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What Price Equality? The Academic Cost of Government Supervised Gender Mainstreaming at Swedish Universities

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Department of Philosophy, Lund University, 22100 Lund, Sweden
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School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, 40530 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Societies 2020, 10(4), 87; https://doi.org/10.3390/soc10040087
Received: 30 August 2020 / Revised: 28 October 2020 / Accepted: 29 October 2020 / Published: 16 November 2020
This article is focused on gender mainstreaming at Swedish universities in the period from 2016–2019. Our research questions are: (a) In what form was gender mainstreaming introduced and did the form itself affect scholar’s academic rights? (b) Was the process in question compatible with international standards of institutional autonomy? (c) What effect did gender mainstreaming have on scholars’ ability to exercise their academic rights in accordance with international standards? Using the UNESCO Recommendations Concerning the Status of Higher-education Teaching Personnel (1997) as our international standard, we conclude that gender mainstreaming was introduced as a form of identity politics though government action and de facto supervision; that the latter was problematic from the perspective of institutional autonomy; that the choice of gender studies as a preferred scientific framework for university policy had a chilling effect on inquiry and free speech in other areas of research; and, finally, that gender mainstreaming led to violations of some scholars’ individual rights. The findings may be taken into account in evaluations of the outcome of gender mainstreaming at Swedish universities, all things considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender mainstreaming; academic freedom; Lehrfreiheit; university autonomy; identity politics; Sweden; higher education; UNESCO gender mainstreaming; academic freedom; Lehrfreiheit; university autonomy; identity politics; Sweden; higher education; UNESCO
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Olsson, E.J.; Sörensen, J.S. What Price Equality? The Academic Cost of Government Supervised Gender Mainstreaming at Swedish Universities. Societies 2020, 10, 87.

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Olsson EJ, Sörensen JS. What Price Equality? The Academic Cost of Government Supervised Gender Mainstreaming at Swedish Universities. Societies. 2020; 10(4):87.

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Olsson, Erik J.; Sörensen, Jens S. 2020. "What Price Equality? The Academic Cost of Government Supervised Gender Mainstreaming at Swedish Universities" Societies 10, no. 4: 87.

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