Gendering far-right illiberalisms in Northern Europe: Theoretical standpoints and empirical illustrations

Activity: Talk or presentationPublic lecture/debate/seminar


The aim of this intervention is to provide a succinct overview of the rapidly developing field of scholarship on the many facets of far-right illiberal manifestations from a gender perspective. Its starting point is to acknowledge that gender plays a crucial role in grasping the ideological underpinnings and the modus operandi of the various entities, which are generally associated with the larger field of socio-political manifestations further to the right of the mainstream centre-right. In this lecture, the concept of far-right continuum (Norocel, 2023) is suggested as a means to address the difficulty of delineating the discretely interrelated forms of far-right mobilization and to enable a theoretical discussion informed by a gender perspective of the common ideological traits identified in research on these diverse entities. This theoretical discussion is then illustrated by examining radical-right populism (Norocel & Pettersson, 2022) and far-right extremism (Norocel, 2022), which provide a quick sketch of upcoming research directions for research on gender and far-right illiberalisms, by evidencing the benefits of an interdisciplinary agenda in the field.
Period2024 Mar 14
Held atGothenburg University: Faculty of Humanities, Sweden
Degree of RecognitionNational

UKÄ subject classification

  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
  • Human Aspects of ICT
  • Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)

Free keywords

  • illiberalism
  • radical-right populism
  • far-right continuum
  • gender
  • extreme right parties
  • Northern Europe