Originally published in 2004. Nordic Equality at a Crossroads makes a major contribution to the debates on equality and difference in contemporary Europe. In this absorbing work, feminist legal scholars from four Nordic countries provide a critical account of the latest legal policies in these countries linked with gender (in)equality, such as public financing of children's homecare, regulation of the labour market towards substantive equality, and the reforms concerning violence against women. These issues are matters of concern everywhere in Europe, and the solutions adopted in the Nordic countries will be of interest to all policy-makers. The increasing multiculturalism and the shift toward greater market orientation, however, have challenged the traditional Nordic equality policies. The authors argue that a structural and contextual analysis of inequality, also in the field of law, is necessary to encounter the challenge of pluralism.
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Contents: Introduction: Nordic feminist legal studies at a crossroads, Eva-Maria Svensson, Anu Pylkkänen and Johanna Niemi-Kiesiläinen; Contemporary challenges in Nordic feminist legal studies, Eva-Maria Svensson and Anu Pylkkänen; Gender, bargaining strategies and strikes in Sweden, Susanne Fransson and Christer Thörnqvist; Promoting equality in the workplace: legislative intent and reality, Karoliina Ahtela; Care and social rights in Norway, Hege Brœkhus; The Norwegian home care allowance, Kristine Helen Korsnes; Economic dependence and self-support in family, tax and social law, Åsa Gunnarsson, Monica Burman and Lena Wennberg; The reform of sex crime law and the gender-neutral subject, Johanna Niemi-Kiesiläinen; On the limits of the concept of equality: arguments for a dynamic reading, Kevät Nousiainen; Equality through human rights: Nordic and international feminist perspectives on rights, Sari Kouvo; Bringing difference into the classroom: cross-cultural experiences in teaching, Hanne Petersen; Index.