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Addressing Gender Inequalities in Music: Sweden as a Comparative Case Study
Örebro University, School of Music, Theatre and Art. (Aesthetics, Culture and Media)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9067-9496
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Increasing media attention has been given to gender inequalities within the music industries, and across genres, in global Northern nations. Whilst noting that gender inequalities exist in different genres is not new, their persistence, as well as identifying successes in strategies to change them, require further exploration.In this respect, Sweden, a country with an international reputation for comparatively greater equality between binary genders, as well as popular music ‘folkbildning’ traditions, provides an important case study.This paper will address how notions of gender equality are constructed in activist and policy measures in Sweden. It notes how these influence and, in turn, are influenced by material resources which shape strategies in different ways. Drawing from 10 interviews with key-stakeholders in the UK and Sweden, as well as comparative policy analysis, the paper argues that both ‘cultural democratic’ and ‘gender mainstreaming’ traditions help to counter entrenched sexism and misogyny across genres. At the same time, it also advocates the need to extend and develop these in order to integrate more firmly intersectional understandings of equality as both an ethical and aesthetic concern.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
Music, cultural policy, cultural democracy, Sweden
National Category
Musicology Gender Studies
Research subject
Musicology; Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64588OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64588DiVA, id: diva2:1178009
Conference
International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM Norden), Popular Music in the Nordic Countries, Oslo, Norway, September 14, 2017
Available from: 2018-01-26 Created: 2018-01-26 Last updated: 2018-01-29Bibliographically approved

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