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National machinery for gender equality
in Sweden and other Nordic countries
In this chapter I want to describe the ‘Nordic model’ of
national machinery for gender equality. I want to show the
similarities between the countries, but also the differences.
The official Nordic cooperation on gender equality, conducted by the Nordic Council of Ministers, is based on the
development of pilot projects and reports on priority areas.
It provides excellent opportunities to develop new methods
and strategies and is a forum
comprehensive question which this study attempts to answer has to do with the values and cultural ideas that determine which relationships are accepted or defined as forbidden and punishable in a society. In other words, on what norms are the rules actually based?
In Sweden the configuration of incest prohibitions has varied from the Middle Ages, when a man was forbidden to marry his deceased wife's sixth cousin according to the matrimonial laws of the Catholic Church, to today's incest prohibitions which only include sexual relationships between members
Given the significant similarities and differences between the welfare states of Northern Europe and their reactions to the perceived 'refugee crisis' of 2015, the book focuses primarily on the three main cases of Denmark, Sweden and Germany. Placed in a wider Northern European context – and illustrated by those chapters that also discuss refugee experiences in Norway and the UK – the Danish, Swedish and German cases are the largest case studies of this edited volume. Thus, the book contributes to debates on the governance of non-citizens and the meaning of displacement, mobility and seeking asylum by providing interdisciplinary analyses of a largely overlooked region of the world, with two specific aims. First, we scrutinize the construction of the 2015 crisis as a response to the large influx of refugees, paying particular attention to the disciplinary discourses and bureaucratic structures that are associated with it. Second, we investigate refugees’ encounters with these bureaucratic structures and consider how these encounters shape hopes for building a new life after displacement. This allows us to show that the mobility of specific segments of the world’s population continues to be seen as a threat and a risk that has to be governed and controlled. Focusing on the Northern European context, our volume interrogates emerging policies and discourses as well as the lived experiences of bureaucratization from the perspective of individuals who find themselves the very objects of bureaucracies.
This book looks at aspects of the continuation of witchcraft and magic in Europe from the last of the secular and ecclesiastical trials during the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, through to the nineteenth century. It provides a brief outline of witch trials in late seventeenth- and early eighteenth-century Finland. By the second half of the seventeenth century, as the witch trials reached their climax in Sweden, belief in the interventionist powers of the Devil had become a major preoccupation of the educated classes. Having acknowledged the slight possibility of real possession by the Devil, Benito Feijoo threw himself wholeheartedly into his real objective: to expose the falseness of the majority of the possessed. The book is concerned with accusations of magic, which were formalised as denunciations heard by the Inquisition of the Archdiocese of Capua, a city twelve miles north of Naples, during the first half of the eighteenth century. One aspect of the study of witchcraft and magic, which has not yet been absorbed into the main stream of literature on the subject, is the archaeological record of the subject. As a part of the increasing interest in 'popular' culture, historians have become more conscious of the presence of witchcraft after the witch trials. The aftermath of the major witch trials in Dalarna, Sweden, demonstrates how the authorities began the awkward process of divorcing themselves from popular concerns and beliefs regarding witchcraft.
German Responses to the June 2019 Mission of the Sea-Watch 3
internal borders, or when they are faced with deportation. Such support has nevertheless been significant, because it potentially challenges the right of nation-states to determine who enters their territory and who is allowed to stay, and because it is often primarily prompted by a sense of solidarity, rather than by a sense of compassion towards suffering fellow humans. Those engaged in such acts of solidarity include, for example, French olive farmer Cédric Herrou, who since 2015 has assisted migrants crossing from Italy to France, and Swedish student Elin Ersson, who
authoritative source for explaining the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi and to a lesser extent violence perpetrated by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). The book also became the basis for numerous prosecutions of accused genocide perpetrators. Even before publication of the text, Des Forges worked closely with prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), and after its publication, the book became the basis for numerous cases in Arusha. Leave None to Tell also has served as the basis for prosecutions in Canada, Belgium, France, Sweden, Finland and the
one was asked to apologise, but was allowed to keep his job ( Parker, 2018 ). The woman who had raised
these concerns, Amira Malik Miller, had been subsequently working for the Swedish
International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) when she saw Van
Hauwermeiren’s name listed as the Oxfam country director in Chad; she had
raised concerns both with Oxfam and with SIDA, who were an Oxfam funder, but these
had been ignored ( Ratcliffe, 2018 ).
Astonishingly, Oxfam, when
The Law and Politics of Responding to Attacks against Aid Workers
Julia Brooks and Rob Grace
has aimed to offer a more expansive security management framework to facilitate policy conversations about what is actually going on in the field, why these tensions are persisting and what alternatives to current approaches exist.
The interviews for this article were conducted under the auspices of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, fund number: 210665. The authors wish to thank Anaïde Nahikian, who collaborated on designing the interview methodology and
Lessons Learned for Engagement in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States
the South Sudan Crisis .
Danish Demining Group and the Swedish International Development Agency
. ( 2010 )
SIDA DDG Evaluation: Final Report South Sudan .
Danish Refugee Council (DRC)
. ( 2014 )
Post Relocation Evaluation: Key Findings & Life in the New POC .
Young Palestinian men encountering a Swedish introductory programme for refugees
Living bureaucratisation: young Palestinian
men encountering a Swedish introductory
programme for refugees
My dream is to study at the university. But when you go to [the caseworkers],
they do not listen to your ambitions and dreams. They make you believe that
you can tell them what you want. In the end they will write in their plans
what they want. You want to study? Okay, you are going to study. They write
‘Amir wants to continue his education. Amir wants to study Swedish. Amir
is going to take the social integration course. And this basically