Mapping, evaluating and formulating modern family life

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:
Mapping, evaluating and formulating modern family life

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This chapter deals with the period between 1930 and 1940, a time when the family became an increasingly important reform object in Sweden. The period marks the beginning of the development of modern family policy, framed at the time as population policy. The dominant discourse stressed the functions of the nuclear family as a source of stability in the volatility that followed industrialisation. The model of the ‘new family’ was at the same time clearly influenced by ideas of equality. Several reforms were enacted in order to reduce widespread poverty and in an attempt to halt decreasing fertility levels, although it was only women who were targeted in family and social-policy reforms. At the same time, discussions on eugenics emerged, which were followed by legislation on sterilisation.

Keywords: family policy; fertility rates; Sweden; social policy; eugenics

Chapter.  8213 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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