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Hemmafru hemma [A housewife “at home”]: Återvändande migrantkvinnors möte med svenska jämställdhetsnormer i politik och praktik [Returning migrant women’s encounters of Swedish gender equality in policy and in practice]
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6560-5957
2018 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 55, no 2-3, p. 389-414Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A housewife “at home”. Returning migrant women’s encounters of Swedish gender equality in policy and in practice

This article discusses the experiences of Swedish migrant women who are returning to Sweden after having lived abroad for a period of their lives. Most of them have been situated outside the formal labour market during their time abroad and been occupied with family related work. The aim of this article is to analyse how political ideals formulated around work, gender equality and income redistribution, encounter the constructions of Swedishness, gender and heterosexuality in these women’s stories. When living abroad, the women were provided for by their husbands. Yet, their positions as “trailing spouses” had had severe impact on their opportunities for reintegration into the labour market as well as for their future – or current – pensions. The article discusses the political and sociological consequences of women’s economic dependence, primarily in terms of welfare state distribution and pensions by asking: In what ways are returning migrant women situated in-between a global labour market and the Swedish welfare system in relation to migration, gender and gender equality?

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Sveriges Sociologförbund , 2018. Vol. 55, no 2-3, p. 389-414
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Return migration, gender equality, dual earner model, pension, national identity
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150055ISI: 000437926900014OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-150055DiVA, id: diva2:1237396
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Swedish Research Council, 421-2013-900Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2018-08-24

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