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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 7: Activating women: aim, means and consequences

How Active Labour Market Policies Shaped the Dual Earner Model

Åsa Lundqvist

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This book focuses on how the activation of women into paid labour was accomplished and how it contributed to a farewell to male breadwinning and the transformation of gender relations in Sweden. The final chapter draws together the issues raised in earlier chapters and illustrates their relevance in contemporary debates on family, work and gender relations. It discusses how ideas, ideologies, measures and strategies transformed the lives of families in a short period of time. The chapter thus addresses a critical question: ‘What can be learned from the Swedish experience?’ It focuses on 1) persuasion as a means to full employment, 2) the role of gender equality in the activation project, and 3) the differences created between women who were activated. Above all it engages in a critical discussion on activation policies and the consequences for family and gender relations.

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