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Swedish welfare responses to ethnicity: the case of children and their families
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. (Childhood adversity)
2010 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 13, no 1, 19-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on issues of racism and ethnic discrimination in the operation of the Swedish child welfare system and the broader societal context. It draws primarily upon a qualitative study which explored discourses about ethnicity, gender and age within the Swedish child welfare system but also uses some data from several recent transnational European studies. It suggests that the Swedish welfare system may be far less benign in challenging racism and ethnic discrimination than it is when assessed along more 'mainstream' comparative measures associated with poverty alleviation or issues of work in the labour market and home. The article notes that very similar findings occur when gendered violence to women and children is placed in focus rather than ethnicity. Finally some tentative possible explanations for these welfare patterns are suggested as the basis for future research and elaboration.

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Taylor & Francis, 2010. Vol. 13, no 1, 19-34 p.
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Comparative; Individualism; Collectivism; Qualitative
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Social Work Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-119699DOI: 10.1080/13691450903135659ISI: 000282924200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-119699DiVA: diva2:300694
Svensk titel: Svenska välfärdssvar på etnicitet: barn och deras familjerAvailable from: 2010-02-28 Created: 2010-02-28 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved

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