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Austerity, Women and the Role of the StateLived Experiences of the Crisis$
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Vicki Dabrowski

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529210521

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529210521.001.0001

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Conclusion: The State Women are Now In

Conclusion: The State Women are Now In

(p.155) Conclusion: The State Women are Now In
Austerity, Women and the Role of the State

Vicki Dabrowski

Policy Press

The concluding chapter reviews the central themes from this book and discusses their implications for the role of the state in continuing to reproduce and legitimize gendered state violence. It mentions the symbiotic relationship between austerity as a gendered state project and its gendered social effects. The chapter also recounts the multiple ways in which austerity is produced and legitimized by the state, and situated austerity within its historical context. It then recalls the interviews and group discussions with 61 women from diverse backgrounds in Leeds, London and Brighton during 2014 and 2015 and how austerity was experienced and articulated in their everyday lives. These discussions thus raise speculative questions about the human complexity of the imposition of austerity and the long-term political and social consequences of creating a generation which has been led to suppose that austerity is somehow essential.

Keywords:   gendered state violence, gendered state project, austerity, gendered social effects, human complexity, generation, women

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