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Två kön eller inget alls: politiska intentioner och vardagslivets realiteter i den arbetslivsinriktade rehabiliteringen
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2003 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation poses questions concerning the shaping of the welfare state and the implications of citizenship. Citizenship in democratic welfare states is based on the idea that everyone is of equal value. Who it is that constitutes the norm for "everyone" is examined in this analysis by applying feminist theory as a complement to more traditional political theories.

By following developments within an area of social insurance – vocational rehabilitation - from the 1940s until the year 2000, changes over the years in the norms and values of the welfare state become apparent, from a recognition of both gainful employment and household work to an almost total disavowal of unpaid work. This analysis shows that development of the welfare state can be very well explained by social liberal theory when citizenship based on a male norm constitutes the frame of reference. When feminist theory adds the private sphere, and the realities of everyday life are taken into consideration, citizenship is no longer equally accessible to both sexes.

In the Swedish welfare model, gainful employment is encouraged, and by using various incentives the state tries to induce women to take part in gainful employment to the same extent as men. This has not succeeded, which according to feminist theory is because the policy focuses only on citizens in the public sphere. According to liberal tradition, family life is a protected zone, implying that the division of work between spouses is something the state should not attempt to change. The realities of everyday life and political intentions end up in conflict, and as a consequence women cannot enjoy full citizenship to the same extent as men.

This dissertation demonstrates the importance of adding a gender perspective to critiques of the welfare state. Looking at the conditions of both men and women in both the private and public spheres poses new questions and also provides new answers to old questions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linköping: Linköpings universitet , 2003. , 174 p.
Series
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 312Studies from the Swedish Institute for Disability Research, ISSN 1650-1128 ; 9Linköping Dissertations on Health and Society, ISSN 1651-1646 ; 3
Keyword [en]
Vocational rehabilitation, social insurance, welfare state, citizenship, political theory, feminism
National Category
Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143127ISBN: 917373568X (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143127DiVA: diva2:1158728
Public defence
2003-01-31, Aulan, Hus 240, Campus US, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2017-11-21 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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