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Tracing Gender Equality Cultures: Elite Perceptions of Gender Equality in Norway and Sweden

Tracing Gender Equality Cultures: Elite Perceptions of Gender Equality in Norway and Sweden Cultural explanations are frequent in social science research. In gender studies, they are especially common in cross-country comparative research that attempts to explain variations in everyday life situations for women and men. A noticeable example is found in the book Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the World, by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris (2003). Inglehart and Norris construct a gender-equality scale from measurements on attitudes among citizens regarding women as political leaders, women's professional and educational rights, and women's traditional role as mother. The results show that Finland, Sweden, West Germany, Canada, and Norway are the countries most influenced by egalitarian values. At the other end of the spectrum countries like Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Jordan are found (p. 33). The authors demonstrate that egalitarian values are systematically related to the actual conditions of women's and men's lives. They conclude that modernization underpins cultural change, that is, attitudinal change from traditional to gender-equal values, and that these cultural changes have major impact on gender-equality processes. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Politics & Gender Cambridge University Press

Tracing Gender Equality Cultures: Elite Perceptions of Gender Equality in Norway and Sweden

Politics & Gender , Volume 5 (1): 24 – Nov 1, 3

Tracing Gender Equality Cultures: Elite Perceptions of Gender Equality in Norway and Sweden

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Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Copyright
Copyright © The Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association 2009
ISSN
1743-9248
eISSN
1743-923X
DOI
10.1017/S1743923X09000026
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Abstract

Cultural explanations are frequent in social science research. In gender studies, they are especially common in cross-country comparative research that attempts to explain variations in everyday life situations for women and men. A noticeable example is found in the book Rising Tide: Gender Equality and Cultural Change Around the World, by Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris (2003). Inglehart and Norris construct a gender-equality scale from measurements on attitudes among citizens regarding women as political leaders, women's professional and educational rights, and women's traditional role as mother. The results show that Finland, Sweden, West Germany, Canada, and Norway are the countries most influenced by egalitarian values. At the other end of the spectrum countries like Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Bangladesh, and Jordan are found (p. 33). The authors demonstrate that egalitarian values are systematically related to the actual conditions of women's and men's lives. They conclude that modernization underpins cultural change, that is, attitudinal change from traditional to gender-equal values, and that these cultural changes have major impact on gender-equality processes.

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Politics & GenderCambridge University Press

Published: Nov 1, 3

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