Bodies in Resistance

Gender and Sexual Politics in the Age of Neoliberalism

  • Wendy Harcourt

Part of the Gender, Development and Social Change book series (GDSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Wendy Harcourt, Silke Heumann, Aniseh Asya
    Pages 1-21
  3. The Politics of Place: Gender, Movements and Bodies

  4. Points of View on Gender Politics, Rights and Bodies in Resistance

  5. Wendy Harcourt
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 345-362

About this book


As part of the emerging new research on civic innovation, this book explores how sexual politics and gender relations play out in feminist struggles around body politics in Brazil, Colombia, India, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, Turkey, Nicaragua, as well as in East Africa, Latin America and global institutions and networks. From diverse disciplinary perspectives, the book looks at how feminists are engaged in a complex struggle for democratic power in a neoliberal age and at how resistance is integral to possibilities for change. 

In making visible resistances to dominant economic and social policies, the book highlights how such struggles are both gendered and gendering bodies. The chapters explore struggles for healthy environments, sexual health and reproductive rights, access to abortion, an end to gender-based violence, the human rights of LGBTIQA persons, the recognition of indigenous territories and all peoples’ rights to care, love and work freely. The book sets out the violence, hopes, contradictions and ways forward in these civic innovations, resistances and connections across the globe.


Gender Sexuality Social movements Reproductive rights Civic innovation Human rights Neoliberailsm Bodies Power Relations Neo-conservatism Globalism Fundamentalism Gender-based violence gender neoliberalism political science political theory politics

Editors and affiliations

  • Wendy Harcourt
    • 1
  1. 1.Erasmus University Rotterdam The HagueThe Netherlands

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