Articles by Joana Lilli Hofstetter

October 31, 2023

🌈 Backlash and backsliding from within: democracy, feminism, and sex work

Joana Lilli Hofstetter
Analyses of the opposition against gender equality in Europe mostly address the opponents of women’s rights as inherently anti-democratic, and feminist actors as democratic by definition. But Joana Lilli Hofstetter and Lucrecia Rubio Grundell use sex work as an example of how anti-democratic backlashes against women’s rights can also be promoted by feminist actors
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Joana Lilli Hofstetter
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Faculty of Political and Social Sciences, Scuola Normale Superiore Florence

Joana is also a member of the Center on Social Movement Studies (Cosmos).

As part of the ECSEuro project she currently carries out research on the enactment of citizenship and solidarity in grassroots initiatives in Europe.

She holds a PhD in Political Science and Sociology from the Scuola Normale Superiore, with a dissertation on the collective self-organisation of sex workers and prostitution politics in Germany.

Joana is also co-founder and board member of the German Association for Sex Work and Prostitution Research.

Her key areas of research are social movements organising at the intersection of gender, sexuality and labour, as well as feminist theories, participatory methodologies, and research ethics.

She tweets @JoanaHofstetter

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