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Gendered youth strategies for inclusion in a changing society: breaking or reproducing the local gender contract?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2017 (English)In: Area (London 1969), ISSN 0004-0894, E-ISSN 1475-4762Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper explores how place and gender relations influence young people's ways of formulating their struggles and negotiations related to education, work, family, everyday life and achievement of certain life goals. In addition, the paper examines key municipal officials' viewpoints, opening up a space for exchange and development at the interface of policy actions and young people's embodied lives. It is shown that young men and women alike are aware of the challenge to deconstruct hegemonic notions of gender. The focus is on societal changes and young people's educational and work strategies in Dalarna, Central Sweden. Historically, this county was dependent on steel, iron and paper industries: traditionally male employment sectors. Transformation of the labour market is involving new trends and expectations. A result is that gender relations associated with place-specific, as well as general, assumptions about masculinity and femininity are becoming increasingly fluid while their discursive strength remains.

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2017.
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Sweden, youth, gender contract, education, labour market, focus-group interviews
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Social and Economic Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150437DOI: 10.1111/area.12392OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150437DiVA, id: diva2:1167769
Available from: 2017-12-19 Created: 2017-12-19 Last updated: 2018-09-20

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