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Torres, Sandra, Professor
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Willander, E., Bradby, H., Torres, S. & Jonsson, P. (2019). Conditions for Religious Pluralism in Swedish Hospital Chaplaincy: A Research Note. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 25(3), 99-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conditions for Religious Pluralism in Swedish Hospital Chaplaincy: A Research Note
2019 (English)In: Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, ISSN 0885-4726, E-ISSN 1528-6916, Vol. 25, no 3, p. 99-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Research interest in hospital chaplaincy has increased, in part because it is believed to contribute to the development of just models of religious pluralism. This research note brings attention to hospital chaplaincy in Sweden, a country where religious diversity has substantially increased due to migration but where research in hospital chaplaincy is scarce. In order to advocate for future research, this research note describes the organization of hospital chaplaincy in Sweden, presents new analyses of official data showing its extent and religious composition, and proposes that the organization of hospital chaplaincy in this country needs to be re-considered now that religious diversity is a given. Showing that hospital chaplaincy in this country is still under the overbearing influence of Christianity, this research note argues that there is a need for research that sheds light on the asymmetrical power relations that exist and that paves the way for innovations in religious pluralist models for health care chaplaincy.

Keywords
Religious diversity, religious pluralism, hospital chaplaincy in Sweden, provision of hospital chaplaincy
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-379120 (URN)10.1080/08854726.2018.1548853 (DOI)000471162900002 ()
Available from: 2019-03-12 Created: 2019-03-12 Last updated: 2019-06-28Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2019). Ethnicity, race and care in older age: what can a social justice framework offer?. In: Sue Westwood (Ed.), Ageing, Diversity and Inequality: Social Justice Perspectives (pp. 167-180). Oxon: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethnicity, race and care in older age: what can a social justice framework offer?
2019 (English)In: Ageing, Diversity and Inequality: Social Justice Perspectives / [ed] Sue Westwood, Oxon: Routledge, 2019, p. 167-180Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter – which relies on a scoping literature review of scholarship on old age/ageing and ethnicity/race – uses literature on health and social care to ask why this scholarship – which often documents the inequalities that older ethnic minorities face – is not informed by the social justice framework. Relying on Fraser’s framework to answer this question, this chapter uses the concepts of redistribution, recognition and representation to present what the literature on health and social care that brings attention to both old age and ethnicity focuses on: access and usage; attitudes, preferences and experiences and the suitability of different programs/interventions/service. In doing so, this chapter proposes that the essentialist and structuralist understandings of ethnicity/race that inform most gerontological literature on ethnicity/race may be the reason why this literature does not engage with the notion of social justice. In addition, this chapter argues that this literature’s failure to adopt the social constructionist understanding of ethnicity/race is also one of the reasons why this literature gives the impression of being injustice-oblivious. This chapter’s main thesis is therefore that if ethno-gerontologists want to expand their imagination in a social justice-informed way, they need to shift their attention from who these older ethnic minorities are, and what they need, to what practitioners and policymakers can do to address these older people’s needs. Only then can a social justice-informed ethno-gerontology see the light of day.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxon: Routledge, 2019
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372499 (URN)978-0-415-78669-0 (ISBN)
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2018). Active aging policies and old age social exclusion. In: : . Paper presented at (Keynote given at the 3rd Policy Seminar of the COST Action Reducing Old Age Exclusion in Europe: Collaborations in Research and Policy - ROSEnet (CA 15122), February 20 in Brussels, Belgium)..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Active aging policies and old age social exclusion
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372541 (URN)
Conference
(Keynote given at the 3rd Policy Seminar of the COST Action Reducing Old Age Exclusion in Europe: Collaborations in Research and Policy - ROSEnet (CA 15122), February 20 in Brussels, Belgium).
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07
Torres, S. (2018). Active aging policies and the active aging index: what the social exclusion lens can offer. In: : . Paper presented at (Paper presented at the 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 2-4 in Oslo, Norway)..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Active aging policies and the active aging index: what the social exclusion lens can offer
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372562 (URN)
Conference
(Paper presented at the 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 2-4 in Oslo, Norway).
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07
Torres, S. (2018). Aging in the age ofmigration: what an ethnicity-informed and migration-lens can offer to gerontological research, policy and practice. In: : . Paper presented at (Keynote lecture given at the 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 2-4 in Oslo, Norway)..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Aging in the age ofmigration: what an ethnicity-informed and migration-lens can offer to gerontological research, policy and practice
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372538 (URN)
Conference
(Keynote lecture given at the 24th Nordic Congress of Gerontology, May 2-4 in Oslo, Norway).
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07
Torres, S. (2018). Cultural values and the nature of successful aging. In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology: . Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Cultural values and the nature of successful aging
2018 (English)In: Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Psychology, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ideas regarding what it means to age well date back centuries. Gerontological scholarship includes countless conceptual, theoretical, and empirical contributions to how to make sense of these ideas. The construct of successful aging is therefore one of the most debated operationalizations of what it means to age well. Empirical research on successful aging taps into either understandings of successful aging or the strategies that people use to age well. The very essence of the construct of successful aging is, however, sociocultural. This is why this chapter proposes that exploring the cultural values that underpin the understandings of successful aging that inform this scholarship is a theoretically profuse approach to making sense of the controversy that surrounds this construct.

