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Kraftfulla bett eller tandlösa råd?: Om två svenska lärosätens arbete med jämställdhet samt etnisk och social mångfald.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2012 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, ISSN 1654-5443, no 1-2, 95-114 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Academia is demanded to design and undertake equality work within the organization. A common way of organizing this work is through committees with consultative assignment in relation to university principal and management board. The purpose of this article is to scrutinize meeting protocols from gender equality committees as well as from social and ethnic equality committees. Further more to analyze how these committeemembers, from a gender and organizational theory perspective, perceive the changing interventions. The main research questions are: are there differences between gender equality and social and ethnic committees or among the committee members´ experiences of the committee work? On what feministic assumptions do the intervention of change rely and do they create prerequisites for change of power relations and what the limitations are?

The data consists of interviews with 22 members within these committees and 80 meeting protocols during a period of four years, at two Swedish universities. The result show that the gender equality committees are more established compared to the committees of social and ethnic equality. Another result is that the activity within the committees to high degree consists of internal activities, such as information and discussions concerning their way of organizing their work. The external interventions of change are foremost of strategical or educational character. The committee members express uncertainty about the achievement of their work with changing interventions. These interventions are presumably of great importance but not designed in a comprehensive way. Hence these interventions probably do not challenge the power relations in an essential way, since they do not change the conditions and determining factors that are constructing and maintaining them in the first place.

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2012. no 1-2, 95-114 p.
Keyword [sv]
Jämställdhet, social och etnisk mångfald, kommittéarbete, förändringsarbete, akademin
National Category
Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-57800OAI: diva2:550090
Available from: 2012-09-06 Created: 2012-08-16 Last updated: 2013-06-18Bibliographically approved

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