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A Nordic model of gender equality? Introduction

Kari Melby, Anna-Birte Ravn and Christina Carlsson Wetterberg

in Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424655.003.0001
A Nordic model of gender equality? Introduction

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This book aims to analyse the meanings of gender that underpin policies for the achievement of gender equality in the Scandinavian welfare states, i.e. Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The analysis takes its point of departure from a period when gender-equality policies were formulated for the first time. Part One of the book describes the notion of the Scandinavian welfare states as ‘woman-friendly’ through historical and contemporary comparative analyses. Part Two deals with contemporary challenges to gender-equality policies raised by recent developments in Scandinavia. The Nordic model stands out for its emphasis on employment and the ‘defamilialisation’ of responsibility for providing welfare. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is presented.

Keywords: gender equality; Denmark; Norway; Sweden; Scandinavia; Nordic model; welfare

Chapter.  11427 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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