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The Unchallenging Method is a Good One: about Measures for gender Equality and Diversity in the Swedish Rescue Service
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication. (GeRd - den genuskodade räddningstjänsten)
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Social and Psychological Studies. (GeRd - den genuskodade räddningstjänsten)
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Gender equality in the Swedish Rescue Services has been a political directive since the 1990ies, but has led to few visible changes. The Swedish Rescue Service is still a male-dominated organization with a traditional focus on firefighting. The call for change is made with references to new economic realities, conceptualizations of risk, and directives for gender and ethnic equality. The overriding concern of this paper is discursive constructions of equality work in relation to political directives on increasing equal opportunities in the Swedish Rescue Services. Gender is treated as a prevailing power structure and as an integral part of organizational practices. The paper is based on a questionnaire about the practical work made on equality in the Swedish Rescue Service, answered by over 1000 persons working in the Swedish Rescue Service. The questionnaire contains a large amount of open comments, which is analyzed in this paper. The result shows that two thirds of the respondents have a mainly positive attitude towards gender equality in the Rescue Service, but that the measures for equality are considered as "wrong methods". Our analysis discusses that only methods that doesn’t challenge the present organization are considered as acceptable.

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Gender Studies
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-29460OAI: diva2:656099
Equality, growth and innovation - in theory and practice, Luleå University of Technology, 9-10 october 2013
GeRd - den genuskodade räddningstjänsten
Available from: 2013-10-15 Created: 2013-10-15 Last updated: 2013-12-04Bibliographically approved

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