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In the business of feminism: consultants as Sweden’s new gender-equality workers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Political Science. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2400-9144
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Politics and Gender, ISSN 2515-1088, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 75-92Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Gender-equality work in Sweden is increasingly carried out by private consultancy firms. In this article, we explore the rationalities that govern Swedish market-based gender-equality policy through an analysis of the subject positions that are made available to gender-equality consultants. The article is an adapted version of our published work in Swedish. We analyse what types of agency these positions enable and preclude, as well as how they shape the meaning of gender equality and the content of gender-equality work. While market logics constrain the space for critical analysis and cause gender equality to be subordinated to other goals, consultants nevertheless find ways to resist these tendencies in pursuit of transformative change.

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2019. Vol. 2, no 1, p. 75-92
Keywords [en]
Consultants, Gender equality, Governmentality, Market governance, Public policy, Sweden
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Gender Studies
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political science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-162781DOI: 10.1332/251510819X15471289106103OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-162781DiVA, id: diva2:1346480
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Swedish Research CouncilAvailable from: 2019-08-28 Created: 2019-08-28 Last updated: 2019-10-08Bibliographically approved

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