Gender, Religion, Identity

Chair: Marian Sawer (*

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Globalization, including increased economic integration, international migration, the digital revolution and transnational forms of governance, is everywhere affecting identity, although in complex and seemingly contradictory ways. There is a reassertion of national, subnational and religious identities, often accompanied by strengthening of sub-national regional economies and demands for greater regional autonomy. On the other hand, labour and refugee migration, global markets and new international norm-setting are helping bring about changes in gender relations. The feminisation of migration, globalization of carework, trafficking of women and employment in labour-intensive export industries, may be linked to the dark side of globalization, while the new norms of gender equality established through institutions of international governance remain relatively fragile.

Globally, the political role of religion is at the centre of moral and political contestation. The international movement of people is creating increased religious diversity in many countries and exacerbating clashes between group rights, particularly in relation to family law and practices, and individual rights.  Globalization is also generating fundamentalist responses to modernity in some parts of the world and populist responses to immigration in others. Perceptions of risk posed by diversity and social change have inspired anti-globalisation politics at the national level. Reassertion of majority ethnicities either at national or subnational levels may conflict with multiculturalism, which is under renewed challenge. Papers are invited on all these subjects, whether relating to gender, religion or cultural identity.


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