The proposed project represents the first comprehensive attempt to systematically map, and comparatively analyse, the new developments in Nordic anti discrimination politics, which currently are undergoing profound changes. Public policies now aim for an integrated approach to discrimination. They all gradually depart from a dominant (single strand) gender equality framework, and seek to build new frameworks of multidimensional equality. The common basis for these endeavours is mainly found in notions of multiple discrimination, where law and law enforcement become major political instruments to promote equality. Legal anti discrimination frameworks are thus expanded and/or enforcement agencies reorganised, in what seems to be largely parallel political p rocesses in most Nordic countries.
The central aim of the project outlined here is to investigate the ways in which the legal and normative demands of multiple equality strands in the Nordic countries addresses/deals with intersectionality. The empirical project is three-parted. The first part will, based on a mapping of multiple strands of equality legislation, make comparisons of variations and changes in the legal traditions of the Nordic countries. The second part will inquire the political processes that have produced the current legal regimes, with a particular interest for how a growing concern for multiple equality strands are reflected, debated and dealt with in political debates and in policy-making. The third part will study multidimensionality and intersectionality in judicial practice by examining attempts of intersectional-sensitive reasoning in the enforcement of non-discrimination legislation. The project is planned to start in 2009 and end in 2012 and main activities and milestones are ou tlined below in the application scheme. The project will be developed as three interconnected parts, where part 2 and 3 directly builds on part 1. Part 1 will start in 2009, and Part 2 and 3 in 2010.