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  • 1.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Barn i boendets prekariat2017Inngår i: PLAN, nr 4, s. 26-29Artikkel i tidsskrift (Annet (populærvitenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 2.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR.
    Book Review: Masoud Kamali and Jessica H. Jönsson (eds) Neoliberalism, Nordic Welfare States and Social Work: Current and Future Challenges2019Inngår i: Critical Social Policy, ISSN 0261-0183, E-ISSN 1461-703X, Vol. 39, nr 2, s. 329-330Artikkel, omtale (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 3.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Descriptions of parents when families risk eviction: Categorizations, explanations and scope for interventions2015Konferansepaper (Annet vitenskapelig)
    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.

  • 4.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR.
    '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 Code2018Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 5.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR. Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    ‘One does one’s best’: performing deservingness in income support case records2018Inngår i: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 6, nr 3, s. 329-343Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 6.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR.
    Performing Propriety in Swedish Social Benefits Case Records2018Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 7.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    “She has chosen not to pay rent” – conceptualizing financial diligence and parental responsibilities in relation to eviction risk2016Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 8.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR.
    Social Work Or Bureaucracy? Administrators’ Perspectives On The Handling Of Maintenance Support After The  Amendments In The 2016 Swedish Social Insurance Code2018Inngår i: Women, vulnerability and welfare services, 2018Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    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 and administrators 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 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 which is partly due to administrative routines and the administrators’ attitude towards discussing these issues.

  • 9. Fernqvist, Stina
    Social workers as street-level-bureaucrats in processes of financial aid and eviction risk among families in Sweden2017Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In the Swedish welfare state, assessment of applications regarding benefits for rent costs varies greatly between municipalities. This could partly be explained by formulations in the legislation but also by the inherent discretion in social work practice.  This study focuses on practices of categorization in processes of eviction risk among families, where there are indications of parental cognitive difficulties. The paper in question aims at exploring social workers’ discretionary approaches in these client interactions, and specifically how indications of cognitive difficulties are handled in relation to financial problems. This paper highlights how they, as street-level-bureaucrats (Lipsky, 1980), define and assess these clients’ needs of support but also how they view their professional role and the scope for interventions regarding parental impairments in relation to need for income support.

    This qualitative analysis is based on a small section of the above-mentioned study, consisting of interviews with nine social workers in different units of the social welfare agency, who encounter families in eviction risk and use discretion in their exercise of public authority. The tentative findings show that although the interviewees note that cognitive difficulties may partly explain the need for income support on a general level, the strategies to 1) address indications of impairments, 2) emphasize the possible correlations between impairments and the financial problems and 3) adjust the process and/or offer alternative interventions vary greatly, which among other things suggest that the social workers may not get a full account of their clients’ situation which in turn may affect the access to proper support.

  • 10.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Social workers as street-level-bureaucrats in processes of financial aid and eviction risk among families in Sweden2017Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 11.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR.
    Street-level bureaucracy and categorization processes in social workers’ encounters with parents who have financial and cognitive difficulties2018Inngår i: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
    Abstract [en]

    In the Swedish welfare state, assessment of applications regarding benefits for rent costs varies greatly between municipalities which could partly be explained by the inherent discretion in social work practice. This study focuses on practices of categorisation in processes of eviction risk among families, where there are indications of parental cognitive difficulties. The present article aims at exploring social workers’ discretionary approaches in these client interactions, and specifically how indications of cognitive difficulties are handled in relation to financial problems. This paper highlights how they, as street-level-bureaucrats, define and assess these particular clients’ needs of support but also how they view their professional role and the scope for interventions regarding parental impairments in relation to need for income support.

    This qualitative analysis is based on interviews with 10 social workers in different units of the social welfare agency, who in their work encounter families in eviction risk due to financial problems. The findings show that although the interviewees note that cognitive difficulties may partly explain the need for income support on a general level, the strategies to address indications of such difficulties and adjust the process and/or offer alternative interventions to suit the clients needs vary.

  • 12.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen, Centrum för socialt arbete - CESAR.
    ‘This Is What We’ve Ended Up In, So To Speak’: Administrators’ Perspectives On Their Professional Role After Changes In Child Maintenance Regulation In Sweden2019Inngår i: 14 th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), 2019Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 13. Fernqvist, Stina
    ‘This Is What We’ve Ended Up In, So To Speak’: Administrators’ Perspectives On Their Professional Role After Changes In Child Maintenance Regulation In Sweden2019Inngår i: 14th Conference of the European Sociological Association (ESA), August 20-23, Manchester, UK, 2019Konferansepaper (Fagfellevurdert)
    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.

  • 14.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    ”Ytterligare hinder på en redan snårig väg” : Om socialtjänstens möten med föräldrar som harekonomiska och kognitiva svårigheter2017Rapport (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 15. Fernqvist, Stina
    et al.
    Näsman, Elisabet
    Ekonomiskt våld och barns utsatthet2008Inngår i: Barns röster om våld: Att tolka och förstå / [ed] Eriksson Maria, Källström Cater Åsa, Dahlkild-Öhman Gunilla, Näsman Elisabet, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2008, 1, s. 158-177Kapittel i bok, del av antologi (Annet vitenskapelig)
  • 16.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Näsman, Elisabet
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen.
    Välfärdsstatens logik?: Erfarenheter från föräldrar med kognitiva och ekonmiska svårigheter2016Inngår i: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 23, nr 1, s. 1-18Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert)
  • 17.
    Fernqvist, Stina
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Institutet för bostads- och urbanforskning (IBF).
    Näsman, Elisabet
    Uppsala universitet, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten, Sociologiska institutionen.
    Ponton von Gerber, Christina
    Det osynliga barnet i biståndsärenden2008Inngår i: Advokaten, Vol. 74, nr 1Artikkel i tidsskrift (Annet (populærvitenskap, debatt, mm))
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