miun.sePublications
Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The tension between gender equality and doing gender: Swedish couples’ talk about the division of housework
Umeå universitet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Swedish Agency for Public Management, Stockholm.
2018 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 68, p. 36-46Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden is considered as one of the most gender equal countries in the world and most Swedes claim to embrace gender equality. Yet, the majority of couples still organize their family lives according to traditional gendered patterns. This article aims to investigate how gender plays a role for how couples in Sweden talk about, articulate and frame their arguments regarding their division of housework. We identify three practices that act to support and reproduce a traditional gender order. These practices are: constructions of (un)suitability, placement of responsibility and comparison. Through these practices the couples’ uneven division of housework is made into something other than a question of gender (in)equality, and change of the present order is made into a non-issue. We argue that the tension between striving for gender equality on the one hand and doing gender on the other, characterizes everyday interaction in modern couples. Recognizing this complexity is important for understanding the slow changes in gendered and gendering patterns and for the slow movement towards greater gender equality. The analysis brings the complex, interwoven and contradictory processes of doing gender to the fore. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. Vol. 68, p. 36-46
Keyword [en]
Doing gender, Gender, Gender equality, Housework, Qualitative interviews, Swedish couples
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33502DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2018.01.010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044648852OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-33502DiVA, id: diva2:1198096
Available from: 2018-04-16 Created: 2018-04-16 Last updated: 2018-04-16Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full textScopus

Authority records BETA

Reinikainen, Lasse

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Reinikainen, Lasse
By organisation
Department of Social Sciences
In the same journal
Women's Studies: International Forum
Gender Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf