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The Swedish system: The image cracking when taking a closer look
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Plant Ecology and Evolution.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Plant Ecology and Evolution.
2014 (English)In: Geoforum, ISSN 0016-7185, E-ISSN 1872-9398, Vol. 53, 82-83 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden has a high international profile regarding social issues and projects an image as one of the best countries in the world in terms of social indicators. Here we argue for a revised view as the reality is that Swedish system is very segregated, particularly in terms of (1) relative lack of women in positions of high influence, (2) it is the worst country in the EU28 regarding long-term unemployment for people born outside the country, and (3) it has a education system that after a number of reforms is involved in a "race towards the bottom" to profit from students. At the same time Sweden undervalues foreign academic qualifications and getting work largely depends on "who you know", not "what you know".

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2014. Vol. 53, 82-83 p.
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Education system, Gender, Qualifications, Segregation, Unemployment, Recruitment
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Social and Economic Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-228355DOI: 10.1016/j.geoforum.2014.02.010ISI: 000336116500009OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-228355DiVA: diva2:733997
Available from: 2014-07-14 Created: 2014-07-11 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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