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by David Imbert last modified 23-04-2009 11:44

Barbara Hobson


Department of Sociology
Stockholm University
Phone: +46 8 163 116
Fax: +46 8 612 5580


Recent and current positions:

Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at the Stockholm University, Director of the Advanced Research School in Comparative Gender Studies, and founding editor of Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State, and Society.



Fields of research and interests (key words):

- Fathers and the State: Men, Masculinities and Gender Logics
- Recognition Struggles: Political Identities and State Transition
- Policy Across Borders


Some recent/important publications:

Most recent articles (2006-2007)

Barbara Hobson with Marcus Carson and Rebecca Lawrence.  2007 “Recognition Struggles in Trans-national Arenas: Negotiating Identities and Framing Citizenship.” Special Issue; Gender and Diversity, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 9: 4.

Barbara Hobson with Livia Oláh. 2006 ”Birthstrikes? Agency and capabilities in the reconciliation of employment and family.” Journal of Marriage and Family Review 39:3/4: 197-237.

Barbara Hobson, Ann Zofie Duvander, and Karin Halldén 2006 “Men and Women’s Agency and capabilities to Create a Worklife balance in diverse and Changing institutional contexts In Children, Family Policies and Welfare State Change, edited by Jane Lewis  Edward Elgar.

B. Hobson et L. Oláh (2006), "Tournant positif ou 'grève des ventres' ? Formes de résistance au modèle de l'homme gagne-pain et à la restructuration de l'État-providence", in Recherches et Prévisions, n°83, mars: 61-78.

“The Evolution of the Women Friendly State: Opportunities and Constraints in the Swedish Welfare State. 2006 ” In Gender and Social Policy, edited by Shireen Hassim och Shahra Razavi (UNRSID project on Gender and social Policy). Palgrave.


Recognition Struggles: Recognition Struggles and Social Movements: Cultural Claims, Contested Identities, Power and Agency.  Cambridge University. Press. 2003

Making Men into Fathers:  Men. Masculinities, and the Social Politics of Fatherhood. Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Contested Concepts in Gender and Social Politics. Barbara Hobson with Jane Lewis and Birte Siim, Edward Elgar. 2002.

Gender and Citizenship in Transition .London: Macmillan Press,  1999.  


Involvement in other recent or current research projects, current grants:

Editor and founder of international journal:  Social Politics: International Studies of Gender State and Society, Oxford University Press.

Project leader: European Science Foundation grant. 2004-2007. Changing Relationship between work, welfare and gender equality in Europe: Developing a capabilities approach to transitions using quantitative and qualitative cross-national comparison between and within European countries.

Participant in European Network on Gender Equality and Cultural Diversity: author in forthcoming special issue: Ethnicities


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