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Specific projects or gender mainstreaming? Discourses within a Swedish culture organisation with an outspoken gender-equality ambition

Conference contribution
Authors Åsa Bergman
Cecilia Björck
Published in Music and Gender in Balance, 5-6 April, Tromsø
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Cultural Sciences
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Language en
Keywords cultural policy, discourse, gender-equality projects, music
Subject categories Music, Musicology, Other Humanities not elsewhere specified


The lack of female representation in various music practices has attracted attention in research since the 1970s (Bayton 1989, Whitely 2000, Leonard 2007). In this presentation, based on a study of a culture organisation with an outspoken gender-equality ambition, focus is directed towards what ideas on music, gender, feminism and equality are articulated by different actors within the organisation. The preliminary result shows a negotiation taking place regarding what activities should be organised in relation to the stated ambition. While some actors promote specific gender-equality projects, others advocate that all music activities be permeated by a gender-equality perspective, and while some actors propose that gender equality should be considered in relation to a broader diversity work, others point to the risk that gender issues might be neglected when several equality aspects are lumped together.

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