Two decades ago, a culture-relevant framework for the study of understandings of successful aging was formulated to address the disregard for cultural values that lie at the very core of this controversy. This framework proposes that there is congruence between the value orientations that people prefer and the understandings of successful aging that they hold, and that if we are to make sense of this congruence, we need to acknowledge that the foundations of value orientations (i.e., political, economic, and religious systems) shape what we deem to be necessary for aging well. From this it follows that there are bound to be more understandings of successful aging than what the scholarship in this area tends to acknowledge. After all, gerontological scholarship relies most heavily on contributions made on the basis of data from highly industrialized societies in the part of the world referred to as “the West.” In other words, gerontological scholarship on successful aging is extremely ethnocentric in its take on this construct, since only a handful of cultural understandings of what it means to age well are regarded as the norm. A failure to acknowledge this very fact leads gerontologists to disregard or downplay (often inadvertently) understandings of what it means to age well that do not resonate well with their own value paradigms or to impose (sometimes unintentionally) the Western template on findings about successful aging that do not rhyme well with what this scholarship assumes to be a given (i.e., a future, activity, independence, and mastering of nature orientation to what aging well means).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018
National Category
Social Psychology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372494 (URN)10.1093/acrefore/9780190236557.013.343 (DOI)
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
Torres, S. (2018). Ethnicity, race and old age: a new research agenda. In: : . Paper presented at (Keynote lecture given to the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS) Seminar, July 9-10 in Wroclaw, Poland)..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ethnicity, race and old age: a new research agenda
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372535 (URN)
Conference
(Keynote lecture given to the Cultural Difference and Social Solidarity Network (CDSS) Seminar, July 9-10 in Wroclaw, Poland).
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07
Torres, S. (2018). Expanding the gerontological imagination through the unexploited potential found at the intersection of ethnicity and old age. In: : . Paper presented at Paper presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 14-18 in Boston, USA..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expanding the gerontological imagination through the unexploited potential found at the intersection of ethnicity and old age
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372547 (URN)
Conference
Paper presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, November 14-18 in Boston, USA.
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-07
Torres, S. (2018). Expanding the imagination of care scholarship through studies at the intersection between ageing/ old age and migration. In: Ślusarczyk, M; Pustułka, P. & Struzik, J. (Ed.), Contemporary Migrant Families: Actors and Issues (pp. 13-32). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Expanding the imagination of care scholarship through studies at the intersection between ageing/ old age and migration
2018 (English)In: Contemporary Migrant Families: Actors and Issues / [ed] Ślusarczyk, M; Pustułka, P. & Struzik, J., Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018, p. 13-32Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-372506 (URN)978-1-5275-1346-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Welfare and Life-course
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-09-13Bibliographically approved
Kania, M. & Torres, S. (2018). Ideology, power and inclusion: using the critical perspective to study how older ICT users make sense of digitisation. Media Culture and Society, 40(8), 1167-1185
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ideology, power and inclusion: using the critical perspective to study how older ICT users make sense of digitisation
2018 (English)In: Media Culture and Society, ISSN 0163-4437, E-ISSN 1460-3675, Vol. 40, no 8, p. 1167-1185Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Critical Internet and media scholarship has primarily focused on contributing to theoretical debates within the field of media and communications but few empirical studies have applied this theoretical approach. This article uses data on older active ICT users’ understandings of digitisation. It draws inspiration from Boltanski’s pragmatist sociology of critique and the notion that people’s own take on their situation are fruitful sources of information in the quest for emancipation. It employs the notions of ideology, power and inclusion – which are central to critical scholarship – to make sense of older active ICT users’ understandings of digitisation. In doing so, it explores the fruitfulness of the critical lens for studies of ICT users while bringing attention to older active ICT users’ critical capacities.

Keywords
Boltanski, critical perspective, digitisation, ICTs usage, ideology, inclusion, older people, power
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Media and Communication Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-353317 (URN)10.1177/0163443718781983 (DOI)000447564500004 ()
Available from: 2018-06-12 Created: 2018-06-12 Last updated: 2018-12-12Bibliographically approved
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