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  • 151.
    Norrman, Linda
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Rach, Christin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Att leva som man lär?: en socialpsykologisk studie om samspelet mellan miljöchefens privata och professionella roll och förväntningarna hen möts av.2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the transition towards a sustainable development the private sector plays an important role. Key actors in this process are environmental managers. The purpose of the study is to examine the interplay between environmental managers' private and professional role, the expectations they encounter and how these are managed. This research area is previously unexplored and the environmental manager is rarely in focus of academic studies. To bridge this gap, our chapter on previous research focuses on adjacent findings. Our theoretical framework is Goffman and the dramaturgical perspective, Eriksson and social interaction, and Festinger and cognitive dissonance. Empirical data was collected through ten semi-structured interviews with theoretically sampled environmental managers in Sweden. We found that all managers have some type of undistinguishable roles and structural factors emerge as crucial for the interplay of roles. All managers in the study face a wide range of expectations related to their career choice. The expectations are mainly managed through: non-acceptance and no change in behaviour, or acceptance and change of behaviour. Expectations and how they are managed sees no boundaries, flowing freely between the private and the professional role.

  • 152.
    Nylund, Lotta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Ett blodigt drama": Hur dramaturgin ser ut i en blodgivningssituation2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 153.
    Nyström, Anne-Sofie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Jackson, Carolyn
    Lancaster University.
    Coping with higher educational expectations: Gender, class and unequal challenges in prestigious context2016Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There has been a tendency in social science research to focus on disadvantaged groups, while their privileged counterparts - who are often cast as successful and ‘having it all’ - are seldom subject to scrutiny. Recently, however, there have been calls to focus more attention on elite groups and contexts for two main reasons. First, to shed more light on how elite cultures and spaces are maintained and reinforced, and also might be challenged. Second, because there is increasing evidence that the pressures and demands on many middle-class young people are having substantial detrimental effects on their wellbeing. Such pressures are seen to be linked to, among other things: heightening expectations about what constitutes educational and financial ‘success’; shifting economic climates and related insecurities; and the increasing importance of academic credentials.

    In this paper we explore the challenges of coping with high-status and competitive undergraduate programmes in elite contexts where top-achievements are generally taken for granted. We consider how different learning and social contexts are related to students’ experiences of stress, and what kinds of coping strategies are available and used by different groups of students. We discuss the extra challenges faced by disadvantaged students in these contexts, and also the implications for promoting social justice through education. 

    We draw upon data from a large, ongoing, three-year (2015-2018), cross-national (Sweden and England) comparative interview project that investigates how constructions of masculinities and student identities inform strategies for coping with risks of academic failure and/or striving for success. The project focuses on three elite undergraduate programmes: Medicine, Law and Engineering. Data are being generated by observations, focus group interviews and individual interviews with students and staff.

  • 154.
    Nyström, Anne-Sofie
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Jackson, Carolyn
    Lancaster University.
    Salminen Karlsson, Minna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Gender Research.
    Reflections of and about success and failure: Gender and academic achievement in three Swedish educational elite contexts2016In: Symposum: Negotiating self and higher education: Exploring gendered identityprocesses in relation to choices and learning among undergraduates, 2016Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 155.
    Nyström Campos, Jennifer
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Gussman Lennström, Elin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Självutveckling mot narcissism?: En studie av svensk självhjälpslitteratur och dess budskap2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate if a selection of best-selling self-help literature focusing on self-development contained narcissistic messages. The study is based on previous studies which analyzed narcissism from a psychological as well as a sociologic perspective. Research concerning self-help literature has also been used in the study. Content analysis has been applied to the material. The empiric selection consisted of three popular Swedish self-help books. The material has been analyzed from a sociologic perspective by using Eric Fromm’s theories on freedom, the individuation process, selfishness and ideals as well as Erving Goffman’s dramaturgical perspective. The result showed that the chosen self-help literature contained messages that on their own could be interpreted as rational and sound. The reader was encouraged to focus on itself, be goal-oriented and learn how to manage the own self and its weaknesses. The texts conveyed that self-respect and empathy were necessary conditions for achieving happiness. In summary, some messages that in interplay encouraged narcissism were found. In the end it was concluded that the literature conveyed narcissistic messages, where the line between healthy and unhealthy in how the readers were encouraged to put themselves first, use relations, set their own goals as well as pursuing happiness and success, wasn’t obvious.

