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Mellan klass och kön: En analys av det socialdemokratiska kvinnoförbundets aktionsprogram 1972 - 1993
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Cultural Sciences.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Between Class and Gender : An Alalysis of the Social Democratic Women's Association`s Programmes for Action 1972-1993 (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyse the conceptualisation of the social relations of class and gender within the Social Democratic Women’s Association during the period 1972 – 1993, on the basis of their programmes for action. The analysis of the concepts is based on an ideology critical study focusing on the manifest ideology.

The study is based upon the theoretical concepts of class and gender,  The class analysis is based upon the broadened concepts of class by Erik Olin Wright and Ira Katznelson. The gender analysis is mainly based upon a Marxist understanding and a critical point of view of Marxism and feminism in the context of patriarchy and capitalism.

The period of the study is where the social democracy is challenged, both by radical socialism and feminist ideology and the economic crisis during the 1980’s, as well as the possible threat of an organised women’s party in Sweden. It is also a period with major changes in the Swedish class structure, especially in the change when married women become a part of the female labour force rather than being housewives.

The results indicate that the use of the concepts of class and gender is mainly sparsely used. The concepts are often paraphrased in varied terms of social equality. Class is clearly more used, and more often implied, than gender. Gender policies are formed from a latent ideology to a more practically oriented policy, without any real progress concerning power and equality, when Sweden at the same time forms policies for gender equality, from which the women’s association could benefit, even though they may not have been the actors of this change. The analysis also indicates that some of the ideological changes within the women’s association are a result of both outside influences from more radical groups as well as ideological crises within the social democracy. In this struggle between class and gender the Social Democratic Women's Association positions itself in between.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 93 p.
Keyword [en]
Social democracy, class, gender politics, gender equality, women’s representation. Social Democratic Women’s Organisation.
Keyword [sv]
Socialdemokrati, Klass, Kön, könspolitik, jämlikhet, jämställdhet, kvinnopolitik, Socialdemokratiska kvinnoförbundet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-23023OAI: diva2:578263
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-01-02 Created: 2012-12-17 Last updated: 2013-01-02Bibliographically approved

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