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Cristian Norocel

Ov Cristian Norocel

Associate senior lecturer

Cristian Norocel

Retrogressive Mobilization in the 2018 “Referendum for Family” in Romania

Author

  • Ov Cristian Norocel
  • Ionela Băluță

Summary, in English

We approach critically the assertion that a referendum ultimately defends the “traditional family,” by examining the articulation of anti-gender politics in Romanian parliamentary debates. We contribute theoretically by employing the concept of retrogressive mobilization in plebiscitary circumstances. We show that in Romania the contours of retrogressive mobilization transgress both the ideological left–right cleavage, and even party loyalty. We demonstrate how the ideological work done for the fantasmatic logics of retrogressive mobilization articulates two antithetical narrative scenarios, both centering on the Orthodox “nature” of the Romanian nation, whose existence and survival are said to hinge on the protection of the “traditional family” from “LGBT ideology.”

Department/s

  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year

2021-10-13

Language

English

Pages

1-10

Publication/Series

Problems of Post-Communism

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

M. E. Sharpe

Topic

  • Gender Studies
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Keywords

  • Romania
  • Anti-genderism
  • retrogressive mobilization
  • referendum

Status

Epub

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 1075-8216