  • 156.
    Olovsson, Hanna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Om gränsdragning på den digitala arenan: En kvalitativ studie om gränsen mellan privat och offentligt på Internet2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Name of paper: Regarding Boundaries at the Digital Arena - A qualitative study concerning Private and Public on the Internet 

    The purpose of this study is to explore the boundaries between private and public sphere on the Internet based on three interviews. The main questions are: “Is there a border between private and public sphere on the Internet and in that case, where?”; “What do people want to protect from prying eyes and why?” and “How widespread is the awareness of personal privacy on the Internet?”  Theory includes a historical overview of how the private and public sphere has developed over the years and how they today seem to overlap. Everyday life decisions about where to draw the lines are here being examined along with how people behave online and how they form their identities. G. H. Meads theories on I and Me and the significant others as well as Foucault’s understanding of panopticon are also brought up. The result of this survey shows that there is no definite line between private and public and that individuals instead base their borders on factors such as situation in life, social norms and external commercial influences. The participants also show a large awareness concerning secrecy.

  • 157.
    Olsson, Hanna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    För barnets bästa?: Om framställningen av barnet, föräldrarna och insatsen unmgängesstöd i vårdnadstvister2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 158.
    Olsson, Magnus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Nollning som generator för sociala möten och gemenskap.2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 159.
    Orfali Hurinenko, Kateryna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Identitetsprocesser hos invandrade gifta kurdiska män2009Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 160.
    Orfali Hurinenko, Kateryna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Konstruktion av verkligheten hos invandrade kvinnor i interkulturella parrelationer2010Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 161.
    Persson, Beatrice
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    ”Damhockey är inget kuddkrig”: Upprätthållande och ifrågasättande av sunt förnuft i svensk sportmedia2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Damhockeyspelare hyllas inte lika ofta som herrhockeyspelare i sportmedia. Tidigare forskning tyder istället på att damidrottare oavsett sport sexualiseras och trivialiseras. Den här studien har undersökt hur svensk sportmedia konstruerar damhockey, specifikt i relation till herrhockey. Det teoretiska ramverket utgick från diskursteori och genusteori. Med hjälp av diskursanalys undersöktes artiklar, bloggar och krönikor ur två kvällstidningar, två TV-kanaler och Svensk Radios sportsektion. Resultatet visar att svensk sportmedia konstruerar damhockey som ett problem på olika sätt, varav det mest förekommande är att svensk damhockey inte tar medaljer för att det svenska damlandslaget inte har utvecklingsmöjligheter eller resurser. De svenska damhockeyspelarna utmålas som offer för omständigheter för vilka andra bär ansvar. Antingen framställs damhockeyspelarna som tuffa och ödmjuka hjältinnor som ger upp sina liv för att få spela hockey eller så framställs de som svaga mentalt. Materialet visar även att mannen är den norm mot vilken damhockey jämförs. De diskurser som fanns i empirin visar att damhockey konstant jämförs med något förgivettaget, som den inte kan mäta sig med: herrhockeyn. Även om ett ifrågasättande av herrhockeyn som norm görs, upprätthålls samtidigt denna syn som sunt förnuft.

  • 162.
    Persson, Madelene
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Samhälleligt engagemang: En kvalitativ studie om meningsskapandet av tre unga vuxnas humanitära samhällsengagemang i dagens Sverige2011Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 163.
    Pettersson, Fredrik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Stigma beskriver förtryck, queer ifrågasätter förtryck: En socialpsykologisk begreppsstudie av stigma och queer2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 164.
    Pettersson Hallman, Jon
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Att vara student och arbetstagare: En studie om studenter som jobbar vid sidan om sina studier och deras multipla roller, upplevda stress och känslohantering.2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 165.
    Pettersson, Åsa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Ut ur garderoben: En interaktionistisk studie om att komma ut som homosexuell2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 166.
    Pocrnja, Carmen
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Genas, Sofia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Könsidentitet i samband med könssegregerade rum: En kvalitativ studie om transpersoners upplevelser2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Transpersoner i Sverige är en grupp som i hög grad drabbas av psykisk ohälsa och tidigare forskning vittnar om att vardagssituationer för dem många gånger kan vara förknippade med svårigheter, diskriminering och ifrågasättande. Studiens syfte är att ur ett socialpsykologiskt perspektiv undersöka transpersoners upplevelser av könssegregerade toaletter och omklädningsrum i offentligheten, med utgångspunkt i informanternas reflektioner kring sin könsidentitet. Kvalitativa intervjuer har använts som metod, grundat i en hermeneutisk tolkning. Urvalet består av åtta transpersoner med skilda könsidentiteter. Ett teoretiskt ramverk grundat i symbolisk interaktionism i kombination med genusteori ligger till grund för analysen. George Herbert Meads teori om identiteten som något i ständig utveckling, i symbios med Judith Butler som i sin teori menar att kön ständigt görs i samband med omgivningen, används för att analysera informanternas upplevelser med interaktioner i fokus. Resultatet visar att informanterna upplever en ökad granskning och ifrågasättande i könssegregerade rum, vilket ökar deras självmedvetenhet och uppbådar obehag. Könssegregerade rum upplevs som otrygga och kännetecknas av en ovisshet om andras attityder och kunskap kring trans, vilket därmed innebär en risk för ifrågasättande och våld. Informanterna upplever inte att deras uppfattning om sin könsidentitet påverkas av andras bemötande, men det har en inverkan på välmåendet. 

