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The Routledge Handbook of the Politics of the #MeToo Movement

ISBN 9780367408473
Published November 30, 2020 by Routledge
492 Pages

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Book Description

Since the MeToo hashtag went viral in 2017, the movement has burgeoned across social media, moving beyond Twitter and into living rooms and courtrooms. It has spread unevenly across the globe, with some countries and societies more impacted than others, and interacted with existing feminist movements, struggles, and resistances.

This interdisciplinary handbook identifies thematic and theoretical areas that require attention and interrogation, inviting the reader to make connections between the ways in which the #MeToo movement has panned out in different parts of the world, seeing it in the context of the many feminist and gendered struggles already in place, as well as the solidarities with similar movements across countries and cultures.

With contributions from gender experts spanning a wide range of disciplines including political science, history, sociology, law, literature, and philosophy, this groundbreaking book will have contemporary relevance for scholars, feminists, gender researchers, and policy-makers across the globe.

Table of Contents


Cynthia Enloe

Introduction: Rebellion, Revolution, Reformation

Giti Chandra and Irma Erlingsdóttir

Section I: Theories

1. Struggle, Solidarity, and Social Change

Angela Davis

2. #MeToo as a Revolutionary Cascade

Cass R. Sunstein

3. Global #MeToo

Catharine A. MacKinnon

4. Subject of Desire / Subject of Feminism: Some Notes on the Split Subject(s) of #MeToo

Anne-Emmanuelle Berger

5. #MeToo as a Variegated Phenomenon against Men’s Violences and Violations: Implications for Men and Masculinities

Jeff Hearn

6. #MeToo Beyond Invulnerability: Towards a New Ontological Paradigm

Nanna Hlín Halldórsdóttir

7. The Anonymous Feminist: Agency, Trauma, Personhood, and the #MeToo Movement

Giti Chandra

8. Silencing Resistance to the Patriarchy

Eyja M. Brynjarsdóttir

9. #MeToo, African feminisms and the scourge of stereotypes

Nkiru Balonwu

Section II: Contexts

10. Narrating #MeToo: Calling Our Organizations to Action

Pamela L. Runestad

11. On Tambourines, Hashtags and ReRooting / ReRouting Survivor Voice in Caribbean Feminist Movement Building

Rochelle McFee

12. Moving from Theory to Praxis: Sexual Violence and the #MeToo Movement

Vinita Chandra

13. Wieners, Whiners, Weinsteins and Worse

Jack Halberstam

14. Of Moguls, Monsters, and Men

Karen Boyle

15. Many New Solutions to Workplace Sexual Harassment in a Post #MeToo Era, But Will They Do The Trick?

Audrey Roofeh

16. Being a Disabled Feminist Killjoy in a Feminist Movement

Freyja Haraldsdóttir

17. Black Women, #MeToo and Resisting Plantation Feminism

Marai Larasi

Section III: Global Perspectives

18. #MeToo: Anger, Denouncement and Hope

Purna Sen

19. #MeToo in France, a Feminist Revolution? A Sociohistorical Approach

Bibia Pavard, Florence Rochefort, and Michelle Zancarini-Fournel

20. Polish #MeToo: When Concern for Men’s Rights Derails the Women’s Revolution

Magdalena Grabowska and Marta Rawłuszko

21. #яНеБоюсьСказать (#IAmNotAfraidToSpeak), #MeToo, and the Russian Media: Public Discourse Around Violence Against Women in Russia

Anna Sedysheva

22. #MeToo in Post-Socialist Countries: A Comparative Analysis of Romanian and Chinese Feminist Activism Against Sexual Violence

Mirela Violeta David

23. In the Name of #RiceBunny: Legacy, Strategy, and Efficiency of the Chinese #MeToo Movement

Li Jun

24. The #MeToo Movement in Japan: Tentative Steps Towards Transformation

Robert O'Mochain

25. ‘Ana Kaman’ – MeToo in the Arab World: A Journalist’s Account

Rym Tina Ghazal

26. #MeToo, the Law, and Anti-Sexual Violence Activism in Kenya

K. Kanyali Mwikya, Judy Gitau, and Esther Waweru

27. Critical Reflections on #MeToo in Contemporary South Africa Through an African Feminist Lens

Tamara Shefer and Tigist Shewarega Hussen

28. #MeToo Argentina: A Protest Movement in Progress

Marifran Carlson

29. From #MeToo to #NiUnaMenos in Latin America with Focus on the Case of Mexico

Edmé Domínguez

30. #Akademiuppropet: Social Media as a Tool for Shaping a Counter-Public Space in Sweden

Lisa Salmonsson

31. Fighting Structural Inequalites: Feminist Activism and the #MeToo Movement in Iceland

Irma Erlingsdóttir

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Giti Chandra is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the UNESCO-affiliated Gender Equality Studies and Training programme (GRÓ-GEST) at the University of Iceland. She has been Associate Professor at the Department of English at St Stephen’s College, Delhi, India, and has taught and been a Fellow at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. She has served as Focal Person for the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee at GRÓ-GEST, Chairperson of the College Complaints Committee Against Sexual Harassment at St Stephen’s College, and as the External Expert on the Sexual Harassment Complaints Committee at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication.

Irma Erlingsdóttir is Associate Professor of French Contemporary Literature at the University of Iceland and Director of the UNESCO-affiliated Gender Equality Studies and Training Programme (GRÓ-GEST); RIKK — Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference; and EDDA Center in Contemporary Critical Research at the University of Iceland. She has a PhD from Sorbonne, Paris III, France. She has led several large-scale academic projects in the fields of gender studies, globalisation, contemporary politics, and critical theory. Her current research focuses on transformative politics and contemporary literature, and on the reification of Icelandic gender equality imaginaries.