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The institutionalisation of the Swedish gender equality

The purpose of this research program is to create a historical overview of Sweden's democratic and political project of gender equality, a project that has developed over more than thirty years. As yet, we do not have such an outline - either in terms of a firm body of knowledge on the subject, that is, the activities, people involved, and means employed; or in terms of how equality is interpreted and implemented within various organisations.

This does not, of course, mean that we are totally ignorant on these subjects. There exist numerous studies on them; but these provide knowledge that is sporadic, selective, time-bound, and of very varied quality. This program will provide an overview of the politics and the institutionalisation of the field of gender equality, through assessment, analysis, and mapping. There is a manifest need of such an overview. Only if we possess such knowledge can we seriously set about studying the mechanisms that contribute to - or obstruct - the creation of a more just society. Such knowledge should, in it's turn, be of great utility.

Sweden is often identified as the world's most egalitarian nation, in terms of gender; a nation to which, as a result, other nations and women's organisations look for guidance in how best to attain such a position. Greater knowledge on the subject should serve the vital democratic interest by enabling a grounded discussion about what contributes, and what obstructs, the process towards gender equality.



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Kristina Abiala

Elisabeth Elgan, Stockholms universitet.

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Project start: 2010
Project end: 2012

Financier: Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Research linked to the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe: No

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