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Brexit: Gendered implications for equality in the UK

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katharine A. M. WrightORCiD



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Bristol University Press, 2019.

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How can we seek to unpack the complex and gendered dynamics of Brexit amidst a deeply divisive and fast paced debate? We argue that to not address this question is a cost too high. The challenge, given the scope of our intervention here is to disentangle the work that gender is doing as a structure of power that shapes every aspect of our daily lives. As feminist scholars we know that gender structures and norms will permeate the myriad possibilities for what Brexit might look like. Therefore, we take as our starting point the nature of the process itself, both pre and post Referendum to consider whose voices and what issues have been prioritised. This, we argue is our best opportunity to consider what the final settlement is likely to look like and how it might shape gender regimes in the UK in future. We also consider current government responses to crisis, in particular austerity, its impact on gender equality, arguing that if austerity has been gender blind, Brexit will be too.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Haastrup T, Wright KAM, Guerrina R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Politics and Gender

Year: 2019

Volume: 2

Issue: 2

Pages: 311-312

Print publication date: 01/06/2019

Acceptance date: 25/01/2019

Date deposited: 04/02/2019

ISSN (print): 2515-1088

ISSN (electronic): 2515-1096

Publisher: Bristol University Press


DOI: 10.1332/251510819X15538593501337


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