Public Sphere


Antonakis, Anna. 2019. Renegotiating Gender and the State in Tunisia between 2011 and 2014: Power, Positionality, and the Public Sphere. Wiesbaden: Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden.

Author: Anna Antonakis


Anna Antonakis’ analysis of the Tunisian transformation process (2011-2014) displays how negotiations of gender initiating new political orders do not only happen in legal and political institutions but also in media representations and on a daily basis in the family and public space. While conventionalized as a “model for the region”, this book outlines how the Tunisian transformation missed to address social inequalities and local marginalization as much as substantial challenges of a secular but conservative gender order inscribed in a Western hegemonic concept of modernity. She introduces the concept of “dissembled secularism” to explain major conflict lines in the public sphere and the exploitation of gender politics in a context of post-colonial dependencies. 
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction
2. Positionalities, Modernity, and the Public Sphere
3. Constructing an Empirically Grounded Framework
4. The Nation State within the Matrix of Domination
5. Detecting the Matrix of Domination: a Historical Perspective
6. Counterpublic Resistance under Ben Ali's Rule
7. Challenging the Matrix of Domination
8. The Structural Dimension of the Public Sphere
9. The Representational Dimension of the Public Sphere
10. The Interactional Dimension of the Public Sphere
11. Conclusion
12. Outlook: Negotiating Homosexualities in Tunisia: Inclusions and Exploitations in the Hegemonic Public Sphere after 2014

Topics: Coloniality/Post-Coloniality, Conflict, Feminisms, Gender, Gender Analysis, Media, Post-Conflict, Sexuality Regions: Africa, MENA, North Africa Countries: Tunisia

Year: 2019

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