Gender Knowledge and Gender Expertise: The Implementation of Gender Mainstreaming in Swedish State Agencies
- Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society
- Oxford University Press
- Volume 27, Number 4, Winter 2020
- pp. 742-764
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Through an analysis of the Swedish government development program for gender mainstreaming in state agencies—the JIM (Jämställdhet i myndigheter)program—this article analyzes how gender equality is constructed (gender knowledge) and what role specialized knowledge (gender expertise) has in policy implementation. The article claims that even in best-case scenarios, such as Sweden, where intensive efforts to integrate a gender perspective have been undertaken, gender knowledge is based on visions and strategies that do not question prevailing policy paradigms. However, cross-cutting and intersectional conceptualizations of gender equality have created epistemic space for transformative interventions on the part of gender experts.