The Nordic countries have long been seen as pioneers in promoting gender equality. The book brings together scholars from the global South and post-socialist economies to reflect on Nordic approaches to gender equality. The contributors to the book seek to explore from a comparative perspective the vision, values, policies, mechanisms, coalitions of interests and political processes that help to explain Nordic achievements on gender equality. While some contributors explore the Nordic experience through the prism of their own realities, others explore their own realities through the Nordic prism. By cutting across normal geographical boundaries, disciplinary boundaries and the boundaries between theory and policy, this book will be of interest to all readers with an interest in furthering gender equality.
1. Introduction: Reversing the Gaze 2. The Transition to Mass Literacy: Comparative Insights from Sweden and Pakistan 3. Gender and the Family in Public Policy: A Comparative View of Argentina and Sweden 4. Maternalist Politics in Norway and the Islamic Republic of Iran 5. Challenging the Male Norm of Employment: Evidence from Sweden, Norway and Hungary 6. Sexual Politics and Social Policy: The Swedish Experience Reviewed 7. 'Women are Like Boats': Discourse, Policy and Collective Action in Sweden and India 8. Quotas and Interest Representation: South Africa and Sweden in Comparative Perspective 9. What’s in that Little Book?: The Nordic Roadmap Toward Evidence-Based Gender Policies in Africa 10. Institutionalizing Equality: How to Put Gender Issues at the Centre in Mexico and in Sweden 11. Don’t Disturb the Men: A Viable Gender Strategy? 12. Passion, Pragmatism and the Politics of Advocacy: The Nordic Experience through a 'Gender and Development' Lens