Women’s Uprising in Poland

Embodied Claims between the Nation and Europe

in Anthropological Journal of European Cultures
View More View Less
  • 1 Social and Cultural Anthropology, Europa-Universität Viadrina ramme@ europa-uni.de

In 2016 a legislative proposal introducing an abortion ban resulted in female mass mobilisations. The protests went along with frequent claims of Polish as well as European belonging. Next to this, creative appropriations of patriotic symbols related to national movements, fights and uprisings for independence and their transformation into a sign of female bodily sovereignty could be observed all over the country. The appearance of bodies needs to be looked at in relation to the concrete political context and conditions in which bodies materialise (Butler 2015). Bodies are in this sense always relational, but they also depend. The article argues that the constitution of ‘European bodies’ can serve to empower people exposed to and oppressed by nationalist biopolitics. In such cases a ‘European body’ might be constituted in distinction to the nation/nationalism and its claim of ownership on female bodies (the ‘national body’) and by performing multiple belongings extending national belonging.

If the inline PDF is not rendering correctly, you can download the PDF file here.

Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

(formerly: Anthropological Yearbook of European Cultures)

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 0 0 0
Full Text Views 49 49 26
PDF Downloads 80 80 46