Other identities in ethnofederations: women’s and sexual minorities’ advocacy in Belgium

Karen Celis, Petra Meier

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Abstract

This article considers the experience of the impact of ethnofederations on social identities that cut across such an ethnic divide. Based on a series of in-depth interviews focusing on the structure and operation of women’s and lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender movement organizations in Belgium, we demonstrate that these groups experience constraints of the dominant ethno-linguistic identity. These results in a ‘federalism disadvantage’ for identities cross-cutting the ethnic divide, the result of which is a neglect of policy competencies situated at the federal level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-432
Number of pages17
JournalNational Identities
Volume19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • federalism
  • ethnofederalism
  • social movement
  • women
  • lgbt
  • federalism disadvantage

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