A New Service Class in the Public Sector? The Role of Femonationalism in Unemployment Policies

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title A New Service Class in the Public Sector? The Role of Femonationalism in Unemployment Policies
Author Mulinari, Paula
Date 2018
English abstract
This article aims to explore the content embedded in the figuration of ‘foreign-born unemployed women’ and how discourses of gender equality are used to create an emerging racialised service class within the Swedish public sector. Influenced by the concept of femonationalism, the article explores how the introduction of the Extra Services unemployment reforms facilitates the creation of a service class whose purpose is to make it possible for the regular workforce to continue to function despite cutbacks and the neoliberal management of professional care work in the public sector. The study identifies a shift in the discourse, where, while migrant women continue to be represented as victims in public discourses concerning unemployment, they are also represented as being lazy and unwilling to work, qualities that legitimate the need for more repressive interventions towards the group, often described as feminist interventions that will rescue migrant women and their children.
DOI https://doi.org/10.17645/si.v6i4.1575 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://www.cogitatiopress.com/socialinclusion/art... (external link to publication)
Link http://doi.org/10.17645/si.v6i4.1575 .Icon
Publisher Cogitatio Press
Host/Issue Social Inclusion;4
Volume 6
ISSN 2183-2803
Pages 12
Page 36-47
Language eng (iso)
Subject femonationalim
gender equality
labour market
migrant women
unemployment
Sweden
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/26891 Permalink to this page
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