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Collective agreement as investment in women in the Swedish Armed Forces: A critical discourse analysis
Försvarshögskolan, Institutionen för ledarskap och ledning, Avdelningen för ledarskap och ledning i Stockholm. Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Lund University, (SWE).ORCID-id: 0000-0001-5464-5259
2022 (engelsk)Inngår i: Journal of Gender Studies, ISSN 0958-9236, E-ISSN 1465-3869, Vol. 31, nr 3, s. 364-376Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

How organizations engage with gender equality is crucial to them being perceived as fair and attractive employers. As recruitment and training of personnel is a core function of the military organization, it is relevant to investigate this from a gender critical perspective. The aim was to critically examine how a military organization operates in respect of equality of pay between women and men by means of a collective agreement, as an example of how the organization tries to address gender inequality. A qualitative analysis using Bacchi's 'What is the problem represented to be' (2009) analysis of policy documents was conducted. The analysis focuses on how the actual issue is problematized and what is left unproblematised, and the key findings are that efforts to achieve gender equality within the Swedish Armed Forces are counterproductive and result in perpetuating deficiencies in the organization's work with wider gender-equality issues. Despite external pressures, there is a structural reluctance and inability within the Swedish Armed Forces to seriously engage with addressing the organization's gender-equality issues. As resistance to gender-equality work is usually implicit, this study's strongest contribution to the field is that such resistance can be identified as being explicit and therefore more easily challenged.

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2022. Vol. 31, nr 3, s. 364-376
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gender equality, equal pay, WPR, military
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-10745DOI: 10.1080/09589236.2022.2035213ISI: 000752993800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-10745DiVA, id: diva2:1639255
Tilgjengelig fra: 2022-02-21 Laget: 2022-02-21 Sist oppdatert: 2023-10-09bibliografisk kontrollert
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1. Gender (in)equality within the Swedish Armed Forces: Resistance and Functional Disinclination
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2023 (engelsk)Doktoravhandling, med artikler (Annet vitenskapelig)
Abstract [en]

Historically and traditionally, military work has been closely associated with men. However, the post-Cold War normalization process has brought about a transformation in both the Swedish Armed Forces themselves and the perception of the organization. Normative concerns, including gender equality, have gained significant prominence, compelling the armed forces to embark onvarious initiatives aimed at achieving a more gender-balanced structure. Despite the extensive profiling and efforts made by the Swedish Armed Forces (SAF) over the past decades, women currently make up only 11.9% of the military personnel.

This dissertation examines how (in)equality manifests itself in the military profession today, in view of the substantial changes that have occurred. The dissertation encompasses both the experiences of personnel and the actions of the organisation. By doing so, it sheds light on the gradual advancement of gender equality within the SAF, attributing this delay to resistance against change that becomes evident at the structural, organizational, and professional levels. This resistance is further explained through the concept of "functional disinclination," which emerges from the empirical studies presented in this dissertation.

Utilizing a range of data and methodologies, the dissertation collectively highlights an organizational incapacity to align with the normative demands set forth. The barriers to achieving gender equality are not merely reflective of resistance; they also form a recurring pattern that impedes the implementation of normative changes

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Lund: Division of Risk Management and Societal Safety, Faculty of Engineering, Lund University, 2023
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gender equality, military, Swedish Armed Forces, resistance, military profession
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Ledarskap och ledning
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urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-11851 (URN)978-91-8039-793-3 (ISBN)978-91-8039-794-0 (ISBN)
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2023-10-13, Lecture Hall V:A, building V, John Ericssons väg 1, Faculty of Engineering LTH, Lund, 09:00
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Tilgjengelig fra: 2023-10-09 Laget: 2023-10-09 Sist oppdatert: 2023-10-11bibliografisk kontrollert

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