  • 167.
    Polmé, Elina
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Myrsten, Ebba
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Det är ett helt annorlunda liv. Det är två liv.": En fenomenologisk studie om personer med förvärvade funktionshinders livsvärld2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Sammanfattning

    Funktionshinder är något som uppstår i mötet med ett otillgängligt samhälle. Personer med funktionsnedsättningar utesluts och marginaliseras som en följd av detta. Denna studie handlar om personer med förvärvade funktionshinder och deras erfarenheter av att möta en värld genom deras "nya kroppar". Med utgångspunkt i Maurice Merleau-Pontys teori kring kroppens fenomenologi och den levda kroppen samt med en kompletterande identitetsteori från Richard Jenkins närmar vi oss fenomenet genom kvalitativa intervjuer med personer med förvärvade funktionshinder. Analysmetoden utgörs av Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Studien visar att livet idag är annorlunda och att det är i mötet med världen personerna blir påminda om sitt funktionshinder, på grund av hinder och ohanterliga föremål i vardagen. En betydande variation hittades i bekantskapskretsen. Att acceptera och se rullstolen som en förlängning av kroppen är en process som tar tid. Varseblivningen är annorlunda på grund av att perceptionen har ändrats i och med det förvärvade funktionshindret.

  • 168.
    Ranerås, Hugo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Skoldemokratiens Problem: I socialpsykologisk belysning2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 169.
    Ranerås, Hugo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Ungdom, Utbildning, Postmodernitet: En socialpsykologisk intervjustudie med elevrådsengagerade gymnasieelever2006Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 170.
    Rathsman, Kerstin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Incest: Att bo i en stulen kropp2001Book (Other academic)
  • 171.
    Rathsman, Kerstin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Incesto: vivir en un cuerpo robado2009Book (Other academic)
  • 172.
    Redmalm, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap.
    Biopolitik och husdjurssorg2017In: Fronesis, ISSN 1404-2614, no 56-57, p. 147-159Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 173.
    Redmalm, David
    Örebro universitet, Akademin för humaniora, utbildning och samhällsvetenskap.
    Christian Abrahamsson, Fredrik Palm, Sverre Wide (red.): Sociologik: tio essäer om socialitet och tänkande2011In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 48, no 4, p. 75-78Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 174.
    Redmalm, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Det binäras magi: Om den gemensamma dynamiken i binariteterna svensk/invandrare, man/kvinna, människa/djur, och om möjligheter till motstånd2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 175.
    Redmalm, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap.
    Djur i bur även i hyllade djurparker2012In: Djurens Rätt, ISSN 0345-2409, no 1, p. 36-37Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 176.
    Redmalm, David
    Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap.
    In-your-face-ethics: phenomenology of the face and social psychological animal studies2011In: Undisciplined animals: invitations to animal studies / [ed] Pär Segerdahl, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing , 2011, 1, p. 73-104Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this essay, I show how nonhuman animals can challenge anthropocentric theoretical reflection by their mere gaze. According to the central social psychological thought figure, humans become the individual beings they are in the eyes of others. What happens when those others are nonhuman animals? Instead I show that many social philosophers focusing on the encounter face-to-face have a peculiar fascination for nonhuman animals; it is as if nonhuman animals quietly call attention to themselves as soon as philosophers begin their meditations. In the essay, I especially focus on Emmanuel Lévinas phenomenology of the face. For Lévninas, the meeting face to face is prior to all other forms of sociality. When another being respond to your existence, you become someone in the very invitation to speak. The invitation to speak entails a responsibility to respond and confirm the existence of the other, and therefore, ethics is intimately intertwined with the process of perceiving a notion of self and the meeting face-to-face. While Lévinas argues that we never can decide in advance who has a face and who has not, and that human beings may be bereaved of their faces, Lévinas is not ready to grant a face to a nonhuman animal. This has raised a discussion whether Lévinas is indeed consistent with his own thinking. I show that Lévinas position in relation to nonhuman animals does not follow from his discussion of the phenomenology of the face, but from the things he associate with the word ‘animal’, and from how he uses it to define the human subject.  I suggest that studies of social life cannot define in advance what an ‘other’ is, since the moment where we discover a new face and challenge our notion of ourselves is an integral part of social existence. Since an important aspect of Lévinas face is that it is always prior to the I, then we can never dismiss a possible face in advance. This becomes crucial in relation to nonhuman animals, since they regularly are bereaved of their faces with reference to their animality, even though many people interact face-to-face with nonhuman animals. Consequently, in order not to risk neglecting meaningful interaction, social scientists need an open stance toward possible faces, and they should start by letting nonhuman animals into social science studies in general, and social psychological studies in particular.

