Gender equality austerity vulnerabilities and resistence in the Spanish neoliberal life cycle

Louise Grisoni, Sonia Ruiz-Garcia

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    Abstract

    We examine how austerity measures have affected gender equality in the context of women workers in Spain. We adopt a feminist perspective to explore the multiple nature of the impact of the recession, emerging policy scenarios and forms of gender action that have developed. One of the unforeseen outcomes of the economic crisis in Spain is the opening up of new forms of collective action that have emerged in two political movements: ‘Podemos’ and ‘Barcelona en Comú’ and two examples of feminist activism: ‘La Vaga de Totes’ and ‘Igualdad de género frente a la crisis económica’—initiatives which point to alternative ways of engaging with work and working lives, in the hope of redressing the inequalities that have increased over recent years. New forms of organization have been successful in mobilizing people by developing the struggle against austerity from a progressive perspective and radical democratic forms of action have come to the fore.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInterrogating the Neoliberal Lifecycle
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Limits of Success
    EditorsBeverley Clack, Michael Paule
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
    Pages145 - 167
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-00770-6
    ISBN (Print)978-3-030-00769-0
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    Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2018

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