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Protesting Gender

The LGBTIQ Movement and its Opponents in Italy, 1st Edition

By Anna Lavizzari


238 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367279134
pub: 2019-12-19
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Drawing on fieldwork conducted in Italy among political activists of the LGBTIQ movement and the traditionalist movement during the "anti-gender" campaign, this book provides a dynamic picture of their sustained interactions. Through an analysis of the contentious strategies, discourses, and performances of both the LGBTIQ and the traditionalist movements from a strategic interactionist perspective, it considers the key actors involved in this struggle over normative and social change, showing how activists on both sides are confronted with different dilemmas, influencing each other’s choices, practices and identities at the individual and collective levels. Approaching social movements as interactive processes, the author deploys the concepts of social performance and gender performativity to illustrate the ways in which activists interact with and within gender norms, and how they reproduce or contest gender hierarchies as they protest, thus revealing the centrality of gender to the analysis of processes of recruitment and mobilization, strategies, frames and forms of organization. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and political science with interests in social movements and gender.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Strategy, Performance and Gender: An Interactionist Perspective

3. Protesting Gender: Configurations and Gender Arenas in Italy

4. Players, Tactics and Arenas

5. Gender Panic! Framing and Discursive Strategies

6. Individual Patterns of Mobilization and Gender Identities

7. Conclusions

About the Author

Anna Lavizzari is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy.

About the Series

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

The Mobilization Series on Social Movements, Protest, and Culture

Published in conjunction with Mobilization: An International Quarterly, the premier research journal in the field, this series publishes a broad range of research in social movements, protest and contentious politics. This is a growing field of social science research that spans sociology and political science as well as anthropology, geography, communications and social psychology. Enjoying a broad remit, the series welcomes books on the following topics: social movement networks; social movements in the global South; social movements, protest, and culture; personalist politics, such as living environmentalism, guerrilla gardens, anticonsumerist communities, and anarchist-punk collectives; and emergent repertoires of contention.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General