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Karlsson, Stefan
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Krekula, C., Karlsson, S., Engström, L.-G. & Grip, L. (2019). Communicating equality through policy documents: On legitimacy, double logic and stable translations. Gender, Work and Organization
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communicating equality through policy documents: On legitimacy, double logic and stable translations
2019 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article discusses gender mainstreaming (GMS) as a strategy to implement gender equality in public work organizations by analysing discourse in terms of the theoretical notions of translation and circulation in organizations to shed light on how gender equality and the mainstreaming strategy are formulated in the documents which govern the Swedish fire and rescue services. More specifically, it looks at how the goals regarding gender equality are circulated and translated. The results show that gender equality as a practice is created in the translation of national goals in terms of the local context and its specific gender equality challenges. Furthermore, the article discusses how vague formulations in the documents are stabilized through circulation between the government and the public agency in question. The results indicate the central role played by maintaining stable translations over time and the presence of a double logic of change in the processes, as well as the importance of legitimizing gender equality initiatives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Publishing Ltd, 2019
Keywords
fire and rescue services, gender equality, gender in organizations, gender mainstreaming, translation
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-73344 (URN)10.1111/gwao.12376 (DOI)2-s2.0-85067363594 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-07-02 Created: 2019-07-02 Last updated: 2019-08-27Bibliographically approved
Grip, L., Engström, L.-G., Krekula, C. & Karlsson, S. (2016). The woman as problem and solution: Analysis of a gender equality initiative within the Swedish Rescue Services. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 24(2), 95-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The woman as problem and solution: Analysis of a gender equality initiative within the Swedish Rescue Services
2016 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 95-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to study how problem definitions of gender equality affect the possible outcomes of gender equality initiatives. The Swedish Municipal Rescue Services were chosen as the empirical example because they offer a workplace where women are greatly under-represented despite years of gender equality efforts. The article analyses how reasoning around gender equality shapes and constructs problem formulations around gender and equality. This article contributes to the debate on the conditions of gender equality founded on gender equality definitions, and how this relates to the potential for change. The gender equality efforts within the Rescue Services are problematized based on Bacchi’s policy analysis model. We do so by analysing the applications attracted by a call for a gender equality initiative within the Municipal Rescue Services—A Fire Station for Everyone. The article argues that, to some extent, the problem definitions in this case undermine gender equality initiatives as they place women—whom they wish to recruit to the Rescue Services to make it more gender equal in a numerical sense—in a paradoxical position as both problem and solution. Nor do they problematize power issues. It is stated that the given problem descriptions do not leave a lot of room for change, but that the method used to analyse the problem descriptions can be an important tool for understanding why gender equality initiatives may struggle to achieve their intended objectives.

