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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden

Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden

Lena Martinsson, Gabriele Griffin, Katarina Giritli Nygren (dir.), Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden, Bristol, Policy Press, coll. « Gender studies / sociology », 2016, 222 p., ISBN : 9781565812314.
Notice publiée le 09 janvier 2017

Présentation de l'éditeur

Sweden is often considered one of the most gender-equal countries in the world and held up as a model to follow, but the reality is more complex. This is the first book to explode the myth of Swedish gender equality, both offering a new perspective for an international audience, and suggesting how equality might be rethought more generally.

While the authors argue that the gender-equality mantra in Sweden has led to a society with increased opportunities for some, they also assert that the dominant norm of gender equality has become nationalistic and builds upon heteronormative and racial principles. Examining the changing meanings and parameters of gender equality against the country's social-democratic tradition and in the light of contemporary neoliberal ideologies, the book constitutes an urgent contribution to the debates about gender-equality policies and politics.

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Lena Martinsson (dir.)

Lena Martinsson is Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Gothenburg. Her research interests are intersectional, queer and postcolonial studies in relation to norms on gender equality and diversity.

Gabriele Griffin (dir.)

Gabriele Griffin is Professor of Women’s Studies at the University of York, UK. Her research interests centre on Women’s Studies as a discipline and on women’s cultural production, in particular theatre.

Katarina Giritli Nygren (dir.)

Katarina Giritli Nygren is Associate Professor in Sociology, at the Mid Sweden University. Her current research deals with normalization in different contexts.

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