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Troubling Gender Equality: Revisiting Gender Equality Work in the Famous Nordic Model Countries
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of applied educational science.
2016 (English)In: Education as Change, ISSN 1682-3206, E-ISSN 1947-9417, Vol. 20, no 1, 10-27 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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This article concerns gender equality work, that is, those educational and workplace activities that involve the promotion of gender equality. It is based on research conducted in Sweden and Finland, and focuses on the period during which the public sector has become more market-oriented and project-based all over the Nordic countries. The consequences of this development on gender equality work have not yet been thoroughly analysed. Our joint empirical analysis is based on discourse-analytic methodology and two previous empirical studies. By analysing interviews conducted with people involved in gender equality work, this article emphasises the effects of market-oriented and project-based gender equality work in education and working life in Sweden and in Finland. The findings highlight an alliance between projectisation and heteronormativity that acts to regulate how gender equality ought to be talked about in order for its issues to be heard. A persistently constructed 'remedy' to 'the gender equality problem' is that girls and women are positioned as 'needing' to change more than boys and men, by adopting more traditionally 'masculine manners' and choosing to work in more 'masculine sectors'. The findings also show that the constitutive forces of these discourses provide little leeway for critical perspectives.

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2016. Vol. 20, no 1, 10-27 p.
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gender equality work, labour market interest, marketisation, projectisation, heteronormativity, bjectification
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124206DOI: 10.17159/1947-9417/2016/564ISI: 000378820900002OAI: diva2:950743
Available from: 2016-08-02 Created: 2016-07-28 Last updated: 2016-08-02Bibliographically approved

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