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Mia Liinason. Foto.

Mia Liinason

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Mia Liinason. Foto.

Unsettling the political : conceptualizing the political in feminist and LGBTI+ activism across Russia, the Scandinavian countries, and Turkey


  • Mia Liinason
  • Selin Cagatay
  • Olga Sasunkevich
  • Hülya Arik

Summary, in English

This article aims to expand the ongoing theoretical debate on the broadened and context-specific notion of politics by offering an empirically nuanced conceptualization of political based on the study of feminist and LGBTI+ activism in Russia, Turkey, and the Scandinavian countries. We use a multi-scalar transnational approach to foreground connectivities across regions to challenge the nation-bound and state-centric perspectives on politics and reveal its variant formulations beyond the formal-informal divide. Case studies from feminist and LGBTI+ activists and LGBTI+ minority organizations demonstrate the contextually specific ways of inhabiting or distancing from politics. Drawing on an interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and a Gramscian approach to civil society, we challenge the narrow articulation of politics either as antagonism or contestation. In doing so, we highlight the political expressions that do not neatly fit in the expected forms of politics yet are motivated by a commitment to shape new ways of living together.


  • Department of Gender Studies
  • eSSENCE: The e-Science Collaboration

Publishing year





International Feminist Journal of Politics

Document type

Journal article


Taylor & Francis


  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science
  • Social and Economic Geography




  • ISSN: 1468-4470