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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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Gender equality under threat? Exploring the paradoxes of an ethno-nationalist political party

Gender equality under threat? Exploring the paradoxes of an ethno-nationalist political party

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(p.137) Six Gender equality under threat? Exploring the paradoxes of an ethno-nationalist political party
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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
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Diana Mulinari

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0006

This chapter explores, in critical dialogue with feminist and postcolonial scholars, how the right-wing party, the Swedish Democrats, use notions of gender equality at the cross-roads between their defence of gender equality as a Swedish national trait and their criticism of feminism. The connection established here between gender equality and Swedish national belonging positions the issue of migration, racism and the right to belong at the core of societal and academic debates. Central to that analysis is the reading of public party documents in dialogue with narratives collected from women aligned with the Swedish Democrats. While the scholarship on this and similar parties has expanded, the role of gender in general and gender equality in particular for the racist articulation of their agenda has remained unexplored.

Keywords:   swedish democrats, gender equality, racism, feminism

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