Family policy in the age of neoliberalism

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:
Family policy in the age of neoliberalism

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This chapter covers the period from the 1980s until the new millennium. This was a period marked by the complex interplay of deregulation of the Swedish model during the 1980s, a deep economic crisis in the early 1990s, and the development of gender equality as a policy field, also embracing family policy. Gender-equality policy as well as family policy came under heavy criticism in the 1980s. The main critics were feminists, who challenged dominant beliefs about gender equality, caring responsibilities, and men's roles in the family. This transformation in the interpretation of gender relations coincided with the development of neoliberalism, embedded in a Swedish context and called circumscribed neoliberalism by some researchers.

Keywords: Sweden; economic crisis; gender equality; family policy; feminists; neoliberalism

Chapter.  10647 words. 

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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