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Gender jobs: Dilemmas of Gender Studies education and employability in Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2540-8497
Linköpings universitet.
2016 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In the past decades a large number of students have taken courses and degrees in Gender Studies around Europe and proceeded to find employment. This article is based on a quantitative and qualitative study carried out in 2012 of Gender Studies students in Sweden, their education and employment. The design of the study was inspired by a large European research project investigating Women’s Studies in Europe and concerned with the motives for doing Gender Studies among Swedish students, as well as who the students were, how they evaluated their Gender Studies education and what work they proceeded to after they left the university. In this article the results are discussed in terms of dilemmas: between Gender Studies’ critique of neoliberalism,employability and the former students’ wishes to be employed, and their evaluation of their studies and employment. The Swedish study is also compared with previous research in order to understand general and particular traits in Swedish Gender Studies education and employment. Analysis points to interesting contradictions within Gender Studies in relation to the labor market, student groups and employability.

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Education, employability, employment, Gender Studies, ideological dilemmas, post-feminism, students, Sweden
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Gender Studies
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-30952DOI: 10.1177/1350506816671162OAI: diva2:1033188
Available from: 2016-10-06 Created: 2016-10-06 Last updated: 2016-11-24Bibliographically approved

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