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Gender Equality & Economic Crisis: Examining the relations between recession, austerity & gender.
Dalarna University, School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Social and Political Studies.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study examines the strength of the perceived gender equality within the western/northern

economies by studying what effects that the economic crisis and subsequent austerity politics

has had on men compared to women and their respective gender roles, economic power and

participation. It consists of an "outer" quantitative study drawing generalizing conclusions from

the data collected by various IGO and NGOs regarding the economic and democratic

development in countries within the data population. It finds that men and women have been

affected very differently by the crisis and that a the short term effects included a narrowing of

the gender gap can be explained not by a progress of the situation for women but rather a

deterioration for men. The long term effects however was a deterioration in the progress of

gender equality and the situation for women while the same situation for men has started to

recover. The author then conducts an "inner" qualitative comparative case study of Spain and

The United States to examine the links between gender equality, austerity and international

capital. The analysis shows that the crisis to an extent was the workings of a masculinized

culture within the financial institutions and that the subsequent austerity measures have

worsened the impact of the crisis and unevenly so for women, especially on the long term. The

study concludes that there is a link between long term gender equality and if policy making,

especially in times of urgency like crisis, are conducted in a gender smart fashion and that

economies that conduct and sustain gender mainstreaming and gender equality tend to fare

better economically than countries with a more patriarchal and gender blind form of


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Keyword [en]
Gender, Equality, Austerity, Recession, Economic Crisis, Spain, United States
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-21074OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-21074DiVA: diva2:904634
Available from: 2016-02-19 Created: 2016-02-19

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