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Från pigjobb till hushållsnära tjänster - ett historiskt perspektiv
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2009 (Swedish)In: Arbetarhistoria : meddelande från Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, ISSN 0281-7446, Vol. 33, no 1-2, 21-28 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on waged domestic work in a Swedish, historical perspective. The aim is to look at how conceptions about gender, class and “race”/ethnicity have been reproduced in legislation and in the debate on domestic work and how this might have led to reproducing unequal divisions on the market for domestic services. An intersectional approach is used in order to discuss the consequences of the gendered, racialised and classed nature of domestic work. From this perspective the article focuses firstly on the actions taken by the Swedish state when a shortage of domestic workers occurred in the 1930’s. The second and main focus is on what has been called the “maid debate” which started in 1993. Here, the article focuses on discourses on gender, class and “race”/ethnicity in the Swedish parliament debate. With examples taken from the debate it is argued that the debate on paid domestic services mirrors unproblematized intersecting hierarchies of sex, class and “race”/ethnicity. Despite the fact that gender equality has been one of the most common arguments in the debate on tax reductions for domestic work it is shown that these intersecting power relations are still are being reproduced. Even though Sweden has a pioneer status when it comes to gender equality, one can see that when it comes to domestic work – there isn’t much that have changed in the view on who it is that should be cleaning for whom.

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Stockholm: Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek , 2009. Vol. 33, no 1-2, 21-28 p.
Keyword [sv]
Hembiträden, intersektionalitet, husligt arbete och invandrare
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-21758OAI: diva2:241629
Available from: 2009-10-05 Created: 2009-10-05 Last updated: 2009-10-06

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