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How is the myth of Swedish gender equality upheld outside Sweden?: A case study.
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000 0002 7946 7185
2016 (English)In: Challenging the myth of gender equality in Sweden / [ed] Lena Martinsson, Gabriele Griffin and Katarina Giritly Nygren, Bristol: Policy Press, 2016, 1, 117-136 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The chapter discusses the myth of Sweden as the most gender equal country in the world, seen from point of view of negative images projected onto Sweden in mainstream media in neighbouring country Denmark, which in some respects may stand in for more general international trends. Via two case studies, Danish media debates on the ’gender-neutral’ pedagogy of the kindergarden, Egalia, in Stockholm, and the Danish debates following in the wake of Swedish-Iranian journalist and poet Athena Farrokzhad’s review of Danish-Palestinian poet Yahya Hassan’s poetry collection in the Swedish newspaper, Aftonbladet, the chapter pinpoints how Sweden is rendered as fundamentalist, but also exceptional in terms of  the way in which issues of equality, gender, race, feminism and anti-racism are taken into account in the country. Against the background of the analysis, the chapter claims that it is important to unpack  these debunking and  anti-Swedish discourses on Swedish  ’equality fundamentalism’, produced outside of Sweden, among others because they contribute to confirm the myth of Sweden as exceptionally  (gender) equal, glossing over actual inequalities in Sweden.  

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Bristol: Policy Press, 2016, 1. 117-136 p.
Keyword [sv]
Jämlikhet, Könsroller, Sverige
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-126040ISBN: 978-1-4473-2596-3OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-126040DiVA: diva2:911410
Available from: 2016-03-11 Created: 2016-03-11 Last updated: 2016-03-31

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