Lige for? En diskursteoretisk undersøgelse af ligestillingsstrategien i den danske offentlige forvaltning

Marie Schneekloth Rasmussen

Student thesis: Master thesis


In today’s Danish society, gender equality is considered an indisputable core value to fight for and protect. Exploring how gender equality is given meaning through the work of the public administration in Denmark, this thesis sets out to ask how different problems are given shape in the Danish gender equality policy and what consequences there can be said to exist for the state’s government of this particular field and for the field of gender equality. The thesis draws on the French sociologist and philosopher Michel Foucault’s concepts of discourse, power and subjectivity and his understanding of the bio political and liberal economic dispositifs as a frame for analyzing meaning and power in the state, combined with Australian gender equality and policy researcher Carol Bacchi’s concept of problem representation and American queer feminist researcher Judith Butler’s notion of gender as performative. From this analytical frame, three different problem representations are identified; gender as equal potential, gender as target group, and gender as utility. The three problem representations are seemingly harmonizing in spite of their apparent differences, which leads to the discussion of whether the understanding of gender as utility can be said to hegemonize the field and subordinate gender as equal potential and gender as target group. In conclusion, it can be discussed if gender equality only comes to the fore if other and higher goals can assign relevance to the inclusion of a gender perspective

EducationsMSocSc in Political Communication and Managment, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
Publication date2011
Number of pages76