Who is at issue - what is at stake?:Intersectionality in Danish and Norweigan gender equality policies

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Who is at issue - what is at stake?:Intersectionality in Danish and Norweigan gender equality policies

  • Comparative Analysis
  • Ligestillingspolitik
  • Politisk Intersektionalitet
  • Dansk-Norsk
  • Komparation
  • Political Intersectionality
  • Danish-Norwegian
  • Policies Of Gender Equality


Borchorst-Teigen Who is at issue - what is at stake? Intersectionality in Danish and Norwegian gender equality policies by Anette Borchorst Department of History, International and Social Studies Aalborg University Fibigerstraede 2 9220 Aalborg East Denmark Email: [email protected] Mari Teigen Institute for Social Research (ISF) Box 3233 Elisenberg 0208 Oslo Norway Email: [email protected] Presented at ECPR Joint Session of Workshops, Lisbon, 14-19 April 2009 Workshop 14, Institutionalising Intersectionality Do not quote without permission from the authors 2 Introduction The Scandinavian welfare states have often been labelled woman-friendly, but during later years, a recurrent issue has been, whether Scandinavian policies of gender equality have been designed for white middle class women, and whether diversity between women has been ignored (Mulinari, 2008; Borchorst & Siim, 2008). We address this issue by applying an intersectionality approach to the study of policies of gender equality in Denmark and Norway. We focus on which groups are in focus of these policies, and to which extent the policies are based on a gender only approach; how inequalities are addressed and which means and instruments are proposed by governments. Our focus is accordingly political intersectionality at a macro level. The paper presents the very first and preliminary results from our common research project on political intersectionality in Denmark and Norway. We are interested in how policy objectives and policy logics relate to different dimensions of differentiation such as gender, class, ethnicity, generation and sexual orientation, and we analyse welfare policies, family policies, and policies of integration and of gender equality. The choice of gender equality policies as our starting point is motivated by the fact that both of us have work

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