This title was first published in 2001. In the Nordic countries women are considered equal to men. Advanced social and economic rights are often given as the explanation for the equality. In this volume, Nordic feminist legal scholars give a more contradictory image of gender equality. The gendered construction of the legal subject and the legal understanding of gender have a two-pronged potential, both to change and to reproduce gender relations. Nordic women have been considered responsible for upholding the gendered social system - as "responsible selves" rather than as individuals engaged in rights discourse. The authors claim, with examples, that the belief in equality has made certain discriminative practices difficult to recognize and conceptualize. Also a transformation of the social welfare system puts the collective equality policies to the test.

part I|106 pages

Constructing Equality and Identity

chapter 2|46 pages

Transformative Nordic Welfarism:

Liberal and Communitarian Trends in Family and Market Law

chapter 3|34 pages

Sex Equality:

Changes in Politics, Jurisprudence and Feminist Legal Studies

chapter 4|24 pages

The Responsible Self:

Relational Gender Construction in the History of Finnish Law

part II|63 pages

Welfare and Care

chapter 6|18 pages

From Marriage Contract to Labour Contract:

Effects on Care Duties and Care Rights

chapter 7|19 pages

The Autonomous Taxpayer and the Dependent Caregiver:

The Effects of the Division Between Tax Law and Social Law

part III|94 pages

Constructions of Gender in Labour Law

chapter 8|27 pages

Collective and Individual Strategies:

Women's and Men's Wages

chapter 10|20 pages

Doctors and Nurses:

The Gendered Right to Practise

part IV|87 pages

Integrity and its Violations

chapter 13|19 pages

The "Good Battered Woman":

A Silenced Defendant

chapter 14|21 pages

The Unbounded Body of the Law of Rape:

The Intrusive Criterion of Non-Consent

chapter 15|21 pages

Women's Peace:

A Criminal Law Reform in Sweden