Gender Politics in Transition

The Development of the Tunisian Field of Gender Politics 2011 -2014

  • Eva Schmidt

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

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Eva Schmidt
    Pages 1-33
  3. Eva Schmidt
    Pages 35-75
  4. Eva Schmidt
    Pages 77-94
  5. Eva Schmidt
    Pages 139-266
  6. Eva Schmidt
    Pages 267-296
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 297-327

About this book


Eva Schmidt analyses how power relations, ideas, and institutions in Tunisian gender politics changed during the democratisation process 2011–2014. Her analysis of gender politics offers a productive lens to understand the course of the Tunisian transition. As gender policies are integral to Tunisian national identity, they became a major battlefield in the fight for political inclusion and exclusion. In this context, liberal and leftist feminists accessed the decision-making institutions and enhanced the existing women’s rights legislation. Yet the intertwinement of modernist nationalism with women’s rights also limited the scope for feminist demands. This book contributes a unique case study to political transitology and advances an original theoretical approach based on Bourdieu’s theory of the political field. 

  • Applying Bourdieu to the changing Tunisian field
  • The historical formation of the political field
  • January 2011 – October 2011: The women’s quota 
  • October 2011 – December 2013: The women’s rights article
  • December 2013 – May 2014: The women’s quota 2.0

Target Groups 
  • Lecturers and students of political science (Transitology, Policy Analysis, Gender)
  • Experts in development cooperation

The Author 
Eva Schmidt is a political scientist in the field of contentious politics and political sociology. She conducted her research on the Tunisian democratisation process as a doctoral researcher at the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies. 


Gender Politics Transition Development of the Tunisian Field of Gender Politics Political Field Political Transition Democratisation Policy Research Tunisia Women’s Rights Women’s Movement Bourdieu Women’s quota Women’s rights article

Authors and affiliations

  • Eva Schmidt
    • 1
  1. 1.BerlinGermany

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