Egalitarianism in Scandinavia

Egalitarianism in Scandinavia : Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

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This book discusses egalitarianism in Scandinavian countries through historically oriented and empirically based studies on social and political change. The chapters engage with issues related to social class, political conflict, the emergence of the welfare state, public policy, and conceptualizations of equality. Throughout, the contributors discuss and sometimes challenge existing notions of the social and cultural complexity of Scandinavia. For example, how does egalitarianism in these nations differ from other contemporary manifestations of egalitarianism? Is it meaningful to continue to nurture the idea of Scandinavian exceptionalism in an age of economic crises and globalization? The book also proposes that egalitarianism is not merely a relationship between specific, influential enlightenment ideas and patterns of policy, but an aspect of social organization characterized by specific forms of political tension, mobilization, and conflict resolution-as well as emerging cultural values such as individual autonomy.
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  • Hardback | 357 pages
  • 148 x 210 x 22.35mm | 5,862g
  • Cham, Switzerland
  • English
  • 1st ed. 2018
  • XVIII, 357 p.
  • 3319597906
  • 9783319597904

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This book discusses egalitarianism in Scandinavian countries through historically oriented and empirically based studies on social and political change. The chapters engage with issues related to social class, political conflict, the emergence of the welfare state, public policy, and conceptualizations of equality. Throughout, the contributors discuss and sometimes challenge existing notions of the social and cultural complexity of Scandinavia. For example, how does egalitarianism in these nations differ from other contemporary manifestations of egalitarianism? Is it meaningful to continue to nurture the idea of Scandinavian exceptionalism in an age of economic crises and globalization? The book also proposes that egalitarianism is not merely a relationship between specific, influential enlightenment ideas and patterns of policy, but an aspect of social organization characterized by specific forms of political tension, mobilization, and conflict resolution-as well as emerging cultural values such as individual autonomy.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction
Part 1: The Tradition of Egalitarianism
2. The Cultural Construction of Equality in Norden
3. The Cradle of Norwegian Equality and Egalitarianism - Norway in the 19th Century
4. Critiquing the View from Within: "Likhet" is not Equality
Part II: Egalitarianism and Public Institutions
5. Social Imaginaries of Equality in an Age of Financialization/Neoliberalization
6. Egalitarianism, Mobilization, and Resistance
7. Normative Hierarchy and Pragmatic Egalitarianism in Municipal Policy Development
8. Care and Control in the Clinic: - How Deep into their Lives can we Really go?
Part III: Egalitarianism and the Welfare State
9. Experiencing the Welfare State: Sick Leave and Local Culture
10. Social Differences in Health as a Challenge to the Danish Welfare State
11. Irregular Migrants and the Norwegian Welfare State
12. Reshaping Egalitarian Practices: Vocational Youth between Schooling, Industry, and Popular Culture in Rural Norway
Part IV: Egalitarianism, Inequality and Difference
13. Equality and Fairness: Some Comparative Perspectives
14. The (In)egalitarian Dynamics of 'Gender Equality' in Contemporary Norway
15. Conditioned Belonging: Middle-class Ethnic Minorities in Norway
16. Riding along in the Name of Equality: Everyday Demands on Refugee Children to Conform to Local Bodily Practices of "Danishness"
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About Synnove Bendixsen

Synnove Bendixsen is Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Mary Bente Bringslid is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Bergen, Norway.

Halvard Vike is Professor in the Department of Health, Social, and Welfare Studies at the University College of Southeast Norway, and Senior Researcher at Telemark Research Institute, Norway.
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