Keywords
Reform, working life, power, Swedish Rescue Services, policy analysis
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies; Human Geography; Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-42655 (URN)10.1080/08038740.2016.1165733 (DOI)000382733300003 ()
Projects
GeRd - den genuskodade räddningstjänsten
Funder
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, S. (2012). Inställning till den "nya" brandmannautbildningen SMO. In: Engström, Lars-Gunnar, Jakobsen, Liselotte & Krekula, Clary (Ed.), Jämställdhet, mångfald och svenska räddningstjänster: Om föreställningar och förändringsviljor (pp. 123-129). Karlstad: Karlstad University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Inställning till den "nya" brandmannautbildningen SMO
2012 (Swedish)In: Jämställdhet, mångfald och svenska räddningstjänster: Om föreställningar och förändringsviljor / [ed] Engström, Lars-Gunnar, Jakobsen, Liselotte & Krekula, Clary, Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2012, p. 123-129Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2012
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30090 (URN)978-91-86637-11-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2015-12-28Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, S. & Krekula, C. (2012). Maskulinitet, homosocialitet och (il)legitima ojämlikheter: Om förutsättningar för jämställdhet i de kommunala räddningstjänsterna. In: Engström, Lars-Gunnar, Jakobsen, Liselotte & Krekula, Clary (Ed.), Jämställdhet, mångfald och svenska räddningstjänster: Om föreställningar och förändringsviljor (pp. 141-147). Karlstad: Karlstad University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Maskulinitet, homosocialitet och (il)legitima ojämlikheter: Om förutsättningar för jämställdhet i de kommunala räddningstjänsterna
2012 (Swedish)In: Jämställdhet, mångfald och svenska räddningstjänster: Om föreställningar och förändringsviljor / [ed] Engström, Lars-Gunnar, Jakobsen, Liselotte & Krekula, Clary, Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2012, p. 141-147Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University Press, 2012
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-30091 (URN)978-91-86637-11-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-11-21 Created: 2013-11-21 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Schüllerqvist, B. & Karlsson, S. (2011). Samhällsbegreppet och samhällskunskapsämnet.: Bidrag till den tredje nationella konferensen i samhällskunskapsdidaktik, Umeå Universitet 14-15 mars 2011. +. In: : . Paper presented at Tredje nationella konferensen i samhällskunskapsdidaktik, Umeå Universitet 14-15 mars 2011..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samhällsbegreppet och samhällskunskapsämnet.: Bidrag till den tredje nationella konferensen i samhällskunskapsdidaktik, Umeå Universitet 14-15 mars 2011. +
2011 (Swedish)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-13022 (URN)
Conference
Tredje nationella konferensen i samhällskunskapsdidaktik, Umeå Universitet 14-15 mars 2011.
Available from: 2012-04-18 Created: 2012-04-18 Last updated: 2013-11-18Bibliographically approved
Karlsson, S. (2006). Att känna likhet gör stor skillnad: En teoretisk studie av emotioner och homosocialiet. Paper presented at Nordiska Sociologförbundets konferens, Åbo. Paper presented at Nordiska Sociologförbundets konferens, Åbo.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att känna likhet gör stor skillnad: En teoretisk studie av emotioner och homosocialiet
2006 (Swedish)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-17132 (URN)
Conference
Nordiska Sociologförbundets konferens, Åbo
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21
Karlsson, S. (2005). Nödvändighetens väg: Världsbildande gränsarbete i skildringar av informationssamhället. (Doctoral dissertation). Karlstad: Karlstad University Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Nödvändighetens väg: Världsbildande gränsarbete i skildringar av informationssamhället
2005 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

This dissertation aims at describing the worldview and the ontological boundary work that descriptions of the information society presuppose as well as understanding how these relate to technocratic descriptions of the world.

The theoretical point of origin of this work is that worldviews are communicated, and that when this transpires, three worlds are related to (the objective, the social, and the subjective) which contain ideological components that make them plausible.

The material that has been studied is public documents from 1994 2004. These materials have been analysed with the help of text analysis, where a reconstruction of the ideological components of the worldview is the objective.

The results of the analysis show that these descriptions, first of all, presuppose an objective world where an ontological boundary between technology and values is drawn. Technology is driven by one form of logic and values are driven by another. Technology does not in itself contain values, but when put to use, only certain types of value can be created. The subsequent theoretical consequences are that these values (for instance effectiveness) are presented as objective, independent of value conflicts in society.

Second, the analysis shows that descriptions partly presuppose a social world that is divided into a normative centre and a normative periphery, and partly a historicist description of historical development. These two ideological components provide a logical consequence, that in the social world, identifiable groups who live according to lifestyle patterns of the future can already be found today.

Third, results show that descriptions presuppose a subjective world that is possible to change and direct. Man is to be made responsive to certain aspects of his existence and unresponsive toward others. This requires causing him to be responsive to change and unresponsive to that which hinders change. The logical consequences become a description of a system integrated information society where the individual is to adapt himself to changes on the system level.

All in all, the three results of the study show that the world view which the descriptions presuppose have clear elements of technocracy and the art of social engineering.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstad University Studies, 2005
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-21944 (URN)9185335541 (ISBN)
Note

Distrubution: Kontakta författaren: stefan.karlsson@kau.se

Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-21
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