Jon Binnie is Reader in Human Geography at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom. He has a BA in Geography from Durham University, and PhD from University College London for this thesis A Geography of Urban Desire: Sexual Culture and the City. He is the author of The Globalization of Sexuality (Sage) and co-author of The Sexual Citizen: Queer Politics and Beyond (Polity) and Pleasure Zones: Bodies, Cities, Spaces (Syracuse University Press). He is also co-editor of Cosmopolitan Urbanism (Routledge) and special issues of Environment and Planning A, Political Geography and Social and Cultural Geography. His research interests focus on the urban and transnational politics of sexualities. His current research projects both conducted with Christian Klesse are concerned with transnational LGBTQ activism in Central and Eastern Europe, and European queer film festivals as activism. He is currently working on a single-authored monograph A Research Agenda for Sexuality and Space for Edward Elgar and a further monograph with Christian Klesse on transnational LGBTQ activism for Manchester University Press.
Euroscepticism and the gender and sexual politics of neoliberalism
This paper examines the relationship between gender, sexuality, neoliberalism and the contemporary politics of the European Union. It considers debates on the gender and sexual politics of neoliberalism more broadly, before examining them in the context of the European Union. The paper articulates an intersectional approach to the study of the gender and sexual politics of Euroscepticism, arguing for the central importance of race and class. The discussion of these issues draws on recent struggles around ‘gender’, abortion and LGBT politics in Poland, and the gender and sexual politics of Brexit in the United Kingdom. The paper examines how the relationship between gender, sexuality, neoliberalism and Eurosceptism is configured within each national context. Furthermore, it attempts to theorise the connections between these different national contexts, and articulates a transnational comparative approach to Euroscepticism that recognises the importance of transnational flows and connections that shape struggles around gender and sexual politics within and between these different geographical contexts.