Affective Virtuosity : Challenges for Governance Feminism in the Context of the Economic Crisis

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Elomäki , A , Kantola , J , Koivunen , A & Ylöstalo , H 2019 , ' Affective Virtuosity : Challenges for Governance Feminism in the Context of the Economic Crisis ' , Gender, Work and Organization , vol. 26 , no. 6 , pp. 822-839 . https://doi.org/10.1111/gwao.12313

Title: Affective Virtuosity : Challenges for Governance Feminism in the Context of the Economic Crisis
Author: Elomäki, Anna; Kantola, Johanna; Koivunen, Anu; Ylöstalo, Hanna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
Date: 2019-06-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 18
Belongs to series: Gender, Work and Organization
ISSN: 0968-6673
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/306735
Abstract: This article explores the possibilities and constraints for feminist knowledge production and diffusion, and its influence over policy making and public debate in the context of austerity and neoliberal governance. By analysing the process in which a group of Finnish academic feminists used their expert position to influence government policy in 2015–2017, the article illustrates the strategies they adopted to engage in political debates and how they negotiated the new political landscape. The research material was derived from two years of action research and participant observation and is considered through the theoretical lens of governance feminism. The article makes a distinctive contribution to extant theories of governance feminism, by drawing upon theories of affects and ambivalence as a complement to governance feminism's focus on discourses and co‐optation. We coin the term affective virtuosity to highlight the importance of affect in feminist knowledge production and diffusion, and in shaping the various perspectives available to feminist scholars in encounters with politicians and policymakers.
Subject: 517 Political science
AUSTERITY POLITICS
economic crises
feminist knowledge production
governance feminism
neoliberalism
affects
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