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Responsible Selves

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ISBN13: 9780754621607
ISBN: 075462160X
Published: February 2002
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Ltd
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print



In the Nordic countries women are considered equal to men. Advanced social and economic rights are often given as the explanation for the equality. In this volume, Nordic feminist legal scholars give a more contradictory image of gender equality. The gendered construction of the legal subject and the legal understanding of gender have a two-pronged potential, both to change and to reproduce gender relations. Nordic women have been considered responsible for upholding the gendered social system - as ""responsible selves"" rather than as individuals engaged in rights discourse. The authors claim, with examples, that the belief in equality has made certain discriminative practices difficult to recognize and conceptualize. Also a transformation of the social welfare system puts the collective equality policies to the test.

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Contents:
Introductory remarks on Nordic law and gender identities, Kevat Nousiainen, Johanna Niemi-Kiesilainen. Constructing equality and identity: transformative Nordic welfarism - liberal and communitarian trends in family and market law, Kevat Nousiainen; sex equality - changes in politics, jurisprudence and feminist legal studies, Eva-Maria Svensson; the responsible self - relational gender construction in the history of Finnish law, Anu Pylkkanen. Welfare and care: the changing position of the individual in Danish welfare law, Lisbet Christoffersen; from marriage contract to labour contrat - effects on care duties and care rights, Kirsten Ketscher; the autonomous taxpayer and the dependent caregiver - the effects of the division between tax law and social law, Asa Gunnarsson. Constructions of gender in labour law: collective and individual strategies - women's and men's wages, Sisanne Fransson; the enforcement of EU sex discrimination law in Scandanavia, Ruth Nielsen; doctors and nurses - the gendered right to practice, Lotta Wendel; the ECJ's conditional release of women, Karin Lundstrom. Integrity and its violations: criminal law or social policy as protection against violence, Johanna Niemi-Liesilainen; the ""good battered woman"" - a silent defendant, Minna Ruuskanen; the unbounded body of the law of rape - the intrusive criterion of non-consent, Ulrika Andersson; women's peace - a criminal reform in Sweden, Gunrun Nordborg, Johanna Niemi-Kiesilainen.