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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden$
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Lena Martinsson, Gabriele Griffin, and Katarina Giritli Nygren

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447325963

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.001.0001

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When feminism became gender equality and anti-racism turned into diversity management

When feminism became gender equality and anti-racism turned into diversity management

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(p.23) One When feminism became gender equality and anti-racism turned into diversity management
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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
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Paulina de los Reyes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0001

This chapter examines social mobilisations around feminist politics and antiracism deployed in a general context of neoliberal reforms in Sweden. It compares feminist collective mobilizations and networking during late 1900s with later antiracist mobilizations, and relates these to the transformation of stances against racism into diversity policies. In so doing the chapter argues for intersectional perspectives as a way out of the limitations of earlier theorizations about race and gender. It suggests that the radical potential of intersectional political strategies can be realised through a critical analysis that anchors issues of identity and subjectivity in a logic of capitalist exploitation. A conceptualization of capitalism that transcends its neoliberal form and instead also takes into account its historical constitution in the (post)colonial world is a necessary requirement for this.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, social mobilisation, feminist politics, antiracism, diversity policies

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