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Transforming Gender and Family Relations

How Active Labour Market Policies Shaped the Dual Earner Model

Åsa Lundqvist

This book is about how the activation of women into paid work was accomplished. It looks at the ideational grounds and the concrete measures that created the conditions for increasing the employment ratio of women, and thus also a farewell to male breadwinning.
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Chapter 6: The activation inspector

How Active Labour Market Policies Shaped the Dual Earner Model

Åsa Lundqvist

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The AMS introduced a new position in 1965, the activation inspector. The activation inspector was meant to reinforce local activation efforts by conducting local studies and coordinating established training and education initiatives; that is, the inspector was meant to carve out local solutions that would facilitate women’s entry to the labour market. In this last empirical chapter, former activation inspectors’ experiences of the activation project are the point of departure. The chapter begins with a presentation of the advent of the position itself: its goal and mission. This section is followed by an analysis of the concrete activation measures implemented by the inspectors, with special emphasis on the many inventive activities introduced at the time. The chapter also addresses how the activation inspector worked with gender equality issues and whether or not we can conceptualize activation inspectors as a generation of early state feminists.

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