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ERIC Number: EJ1121924
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1682-3206
Troubling Gender Equality: Revisiting Gender Equality Work in the Famous Nordic Model Countries
Edström, Charlotta; Brunila, Kristiina
Education as Change, v20 n1 p10-27 2016
This article concerns gender equality work, that is, those educational and workplace activities that involve the promotion of gender equality. It is based on research conducted in Sweden and Finland, and focuses on the period during which the public sector has become more market-oriented and project-based all over the Nordic countries. The consequences of this development on gender equality work have not yet been thoroughly analysed. Our joint empirical analysis is based on discourse-analytic methodology and two previous empirical studies. By analysing interviews conducted with people involved in gender equality work, this article emphasises the effects of market-oriented and project-based gender equality work in education and working life in Sweden and in Finland. The findings highlight an alliance between projectisation and heteronormativity that acts to regulate how gender equality ought to be talked about in order for its issues to be heard. A persistently constructed "remedy" to "the gender equality problem" is that girls and women are positioned as "needing" to change more than boys and men, by adopting more traditionally "masculine manners" and choosing to work in more "masculine sectors". The findings also show that the constitutive forces of these discourses provide little leeway for critical perspectives.
Education as Change. The Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, Faculty of Education, University of Johannesburg, PO Box 524, Auckland Park, Johannesburg 2000, South Africa. Tel: +27-11-5591148; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; Sweden
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