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Fernqvist, S. (2018). 'He wants to mess with me, not the Social Insurance Agency':: custodial parents' experiences of the handling of maintenance support after the amendments in the Swedish Social Insurance Code. In: : . Paper presented at 9th ESFR Conference "Families through the lens of diversity", Porto, Portugal, 5th–8th September 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'He wants to mess with me, not the Social Insurance Agency':: custodial parents' experiences of the handling of maintenance support after the amendments in the Swedish Social Insurance Code
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the effects of the amendments regarding maintenance support in Sweden, which became effective in 2016. These amendments imply that maintenance support should to a larger extent be transformed into maintenance allowance, whereby the handling of support is transferred from the Social Insurance Agency (SIA) to the parents who are expected to initiate a dialogue to secure the best interest of the children in financial terms. However, this may be problematic. Possible occurrence of violence and financial oppression, when the financial acting space of one partner is restricted by the other, may severely complicate the implementation. It has been argued that a normative family perspective, that presupposes the possibility of an unproblematic co-operation between ex-partners with children tends to obscure such power imbalances. Although desirable, mutual responsibility for support can thus create potential for fathers to exert financial oppression over mothers, who most often have the main financial responsibility as custodial parents.

By interviewing ten custodial parents about their experiences of maintenance processes after the amendments, this study focuses on if, or how, experiences of violence and financial oppression has affected these processes and what implications this may have on the financial situation for parents and children.  Preliminary results from these interviews suggest that the legislative changes and how they have been executed by the SIA to a large extent neglect previous experience of violence and threats. It is also a possibility that the amendments may in fact facilitate a financially oppressive behavior towards the custodial parent.

National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360039 (URN)
Conference
9th ESFR Conference "Families through the lens of diversity", Porto, Portugal, 5th–8th September 2018
Available from: 2018-09-10 Created: 2018-09-10 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved
Fernqvist, S. (2018). ‘One does one’s best’: performing deservingness in income support case records. Critical and radical social work An international journal, 6(3), 329-343
Open this publication in new window or tab >>‘One does one’s best’: performing deservingness in income support case records
2018 (English)In: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 329-343Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on theory and previous research on categorisation processes in social work practice, this article discusses how parents are portrayed in Swedish social services records on eviction risk and focuses on how these individuals are constructed as clients with regards to notions of financial propriety. The data consist of 37 income support case records, and the analysis of these texts suggests that (dis)ability and economic hardship often constitute two unconnected narratives in these data and that performative features of financial propriety and deservingness are often accentuated in these processes. It is argued that financial difficulties are primarily linked to the client's perceived general inability to handle money, even in cases where the client's cognitive difficulties could be relevant in order to understand the financial situation. On a practical level, this may make it difficult for the client to get proper and proactive support in relation to financial problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Policy Press, 2018
Keywords
income support, deservingness, functionality, propriety, parents
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-356847 (URN)10.1332/204986018X15321001889969 (DOI)000452218500005 ()
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2014-0410
Available from: 2018-08-08 Created: 2018-08-08 Last updated: 2019-01-22Bibliographically approved
Fernqvist, S. (2018). Performing Propriety in Swedish Social Benefits Case Records. In: : . Paper presented at Sociologidagarna Lund 7-9/3 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Performing Propriety in Swedish Social Benefits Case Records
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Drawing on theory and previous research that focuses on moral dimensions and categorization processes in social work practice, this paper discusses how parents are portrayed in Swedish social services records on eviction risk and focuses on how these individuals are constructed as clients with regards to notions of functionality and propriety in relation to financial problems. The data consists of 37 financial aid case records from the social services and the analysis of these texts suggest that (dis)ability and economic hardship often constitute two non-connected narratives in this data and that performative features of financial propriety and deservingness are often accentuated in these processes. It is argued that financial difficulties are primarily linked to the client's perceived negligence, passivity and a general inability to handle money, even in cases where the client's cognitive difficulties could be relevant in order to understand the financial situation. On a practical level, this may make it difficult for the client to get proper and proactive support in relation to the financial problems.

National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360043 (URN)
Conference
Sociologidagarna Lund 7-9/3 2018
Available from: 2018-09-10 Created: 2018-09-10 Last updated: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved
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
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-6504-0877

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