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Concluding remarks

Jenny Andersson

in Between Growth and Security

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780719074394
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701270 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074394.003.0007
Concluding remarks

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This chapter presents some concluding thoughts from the author. It suggests that a central point of change in Swedish social democratic thought is the gradual acceptance in party ideology of a group in Swedish society that is not productive and that constantly falls behind. The empirical observation of the existence of such a group, as happened in the 1960s, and the rhetorical construction of it in a political discourse drawing on descriptions such as ‘weak’, ‘handicapped’, and ‘those who can't cope’, are of course two interrelated things. The emergence of this group—and the gradual acceptance of its existence in social democratic discourse—is a major challenge to the logic of productive universalism. A group that cannot be presumed to participate on the same terms as others is a burden on the solidarity of others, and the question then is how to create space within notions of solidarity for such differences.

Keywords: Sweden; social democracy; productive universalism

Chapter.  3450 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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