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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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How is the myth of Swedish gender equality upheld outside Sweden? A case study

How is the myth of Swedish gender equality upheld outside Sweden? A case study

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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
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Nina Lykke

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0005

This chapter considers the perception of Swedish gender equality from the perspective of neighbouring Denmark as a lens for the discussion. Drawing on two public debates in the Danish media about Sweden – one on the Stockholm kindergarten Egalia which treats children gender-neutrally, the other on a book by a migrant writer attacked for washing his community’s ‘dirty linen’ in public – the chapter analyses how and why the Swedish equality model is simultaneously celebrated and derided in Denmark.

Keywords:   egalia, denmark, sweden

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