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Fernqvist, S. (2016). Vikten av att vilja : Framställningar av vräkningshotade föräldrar i socialtjänstens akter. In: : . Paper presented at Överskridande sociologi – Sociologidagarna, Uppsala 10-12/3 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vikten av att vilja : Framställningar av vräkningshotade föräldrar i socialtjänstens akter
2016 (Swedish)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-298180 (URN)
Conference
Överskridande sociologi – Sociologidagarna, Uppsala 10-12/3 2016
Available from: 2016-06-30 Created: 2016-06-30 Last updated: 2016-06-30
Fernqvist, S. & Näsman, E. (2016). Välfärdsstatens logik?: Erfarenheter från föräldrar med kognitiva och ekonmiska svårigheter. Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 23(1), 1-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Välfärdsstatens logik?: Erfarenheter från föräldrar med kognitiva och ekonmiska svårigheter
2016 (Swedish)In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 23, no 1, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-302518 (URN)
External cooperation:
Available from: 2016-09-05 Created: 2016-09-05 Last updated: 2017-11-21
Alexanderson, K., Näsman, E., Fernqvist, S. & Kihlgård, J. (2015). Att se barn som anhöriga. In: Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika; Magnusson, Lennart & Hansson, Elisabet (Ed.), Att se barn som anhöriga: om relationer, interventioner och omsorgsansvar (pp. 21-42). Kalmar och Växjö: Nationells komptenscentrum anhöriga och Linnéuniversitetet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att se barn som anhöriga
2015 (Swedish)In: Att se barn som anhöriga: om relationer, interventioner och omsorgsansvar / [ed] Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika; Magnusson, Lennart & Hansson, Elisabet, Kalmar och Växjö: Nationells komptenscentrum anhöriga och Linnéuniversitetet , 2015, p. 21-42Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kalmar och Växjö: Nationells komptenscentrum anhöriga och Linnéuniversitetet, 2015
Series
Barn som anhöriga ; 2015:6
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262996 (URN)978-91-87731-26-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-09-23 Created: 2015-09-23 Last updated: 2016-05-27
Alexanderson, K., Fernqvist, S. & Näsman, E. (2015). Barn som anhöriga, utsatta och omvårdare - två typexempel. In: Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika; Magnusson, Lennart & Hansson, Elisabeth (Ed.), Att se barn som anhöriga : om relationer, interventioner och omsorgsansvar (pp. 345-366). Kalmar och Växjö: Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga och Linneuniversitetet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barn som anhöriga, utsatta och omvårdare - två typexempel
2015 (Swedish)In: Att se barn som anhöriga : om relationer, interventioner och omsorgsansvar / [ed] Järkestig Berggren, Ulrika; Magnusson, Lennart & Hansson, Elisabeth, Kalmar och Växjö: Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga och Linneuniversitetet , 2015, p. 345-366Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kalmar och Växjö: Nationellt kompetenscentrum anhöriga och Linneuniversitetet, 2015
Series
Barn som anhöriga ; 2015:6
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-262995 (URN)978-91-87731-26-6 (ISBN)
Available from: 2015-09-23 Created: 2015-09-23 Last updated: 2016-05-27Bibliographically approved
Fernqvist, S. (2015). Descriptions of parents when families risk eviction: Categorizations, explanations and scope for interventions. In: : . Paper presented at Governance of a Contemporary Multilateral Institutional Architecture, Groningen 4-6 Nov 2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Descriptions of parents when families risk eviction: Categorizations, explanations and scope for interventions
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Previous research has stressed the importance of proper housing conditions and continuity in the living environment in relation to children’s well-being. Accordingly, The Swedish government issued in 2007 a Vision Zero regarding evictions of children and their families. Since then however, over 3000 children have been evicted and far more are registered in requests for evictions at the Swedish Enforcement Authority, which highlight the importance of researching evictions processes regarding families in the Swedish welfare state. The recently initiated study that this paper is based on uses investigations regarding financial aid, handled by the social services at a municipal level, as empirical data in order to analyze how parents are described in relation to risk of eviction. This analysis is carried out with the purpose to see how discourses on poverty and parenthood are formulated in the data. Previous works on poverty in the welfare state in general, and on poor families in particular, has shown that the old and naturalized distinction between deserving and undeserving poor is still prominent in processes like these and that poverty is above all regarded as a sign of lacking discipline and diligence. However, previous studies has also shown that poverty often correlate with cognitive difficulties (caused by neuropsychiatric disorders and/or intellectual disabilities), which suggest that this may be the case also in relation to evictions of families. This possible connection has however not been explicitly addressed in previous research.

The social welfare agency workers who produce the investigations in question are here viewed as street level bureaucrats who can “determine the eligibility of citizens for government benefits and sanctions” (Lipsky 1980:4) and the investigations as mediators of dominant discourses on poverty The focus of the analysis is thus to see how taken-for-granted descriptions and categorizations can be viewed as expressions of governance in the welfare state. This analysis will be used as a starting point for a discussion whether alternative models of explanations to economic hardship - such as parental cognitive difficulties – are, or could be, recognized in the investigations as a possible contributing factor to an impending risk of eviction.

The study will also consist of interviews with street level bureaucrats such as social workers and employees at the Enforcement Authority, and also representatives from charity organizations who often encounter and support families living in economic hardship, in order to capture their view of these processes: their role in them and what scopes for improvement they see. The aim of these interviews is to address how different modes of operation and collaborations within and/or between authorities could reduce the number of families being evicted.

