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In the business of gendered violence: the private shelter discourse in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Sweden.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0172-2609
2023 (English)In: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

For-profit companies have begun competing with women’s shelters for ‘clients’ trying to escape violence. Using discourse theory, this study examines how 20 private shelters describe their business. The analysis shows that private shelters describe themselves as: (1) having a broad expertise and target group: (2) being able to tend to the individual needs of any client; and (3) being highly available and flexible. We understand this as an expression of a neoliberal market discourse and as a way to differentiate themselves from women’s shelters. This may put pressure on women’s shelters to provide similar ‘inclusion’, availability and flexibility. Furthermore: (4) private shelters contribute to shaping a desirable neoliberal subject, that is, a self-reliant woman; and (5), by articulating needs as individual and inherently mundane, they lean more towards ‘providing accommodation’ than addressing the particularities of (gendered) violence.

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Bristol University Press , 2023.
Keywords [en]
private shelters, women’s shelters, privatisation, neoliberalism, gendered violence
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Gender Studies Social Anthropology Business Administration
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gender studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-209057DOI: 10.1332/204986021x16826760140926ISI: 001006544200001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-209057DiVA, id: diva2:1762784
Available from: 2023-06-05 Created: 2023-06-05 Last updated: 2024-05-06

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