Network: Economic Concepts, Economic Theory, and Economic Relationships - A Gender Appoach

Project leader

Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 02/05/2006
End date: 31/12/2008
Funding: 400000 SEK


The aim is to create an interdisciplinary (social sciences and history) Nordic research network around the theme ”Gender and Work”. The network will contribute to creating contacts between Swedish and Nordic researchers, discuss theoretical, empirical and methodological issues and contribute with innovative research ideas that can to constitute a basis of a larger research programme that discusses economic concepts, economic theory and economic relationships in a broad, contemporary historical and social science perspective. The network is built around meetings with senior researchers, younger scholars and doctoral students in the form of conferences, workshops and a homepage. The network is hosted by the Centre for Gender Studies, Stockholm University, and coordinated by Associate Professor Kirsti Niskanen. Three areas of interest are in focus: 1) Gender perspective on concepts such as gainful employment/paid work, unemployment and GNP. How have these concepts been defined and how have these definitions changed over time? What are the implications of differing definitions for un/visibility of women's work, unemployment and production? How has the unpaid work been discussed? 2) Gender perspective on economic theory, especially”care economy”. Principal questions regarding the distinguished nature of care activities will be raised, such as measuring and value setting of activities that have” external effects”, as well as theoretical and empirical implications for the care work and its execution in the changed demographical the situation and with regard of the restructurings of the welfare state. 3) Gender perspective on economic relationships. In this area, an overall grip is taken about how married/cohabiting women's and men's ways to reconcile paid work, unpaid work and family life has changed during the post-war period, and how this change can be analyzed in a gender theoretical perspective.

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