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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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Rethinking gender equality and the Swedish welfare state: a view from outside

Rethinking gender equality and the Swedish welfare state: a view from outside

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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
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Gabriele Griffin

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0004

Despite its reputation as a highly gender-equal country with an exemplary welfare system, Sweden struggles with how to manage the effects of globalizing forces such as forced and voluntary migration. Drawing on Swedish popular culture and in particular two texts by Henning Mankell, as well as the theoretical writings of Arjan Appadurai, this chapter argues that fears both of small and large numbers of migrants structure the Swedish imaginary. Sweden here emerges as an embattled territory where such fears are met with a backlash against migrants that even voices sympathetic to their plight find difficult to contest effectively.

Keywords:   immigration in sweden, henning mankell, arjan appadurai

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