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A Scandinavian feminist public sphere: discourses on feminism and gender equality

Christina Fiig

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/9781847424655.003.0012
A Scandinavian feminist public sphere: discourses on feminism and gender equality

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This chapter investigates the new feminist debate. It works as a reservoir of insights into Scandinavian discourses on feminism and gender equality. The new feminist debate voiced new discourses across Scandinavia. The chapter briefly describes the ‘key actors’ in the debate, that is, the young women who took part in the debate and whose experiences, narratives, and life stories form its basis. In addition, the discourses of rehabilitation, of public recognition, and of consciousness are explained. These discourses show how participants in the general public employ narratives and storytelling in order to identify with each other, as a means of politicising their situation, and as a consciousness-raising process. The study suggests that gender inequality is still a key issue in women's lives in Scandinavia among educated young women and feminists.

Keywords: feminism; gender equality; Scandinavian discourses; rehabilitation; public recognition; consciousness

Chapter.  6952 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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