Family policy between science and politics

Åsa Lundqvist

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:
Family policy between science and politics

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This chapter examines the arguments behind social- and family-policy proposals between 1930 and 1970. The meaning and understanding of gender behind the expansion of Swedish family politics between 1930 and 1970 are discussed. The first phase includes the period between 1930 and the early 1940s, a time when ‘a brand new family’ was introduced as a core theme and discourse by politicians. During the second phase, between 1940 to 1960, family policy as a field was stabilised. The third phase was dominated by a shift in discourse and political praxis, moving beyond a family policy mainly directed at women/mothers towards a policy and discourse embracing a gender-neutral ideal. The analysis of the development of family policy must include the development of the labour market, social-policy reforms, the interplay between social organisations and the state, and the role of social-science expertise.

Keywords: family policy; gender; Swedish family politics; labour market; social policy; social organisations; social science

Chapter.  6522 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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