Alva Myrdal: Making the Private Public
Alva Myrdal (1902-86), the Swedish feminist social scientist, is shown here to be a sociologist of honour. Her contribution to sociology is that she analysed the women's perspective of the societal division of labour, and made that private sector an important issue on the public political agenda. If women were to come out as citizens men must play their part in the care work of society and institutions had to be reorganized to accommodate women, men and children. She therefore studied family sociology, sexual politics, education and child care. She also researched peace and conflicts. Her main books are The Crisis in the Population Question (in Swedish with G. Myrdal 1934), Nation and Family (1941), Women's Two Roles (with V.Klein 1956) and The Game of Disarmament (1976).
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