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‘This Is What We’ve Ended Up In, So To Speak’: Administrators’ Perspectives On Their Professional Role After Changes In Child Maintenance Regulation In Sweden
2019 (English)In: 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), August 20-23, Manchester, UK, 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This study explores the effects of the amendments in the Swedish legislation that governs maintenance support transactions between separated parents, which became effective in 2016, through the perspectives of administrators at the governmental authority Social Insurance Agency (SIA). These amendments imply that maintenance support should to a larger extent be transformed into maintenance allowance, whereby the handling of maintenance is transferred from the 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 or threats from one parent to the other may complicate these processes and if a parent claims that s/he has been exposed to such abuse, this can be viewed as grounds for continuing maintenance transactions via the SIA. This means that the administrators to a much larger extent have to incorporate the discourse of intimate partner violence in their work after the implementation of the amendments.

 

The study that this paper is a part of aims at exploring 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. Drawing on interviews with ten SIA administrators across Sweden, this paper analyses and discusses how the administrators conceptualize the changes in their work and how the strategies they deploy in order to navigate in this in many respects new problem complex may be viewed as a form of boundary work since the administrators’ work moves closer to a social work paradigm as a result of the amendments.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-391964OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-391964DiVA, id: diva2:1346047
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Europe And Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers And Belonging
Available from: 2019-08-27 Created: 2019-08-27 Last updated: 2019-08-27

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