  • 177.
    Redmalm, David
    Örebro universitet, Akademin för humaniora, utbildning och samhällsvetenskap.
    Meet a can of meat: on Lévinasian ethics and non-human faces2009Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, I show how nonhuman animals can challenge anthropocentric theoretical reflection only by their gaze. According to the central social psychological thought figure, humans become the individual beings they are in the eyes of others. What happens when those others are nonhuman animals? Instead I show that many social philosophers focusing on the encounter face-to-face have a peculiar fascination for nonhuman animals; it is as if nonhuman animals quietly call attention to themselves as soon as philosophers begin their meditations. In the paper, I especially focus on Emmanuel Lévinas phenomenology of the face. For Lévninas, the meeting face to face is prior to all other forms of sociality. When another being respond to your existence, you become someone in the very invitation to speak. The invitation to speak entails a responsibility to respond and confirm the existence of the other, and therefore, ethics is intimately intertwined with the process of perceiving a notion of self and the meeting face-to-face. While Lévinas argues that we never can decide in advance who has a face and who has not, and that human beings may be bereaved of their faces, Lévinas is not ready to grant a face to a nonhuman animal. This has raised a discussion whether Lévinas is indeed consistent with his own thinking. I show that Lévinas position in relation to nonhuman animals does not follow from his discussion of the phenomenology of the face, but from the things he associate with the word ‘animal’, and from how he uses it to define the human subject.  I suggest that studies of social life cannot define in advance what an ‘other’ is, since the moment where we discover a new face and challenge our notion of ourselves is an integral part of social existence. Since an important aspect of Lévinas face is that it is always prior to the I, then we can never dismiss a possible face in advance. This becomes crucial in relation to nonhuman animals, since they regularly are bereaved of their faces with reference to their animality, even though many people interact face-to-face with nonhuman animals. Consequently, in order not to risk neglecting meaningful interaction, social scientists need an open stance toward possible faces, and they should start by letting nonhuman animals into social science studies in general, and social psychological studies in particular.

  • 178. Redmalm, David
    Review of Humans, Animals and Biopolitics: The More-than-Human Condition, Edited by Kristin Asdal, Tone Druglitrö and Steve Hinchliffe2017In: Nordic Journal of Science and Technology Studies, ISSN 1894-4647, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 38-39Article, book review (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Michel Foucault’s concept of biopolitics captures the way a decentralized form of governing measures and mobilizes life itself through a number of technologies, such as demographics, surveillance and health initiatives, with the aim to prolong and enhance the lives of a population. According to Foucault, this biopolitical form of governing characteristic of modernity implies a detached and technical stance towards individual lives. In short, biopolitics turns individual lives into life as a mass noun. Interestingly, when human life is treated as a resource, human’s self-proclaimed position as the crown of creation is unsettled and humans find themselves part of the same biopolitical nexus as many other animals. The technologies and consequences of the biopolitization of humans and other animals is the subject of the volume Humans, Animals and Biopolitics, edited by Kristin Asdal, Tone Druglitrö and Steve Hinchliffe. It is a book that should be required reading for Foucauldian theorists and human-animal studies scholars alike.

