Renegotiating Gender and the State in Tunisia between 2011 and 2014

Power, Positionality, and the Public Sphere

  • Anna Antonakis

Part of the Politik und Gesellschaft des Nahen Ostens book series (PGNO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
  2. Anna Antonakis
    Pages 1-14
  3. Anna Antonakis
    Pages 97-111
  4. Analyzing Negotiations of Gender in different Dimensions of the Public Sphere in Tunisia (2011-2014)

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 233-260

About this book


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. 

  • Exploitation and instrumentalization of women’s rights  
  • Combining public sphere and intersectional theory  
  • Post-colonial regimes in Tunisia  
  • Intersectional analysis of transformation, including political institutions, media and associations after the uprisings of 2011 

Target Groups 
  • Researchers and students in political science with a special interest in political communication, intersectional approaches and the study of societies in transformation 
  • Scholars, activists and diplomats interested in the “Arab Spring” and North Africa

The Author 
Dr. Anna Antonakis is a researcher and consultant in the field of Gender, Media and Security. She investigated the Tunisian transformation process from 2013-2016 as a doctoral fellow at the SWP. 


Political Transformation Intersectional Theory and Epistemology Tunisia Arab Spring Gender Feminism Public Sphere Counterpublic Protest Media Critical Security Studies Renegotiating Gender Power Positionality Women’s rights Post-colonial regimes in Tunisia

Authors and affiliations

  • Anna Antonakis
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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