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From Emancipation through Employment to Emancipation through Entrepreneurship: An Analysis of the Special Labor Market Initiatives (BRYT) and Tax Deduction for Domestic Services (RUT) in Sweden
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (TITAN- Kritiska studier av jämställdhet - att teoritisera politik och praktik)
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). (TITAN- Kritiska studier av jämställdhet - att teoritisera politik och praktik)
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 5, no 3, 41-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Debates on gender equality policy in Sweden assume that women’s labor market participation is central to gender equality and should be promoted via special initiatives and programs. This paper examines how gender equality discourses have changed over time, analyzing Swedish state labor market policy in the 1980s and 1990s, special labor market initiatives to eliminate gender segregation and encourage nontraditional gendered work choices, and contemporary state subsidies for paid domestic work (i.e., tax deduction for domestic services). Critically interpreting these reforms reveals consistencies and continuities in how labor market participation is viewed as the key promoter of gender equality, revealing transformations in how gender equality is understood and constructed. A transition is discernible from state-funded programs and reforms to governmental agencies/authorities and state subsidies to promote enterprise and the growth of specific labor market sectors.

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Roskilde Universitetsforlag, 2015. Vol. 5, no 3, 41-57 p.
Keyword [en]
gender equality, labor market, active labor market policy, domestic services, gender-segregated labor market
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Gender Studies History
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genusvetenskap
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-106667DOI: 10.19154/njwls.v5i3.4806ISI: 000365864700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-106667DiVA: diva2:843557
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TITAN- Kritiska studier av jämställdhet - att teoritisera politik och praktik
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Swedish Research Council, 2011-5475
Available from: 2015-07-29 Created: 2015-07-29 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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