Introduction: understanding the political regulation of the family

Åsa Lundqvist

in Family policy paradoxes

Published by Policy Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424556
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302339 | DOI:
Introduction: understanding the political regulation of the family

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This book explores the political regulation of the family in Sweden. It examines the historical development of family policy and the ensuing institutionalisation of gender equality in that context. The analysis begins in the 1930s, when the family became an increasingly important reform object within the political sphere, and goes all the way to 2010, when family relations remain a key part of the interface between family policy, gender equality, and labour-market policy. This chapter introduces the complex and sometimes paradoxical relationship between ideologies and steering models in the development of family policy. A core feature of this development is the close relationship between policy making and social-science analysis of gender and family relations.

Keywords: gender equality; Sweden; woman-friendly state; feminists; family relations

Chapter.  9777 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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