  • 179. Redmalm, David
    Sharing the condition of abandonment: The beastly topology of condolence cards for bereaved pet owners2017In: Animal Places: Lively Cartographies of Human-Animal Relations / [ed] Jacob Bull, Tora Holmberg and Cecilia Åsberg, London and New York: Routledge, 2017, 1, p. 89-114Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter focuses on spatiality in representations of the loss of and grief for companion animals. Giorgio Agamben’s theorization of the distinction between political and bare life is used to analyse around 350 condolence cards for bereaved pet owners. It is shown that the visual emplacement of pets in different contexts in the collection of cards underlines that pets are worth grieving, while at the same time a distance is maintained between humans and other animals. In spite of this distancing, it is argued that the cards have the potential to challenge the normative boundary between grievable and ungrievable life. 

  • 180.
    Redmalm, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
    "So Sorry for the Loss of Your Little Friend": Pets’ Grievability in Condolence Cards for Humans Mourning Animals2016In: Mourning Animals: Rituals and Practices Surrounding Animal Death / [ed] Margo DeMello, East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2016, 1, p. 101-108Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    To send a condolence card is not only to recognize someone’s pain, but to recognize this pain in a specific way, contributing to a shared social understanding what the loss in question might mean to the bereaved person and the people around him or her. While many themes in condolence cards for companion animals resemble ‘human’ condolence cards, these cards also challenge non-human animals’ status as grievable: companion animals are recurrently represented as replaceable to some extent, the loss is sometimes framed as predictable or in other ways manageable, and the many objectifying depictions of non-human bodies in the cards suggest a lack of embodied empathy with non-human animals. Redmalm thus argues that this risks belittling or rejecting the grief for a lost companion animal. On the other, this genre of condolence cards also makes possible ways to represent loss and death in quite explicit ways, challenging the Western taboo around death. Some cards also challenge the hierarchical human/animal distinction, emphasizing non-human animals’ status as kin, in spite of the difference in kind. The chapter concludes by suggesting that condolence cards for bereaved pet owners tend to give non-human animals the status of ‘werewolves’, using Giorgio Agamben’s term for beings existing in the liminal space between grievable and lose-able. Because the cards represent companion animals as being simultaneously grievable and ungrievable—as human and non-human—they accentuate the werewolf status of these beings and the problematic distinction between human and animal. The cards that succeed in recognizing the grief for a ‘werewolf’, the chapter argues, pose a serious challenge to the differential allocation of grievability and the anthropocentric politics of kin and kind.

  • 181.
    Redmalm, David
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Schuurman, Nora
    Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland..
    Scandinavian pet cemeteries as shared spaces of companion animal death2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pets are animals included in the cultural realm, they are often considered family members and, to some extent, the rituals surrounding their death resemble those of human death. Yet, pet owners also conceive of their pets as animals who are guided by their instincts and belong to the realm of nature. Special cemeteries for pets, for instance, have been established in many Western countries since the 19th century. Pet cemeteries are often located in natural environments in rural or peri-urban areas, with a suggested association between animals and nature. These spaces present a specific culture of petkeeping, where remembrance and different material and visual expressions of grief for the death of a companion animal are allowed, encouraged and shared.

    In this presentation, we explore the ways in which companion animal death is performed in pet cemeteries in Scandinavia. Drawing from photographic data collected at selected pet cemeteries in Finland and Sweden, supported by interviews with key informants and information published by cemetery organizations on websites and in newsletters, we explore the material practices and shared spaces of mourning and remembrance. In Scandinavia, the popularity of second homes is high, which means that many owners choose to bury their animal companion on private land. Cremation services for pets are also widely used by owners. In this context, pet cemeteries can be understood as spaces where the mourning is shared between pet owners. The grave of a pet is individually marked and has an identity that makes it both similar to and different from other graves. 

    In our study, we investigate different practices and rituals related to animal death at pet cemeteries. We focus on the use of items such as headstones, statues, and pictures, with attached verses and other verbal remembrance at the grave. We also pay attention to rules and norms prevalent at the cemeteries, as well as to the role of religion and related use of the cross and figures such as angels. We suggest that in these spaces pets are simultaneously grieved as human-like friends and family members, and as nonhuman others. Pet cemeteries thus mirror humans’ ambivalent status to nonhuman animals and to the idea of nature.

