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Conscripting women: gender, soldiering, and military service in Sweden 1965–2018
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History and International Relations.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2523-2575
2019 (English)In: Women's History Review, ISSN 0961-2025, E-ISSN 1747-583XArticle in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This article explores how women, men, and gender equality in the military have been debated, made sense of, regulated, and dealt with in Swedish contemporary history. It takes its empirical point of departure in 1965, when the issue of military conscription for women was first raised in Sweden, and ends with the implementation of so called gender-neutral conscription in 2018. The study is based on a wide range of sources, collected through a combination of extensive archival work, ethnographic studies, and interviews. The analysis shows how men have been the standard against which women were measured throughout the period studied. Women service members were simultaneously perceived both as a problem and as a solution to a range of problems in the organisation. Women’s ‘different’ bodies were considered problematic, while staff shortages and demands for specific personnel qualities rendered the ‘woman soldier’ a solution, in particular in relation to international missions.

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2019.
Keywords [en]
Conscription, national service, gender equality, military employment, military officers, Swedish Armed Forces
Keywords [sv]
värnplikt, officersyrket, arbetsliv, militärt arbete, jämställdhet, försvarsmakten
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Economic History
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Economic History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167260DOI: 10.1080/09612025.2019.1596542ISI: 000463542400001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-167260DiVA, id: diva2:1298452
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Swedish Research Council, 2017-01066NordForsk, 88041Available from: 2019-03-22 Created: 2019-03-22 Last updated: 2019-07-14

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