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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden$
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Lena Martinsson, Gabriele Griffin, and Katarina Giritli Nygren

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325963

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.001.0001

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Introduction: challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden

Introduction: challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden

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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
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Lena Martinsson

Gabriele Griffin

Katarina Giritli Nygren

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0010

The introduction shows how the notion of Sweden as the most gender-equal nation in the world has been reinforced by the close imbrication of gender equality in Swedish state and party politics, as well as by inter/national statistics that produce specific visions of Sweden. We problematize those visions by highlighting six key issues that permeate the contributions to this volume: the nationalist dimensions of Swedish gender equality; its modernist assumptions of steady, linear progress; its implicit normativities; its heteronormative and racist undertones; its appropriation within neoliberalism; and its strained relations to feminism.

Keywords:   equality, normativities, nationalism

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