  • 182.
    Redmalm, David
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
    Skoglund, Annika
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Technology, Department of Engineering Sciences, Industrial Engineering & Management.
    Berglund, Karin
    Företagsekonomiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet.
    ”Yeah! We’re Open”: Transdimensional Openness in Alternative Entrepreneurship2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The present ethnographic study explores the dynamics of “inside” and “outside” in diversity management and CSR. In focus is the Hungarian IT-company Prezi that engages in social issues such as gender equality, LGBT rights and anti-racism. Openness is Prezi’s watchword; by referring to themselves as open, the company aims to attract employees and foster a creative work process. Yet, to establish this openness, new insides and outsides need to be created. The study uses the work of Giorgio Agamben to trace the production of openness in various dimensions of the enterprise: boundaries between work and spare time, categorical divisions, organizational borders, and walls and other barriers in the office landscape. It is argued that while Prezi’s constellation of various types of openness is an efficient tool for social impact, the company’s production of transdimensional openness risks depoliticizing urgent social issues.

  • 183.
    Reinedahl, Erika
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Öckinger, Valentin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Det är inte bara i ditt huvud": En kvalitativ studie om ickebinära transpersoners upplevelser av sina könsidentiteter2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 184.
    Rochow, Kathrin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Show me your playlist and i tell you who you are": An investigation of the social psychological foundation of musical playlists2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 185.
    Rochow, Kathrin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    “Show me your playlist and I tell you who you are”: An investigation of the social psychological foundation of musical playlists2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In the age of social networking and music streaming, playlists are a common tool for organizing,sharing or exchanging music in the digital realm. Most research, however, emphasizes mainlypolitical, legal, and ethical constraints of music sharing practices yet, neglects their social impact.Thus, this paper investigates the social-psychological foundation of the playlist and analyses itsfunctionality in establishing social relations and communication. Following the theories of Cooley,Mead, Simmel and Solomon, I conducted and analysed interviews with young Swedish men andwomen, in which they talked about their experiences and attitudes towards playlists. Moreover, allparticipants compiled their own personal playlist, based on certain personality traits, which wereaimed to be recognized by the others during the focus group discussion. The analysis of the datayields the following conclusions: The playlist is a social object, facilitating new forms ofcommunication. The social nature of the playlist is based on the transformation from objective- intosubjective culture. By internalizing new technologies, such as the playlist, objects gain social value,thus mere musical content becomes a social form. It is through sharing and exchanging musicalcompilations that the playlist, as a social form, serves as a vehicle or medium, facilitating newforms of sociation and communication. The communicative function of the playlist is due to itsconstruction through emotions as uniquely subjective judgements, based on the “I” as an emotionalself-feeling. Thus, musical compilations take part in the self-construction process, and can serve asa tool for the symbolic expression of the self.Moreover, the analysis points out that there are differences in how well certain parts of the self canbe communicated by a playlist. Emotional expressions of the self are translated into particularuniversal music patterns most successfully. Furthermore, the analysis shows that some people liketo browse through the playlists of others and judge them thereupon, which results in some type ofmusical voyeurism, termed “playlistism.” In conclusion, I argue that the musical playlist is both,socially implicated and socially implicating, and facilitates communication not only betweenSwedish youth but across cultural boarders.

  • 186.
    Rosling, Fanny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Konfliktundvikande eller trygg vid det jobbiga samtalet?: En kvalitativ studie om chefers upplevelser av hur kunskaper från deras tidigare utbildningar kan tänkas påverka deras ageranden vid konfliktrelaterade samtal med medarbetare2013Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Workplace conflicts is a difficult subject that tends to result in consequences for both employees and managers in organizations. Since I consider myself to have experienced insecutity and frustration among managers when faced with conflict-related conversations, I thought about how it could be possible that the seemingly well-educated managers acted in such a manner. In order to approach an understanding of the phenomenon, I decided to conduct a study of managers subjective perceptions of how their education served as support for conflict-related conversations with employees. And to explore how managers experiences and behavior may have been influenced by education. The fact that managers personal experiences were of interest, was qualitative interviews carried out. The study has mainly been analyzed in relation to Erving Goffman's dramaturgical perspective, that resembles people at work as actors on a stage. The results of the analysis showed that there was a demand for specific courses in conflict management within the managers who considered themselves lacking in such training. It also turned out to be tendencies that the managers that felt they where lacking in specific training in conflict management, felt like they had conflict avoidance behaviors. While the managers who felt like they had adequate training experienced themselves as secure in their role in conflict-related conversations with employees.

