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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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‘What should we do instead?’ Gender-equality projects and feminist critique

‘What should we do instead?’ Gender-equality projects and feminist critique

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(p.163) Seven ‘What should we do instead?’ Gender-equality projects and feminist critique
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Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden
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Angelika Sjöstedt Landén

Gunilla Olofsdotter

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447325963.003.0007

Sjöstedt Landén and Olofsdotter draw on their experiences of ethnographic research in gender mainstreaming projects in the public sector to discuss the conditions for feminist critique in gender equality projects in contemporary Sweden. Utilizing the notion of ideological fantasy, they explore how gender equality as an ideal is conceptualized in gender mainstreaming, showing that the concept of gender equality tends to ‘stick’ to or attach itself to certain ways of doing and being. To counteract this fantasy they suggest that we could think about gender mainstreaming as something that could give feminists hope – not in a way that makes us imagine that gender mainstreaming is going to offer solutions for a better world, but as a site for offering feminist critiques to a field of politics that has been described as depoliticised.

Keywords:   gender equality, gender mainstreaming, public sector, ideological fantasy, feminist critique

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