Legal harmonization and intersectionality in swedish and norwegian anti-discrimination reform
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Original versionSocial Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society. 2014, 21 (2), 218-240. 10.1093/sp/jxu007
This article investigates to what extent the challenging questions emerging from the intersectionality literature have been addressed in the process of reforming antidiscrimination legislation in Sweden and Norway. I find that even though intersectionality is presented as relevant for the policy reforms in both countries, the term largely remains abstract and obscure in the policy documents. As a result, other more practical circumstances become decisive in determining the outcome of the reforms. The existing structure of the national equality legislation in particular seems to have had significant consequences for the variation in outcomes of the two reform processes.