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(Re)assembling the ‘Normal’ in Neoliberal Policy Discourses: Tracing Gender Relations in the Age of Risk
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Normalization and the neoliberal welfare state)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5337-3287
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. (Normalization and the neoliberal welfare state)
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Humanities. (Normalization and the neoliberal welfare state)
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Social Research, ISSN 1892-2783, E-ISSN 1892-2783, Vol. 6, 24-43 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to explore through a reading of an official Swedish policy document what questions and challenges such a document poses for feminist theory by the way the 'normal' is (re)assembled in accordance with what others have called the risk politics of advanced liberalism. The intensified focus on risk in neoliberalism has seen responsibility move from the state to individuals, and old divisions between society and market as well as between civil society and state are being refigured. The argument put forward here is that current modes of governance tend to neglect the complexities of present-day life courses when using a gender-'neutral' approach to social policy that is in fact the work of a gender regime.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 6, 24-43 p.
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26625DOI: 10.15845/njsr.v6i0.605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-26625DiVA: diva2:885102
Projects
Normalization and the neoliberalwelfare state
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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