Is There a Nordic Feminism? Nordic Feminist Thought on Culture and Society

Is There a Nordic Feminism? Nordic Feminist Thought on Culture and Society

Is There a Nordic Feminism? Nordic Feminist Thought on Culture and Society

Is There a Nordic Feminism? Nordic Feminist Thought on Culture and Society

Synopsis

The Nordic countries share a special cultural and political experience. This book presents an interdisciplinary perspective, covering the following areas: women's political strategies from different historical, national and text-orientated perspectives; questions of identity, rationality and subjectivity; and the organized production of social and cultural values. It attempts to understand and present internationally some of the complex changes in culture and society that concern women and feminists in the Nordic countries today.

Excerpt

The editors of this collection have performed a considerable service in introducing to an English-speaking readership the range of ideas and writing that represent Nordic feminism today. This task is long overdue. As will be apparent from the lists of references, such a body of work has been developing over a period of some years although, from the perspective of Britain, this endeavour has sometimes been obscured by the writings of French or American feminist scholars.

It would be wrong, of course, to present an over-unified impression of the writings from the range of countries, as well as the range of academic disciplines, represented in these pages. the question of the identity of Nordic feminist writings is addressed specifically in the concluding chapter. There are complex historical differences and interrelationships between the countries represented here as well as differences within each of the specific countries along ethnic, religious and regional lines. Nevertheless, some unifying themes do emerge. These include the development of a solid welfare state tradition within each country and the way in which this has established the parameters within which much subsequent political and social debate has been conducted. Linked to this has been a detailed and often profound exploration of the meaning of “care”, both formal and informal, going beyond the simple documentation of those in need of care or the needs of the carers. Finally, there has been the significant representation of women in many areas of public life in all the Nordic countries. This has led to a searching examination of the character of patriarchy and the extent to which it has been significantly altered by such developments, or merely modified.

These themes will be found in the chapters that follow. But the reader will also be impressed by the range of voices included here and the subjects covered. Some of the names, and certainly some of the topics, will be

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