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Gender equality in the name of the state: state feminism or femonationalism in civic orientation for newly arrived migrants in Sweden?
Department of Swedish, Multilingualism, Language Technology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7328-2112
Department of Swedish, Multilingualism, Language Technology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7237-5501
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4008-0749
Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (SWE).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2770-0459
2023 (English)In: Critical Discourse Studies, ISSN 1740-5904, E-ISSN 1740-5912Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article contributes to ongoing discussions in the social sciences about how to interpret the incorporation of gender equality into integration policies–is it a form of state feminism or femonationalism? Drawing upon intersectionality, we analyse how gender equality is presented, discussed and negotiated in relation to ethnicity and nationality in Sweden. Methodologically, we employ a bifocal lens that combines (1) a quantitative investigation of representations of civic orientation programmes in Swedish policy documents and mainstream media, and (2) a qualitative analysis of ethnographic data collected in six civic orientation courses–three in English and three in Arabic–in three large municipalities. Such a two-pronged approach, which connects policy and media discourses with interactions in civic orientation classes, offers a granular picture of the complex and often ambivalent intersections of ethnicity and gender in relation to migration in Sweden. Ultimately, the co-optation of feminist values brings with it the risk of warping feminism into a trait of national/ethnic distinctiveness. Crucially, femonationalism is not the prerogative of far-right parties but is already becoming institutionalised, informing both mainstream media and educational practices in a feminist state like Sweden

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2023.
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femonationalism; Intersectionality; migration; state feminism; Sweden
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Gender Studies International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-20694DOI: 10.1080/17405904.2023.2228933ISI: 001015982900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85163560502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-20694DiVA, id: diva2:1823030
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Swedish Research Council, 2018-04091
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