The study is expected to highlight how discourses of morality and discipline in relation to poverty may overshadow other models of explanations. Apart from contributing to a critical discussion about processes of categorization in the operation of the Swedish Welfare state, this could be a starting point for discussing how preventive work in relation to evictions of children and their parents can be reviewed and improved in the Swedish Welfare state which is in line with the aforementioned Vision Zero.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-266859 (URN)
Conference
Governance of a Contemporary Multilateral Institutional Architecture, Groningen 4-6 Nov 2015
Available from: 2015-11-12 Created: 2015-11-12 Last updated: 2015-11-12
Fernqvist, S. & Näsman, E. (2015). Dubbel utsatthet - om samband mellan ekonomisk utsatthet, föräldraskap och kognitiva svårigheter. SocialPolitik (1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Dubbel utsatthet - om samband mellan ekonomisk utsatthet, föräldraskap och kognitiva svårigheter
2015 (Swedish)In: SocialPolitik, no 1Article in journal (Other academic) Published
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-269416 (URN)
Available from: 2015-12-16 Created: 2015-12-16 Last updated: 2015-12-16
Näsman, E. & Fernqvist, S. (2015). Ekonomiskt våld. In: Eriksson, Maria, Källström Cater, Åsa, Näsman Elisabet (Ed.), Barns röster om våld: Att lyssna, tolka och förstå (pp. 149-166). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ekonomiskt våld
2015 (Swedish)In: Barns röster om våld: Att lyssna, tolka och förstå / [ed] Eriksson, Maria, Källström Cater, Åsa, Näsman Elisabet, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015, p. 149-166Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2015
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-286793 (URN)978-91-40-688879-8 (ISBN)
Projects
Ekonomisk maktutövning i familjen
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare
Available from: 2016-04-21 Created: 2016-04-21 Last updated: 2016-04-29
Fernqvist, S. (2015). Negotiating parenthood: Experiences of economic hardship among parents with cognitive difficulties. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 19(3), 215-229
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating parenthood: Experiences of economic hardship among parents with cognitive difficulties
2015 (English)In: Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, ISSN 1744-6295, E-ISSN 1744-6309, Vol. 19, no 3, p. 215-229Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People with cognitive difficulties often have scarce economic resources, and parents with cognitive difficulties are no exception. In this article, parents' experiences are put forth and discussed, for example, how does economic hardship affect family life? How do the parents experience support, what kind of strain does the scarce economy put on their situation and how are their children coping? The data consist of interviews with parents living in this often problematic situation. Experiences of poverty and how it can be related to - and understood in the light of - cognitive difficulties and notions of parenthood and children's agency are scarcely addressed in the current research. The findings suggest that experiences of poverty are often associated with the limitations caused by cognitive difficulties. Poverty may thus be articulated as one aspect of the stigma they can experience due to their impairments, not least in relation to their children and naturalized discourses on parenthood.

Keywords
Parenthood, poverty, responsibility, stigma, children
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-244458 (URN)10.1177/1744629515571379 (DOI)25669743 (PubMedID)
External cooperation:
Available from: 2015-02-17 Created: 2015-02-17 Last updated: 2017-12-04
Fernqvist, S. (2014). Negotiating parenthood: Economic hardship among parents with cognitive difficulties. In: : . Paper presented at Exploring blind spots,the 27th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association,Lund, Sweden..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating parenthood: Economic hardship among parents with cognitive difficulties
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260553 (URN)
Conference
Exploring blind spots,the 27th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association,Lund, Sweden.
Available from: 2015-08-20 Created: 2015-08-20 Last updated: 2015-08-20
Fernqvist, S. (2013). En erfarenhet rikare?: En kvalitativ studie av barns strategier och barnfattigdomens villkor i välfärdsstaten. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>En erfarenhet rikare?: En kvalitativ studie av barns strategier och barnfattigdomens villkor i välfärdsstaten
2013 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the context of the Swedish welfare state, the issue of child poverty has over the past decade become increasingly prominent within the political agenda. Most research on child poverty has been based on statistics and research on children’s everyday life and their experiences in situations of economic hardship has been in demand in international as well as Swedish research. The aim of this thesis is to explore and analyze children’s experiences of living within economic hardship as part of their identity work. In addition, it highlights how their agency can be understood as a way of dealing with their situation, as well as how child poverty – and the child position in a welfare state setting -  is understood and conceptualized by the society they live in.  The analysis was based on an interview study involving seventeen children between the ages of 6–18 in families living on or below the limit for receiving welfare benefits. The purpose of the interviews was to explore how these children experience economic hardship at home and among same-aged children, focusing their own strategies and agency.

The thesis uses the field of childhood sociology as a theoretical starting point, and the empirical findings are analyzed with an interactionist approach which highlights the meaning of interaction and agency in relation to identity work. The strategies deployed by the children in this study was interpreted in the context of the limited space for agency that the child position entails as well as how their positioning as children, by themselves and others, creates a new understanding of the way poverty is managed by them. This thesis seeks to problematize the issue of child poverty in Sweden by stressing its complexities.  The thesis also emphasizes that it would be a simplification to label these children as merely stigmatized since the status of poverty as a stigma for children can be questioned.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2013. p. 94
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Social Sciences, ISSN 1652-9030 ; 85
Keywords
childhood sociology, child position, poverty, welfare state, financial aid, identity, interaction, agency, strategy, stigma, qualitative interviews, participation
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-185346 (URN)978-91-554-8550-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2013-02-01, Universitetshuset sal IX, Uppsala, 10:15 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2012-11-22 Last updated: 2013-03-25Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-6504-0877

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