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
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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.