The logic of representation in the 2014 Bordeaux municipal election campaign
Arambourou Clément, Della Sudda Magali, Bugnon Fanny, Marneur Victor, Neyrat Frédéric et Paoletti Marion, “When male heterosexual leaders politicize gender and sexual issues: The logic of representation in the 2014 Bordeaux municipal election campaign”, French Politics, 14(1), avril 2016, p. 83-100.
Summary: Gender and sexual politics were major issues during the 2014 French municipal elections campaign. A few weeks before the election, France experienced large-scale campaigns against gay marriage and gender equality policies. The aim of this article is to question the relationship between descriptive and substantive representation in the context of the municipal election campaign in Bordeaux. In the context of the ‘demo for all’, the return of a religious-based opposition between ‘moral order and permissiveness’ calls for further investigation. This article thus offers an original point of view based on fieldwork at the municipal level and polling data.
Della Sudda, Magali, « Gender, Fascism and the Right-Wing in France between the Wars: The Catholic Matrix » Julie V. Gottlieb (Ed.) “Gender and Fascism”, Totalitarian Movements and Political Religion, 2012, vol.13, issue 2, pp.179-195.
Summary:This article seeks to take the discussion of French fascism in a different direction by offering an analysis from a gendered perspective. Based on original archive material and literature, it provides an interpretation in terms of continuity between prewar conservative movements, Catholic women’s leagues and far right organizations in terms of gender representations and the sexual division of political labour. The first part of the article focuses on the contrast between a vivid and flourishing scholarship on gender and fascism led by English-speaking scholars, and the relative paucity of research conducted from within the French academy on the same. The debate over the existence and the peculiarity of French fascism has represented an obstacle for the emergence of innovative research on subjects such as women, masculinity and more generally gender in France. Nevertheless, an empirical survey based on archival material of the Catholic Church and Catholic women’s leagues, as well as the more usual material from the National Archives, provides new evidences of continuity from an organisational and ideological perspective to the Catholic Action league, the Croix de Feu/Parti social français and the Jeunesses patriotes.