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Women's participation in European regional development, concerning "innovation systems" and "clusters": experiences from northern Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2006 (English)In: Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context: 6th European Gender Research Conference University of Łódź, Poland, University of Łódź , 2006Conference paper, Meeting abstract (Other academic)
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‘Gender mainstreaming' constitutes an emphasized concern within the European structural funds and Swedish policy for regional development. Women and men's equal participation are to be thoroughly integrated in all policy areas. However, this aim is far from being fulfilled within the actual policy programs. By means of an action research approach, aiming at a close interaction between researcher and actors, this paper provides an analysis of which aspects of gender theory that have been regarded as useful by two civil society actors in northern Sweden - Emma Resource Centre and Sirges Sámi village - in their processes of promoting women's participation in regional development policy in general, and public programs promoting ‘clusters' and ‘innovation systems' in particular. Moreover, the objective is to analyse how these choices of theory were connected to action aiming at actual change in each process. An account of contemporary gender theory exposes three main categories: ‘gender system', post modernism and ‘doing gender', each contributing differently to the aspects of structure and change. In their projects, both actors tried to combine a structural approach with aspects of change, thus opening up for variations within gender relations over time and space. The analysis shows that both actors seem to have managed to bridge the theoretical gap between structure and change. In practice, both succeeded in their ambitions to initiate processes of actual change on the basis of their theoretical analyses. By paying attention to the actors own formulation of problems, analyses etc ‘robust knowledge' is achieved.

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University of Łódź , 2006.
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Man Machine Relation Focusing Gender
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39301Local ID: df9126c0-2577-11dc-b6d3-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1012811
European Gender Research Conference : Gender and Citizenship in a Multicultural Context 31/08/2006 - 03/09/2006
Godkänd; 2006; 20070628 (andbra)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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