New article by Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catarina Kinnvall

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Annika Bergman Rosamond and Catarina Kinnvall have together with Chris Agius (Swinburne University, Australia) published the article ‘Populism, Ontological Insecurity and Gendered Nationalism: Masculinity, Climate Denial and Covid-19’ in the journal Politics, Religion and Ideology.

The  article proceeds from a critical analysis of gendered narratives of nationhood as manifested in far-right populist politics and discourses in response to major security challenges. We focus on how such narratives exemplify gendered nationalism and inform the discourses of populist political leaders and their followers, with a particular focus on the USA and the UK. We proceed from an engagement with the ontological security literature to show how masculine imaginations and fantasies of fear, hate and anger—‘toxic masculinity’—are in fact gendered responses to ontological insecurity across two major cases of insecurity: climate change and the global corona virus pandemic.

The global coronavirus pandemic and climate denialism have gendered dimensions in populist, masculine discourses, as exemplified in the response to the climate activist Greta Thunberg and to the rejection of experts and lockdown measures in the case of Covid-19.

Link to the publication on 

Annika Bergman Rosamond's personal page 

Catarina Kinnvall's personal page