  • 187.
    Rouzbahani, Elli
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Den tredje generationen: Hur ett antal unga i Iran konstruerar sin verklighet2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 188.
    Rydqvist, Jenny
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Mognad. begåvning och formell kompetens räcker det för att bli chef?2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 189.
    Räterlinck, Lennart Eric Henry
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    "Intill den totala avsaknaden av jag": Om aggressiviteten, narcissismen och den imaginära relationen till vår nästa2017In: Vem är rädd för Lacan? / [ed] Erik Bryngelsson & Cecilia Sjöholm, Stockholm: TankeKraft förlag , 2017, p. 187-215Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Ur antologins inledning:"Hur förklarar vi den mänskliga aggressionen mot nästan? Varför söker vi förstöra vår andre, vår medmänniska? För Freud var detta den stora fråga som upptog honom mot slutet av hans liv. Hos Lacan återfinns inte frågeställningen inom samma historiska ramar (andra världskriget, nazismens förföljelser etc.). Dessa referenser finns dock med implicit, genom hänvisningarna till Freud, och den mänskliga destruktiviteten är en bakgrund till många av Laxans idéer. Det gäller inte minst frågan om hur aggression och försvar hänger samman, ett samband som diskuteras i Lennart E. H. Räterlincks "'Intill den totala avsaknaden av jag': Om aggressiviteten, narcissismen och den imaginära relationen till vår nästa". Här påvisas hur ytterligare ett av Lacans grundbegrepp - det imaginära - kan förstås och användas i relation till analysen av jaget som en skör konstruktion. Genom att gå tillbaka till hur Lacan beskriver jagets uppkomst som medierat genom imaginära föreställningar kan vi se inte bara hur jagets självförståelse nödvändigtvis är ett självbedrägeri, utan även hur ett förfrämligat jagblivande medför aggressiva projektioner."

  • 190.
    Räterlinck, Lennart Eric Henry
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    The Thrill of the Real: Enjoyment and the Void of the Subject2011In: / [ed] Vessela Misheva, 2011Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 191.
    Rånge, Irene
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Föreställningar om moderskapet: Föreställningar om moderskapet före och efter barnets födelse2005Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 192.
    Saidac, William
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Sällsynt Päron: individualisering och biografiska motsättningar i en ung förälders blogg2015Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studies syfte är att utifrån ett diskurspsykologiskt perspektiv undersöka biografiska motsättningar i en ung förälders självreflexiva berättande på en blogg. Specifikt ämnar denna studie att undersöka motsättningar mellan arbete och familj. Detta görs i ljuset av Giddens teoretiska ramverk över själv-identitet i ett sen-modernt samhälle samt Becks teori om standardiserade biografier därtill Beck & Beck-Gernsheim teori om kärleken som religion i det sen-moderna sekulariserade samhället, för att tala om institutionernas ökade förväntningar på föräldraskap och efterlevnad av den standardiserade biografin. Med hjälp av diskurspsykologiska analysverktyg undersöks hanterande av motsättningar mellan arbete och familj i språket. Därtill undersöks relationen mellan förväntningar på föräldraskap av motsättningar mellan arbete och familj utifrån den unge förälderns situation. Resultatet visade ett språkligt hanterande utav ideologiska dilemman som kommer utav motsättningar mellan arbete och familj där aktörerna i språket skapar och omförhandlar kategorier för föräldraskap och positionerar sig emot dessa i språket. Detta förhandlande är en form av själv-reflexivt hanterande utav risker vars riskbedömningar grundas på experters kunskaper. I denna omförhandling av kategorier så kan det finnas diskurser givna av experter för hur vi ska lösa dilemman på ett sätt som organiserar våra liv efter ett särskilt förfarande, men aktörer kan också välja att göra själv-reflexiva bedömningar grundat på kunskaper ifrån alternativa auktoriteter för att försvara sitt själv-reflexiva planerande. Resultatet kan inte bevisa ett direkt diskursivt organiserande efter en särskild standardiserad biografi, utan främst handlar den unge förälderns dilemma om motsättningar mellan arbete och familj som sådant.  Mer forskning behövs för att undersöka om samband mellan den standardiserade biografin och motsättningar mellan arbete och familj finns eller ej.

  • 193.
    Salles, Arleen
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics.
    Evers, Kathinka
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics.
    Social Neuroscience and Neuroethics: A Fruitful Synergy2017In: Neuroscience and Social Science: The Missing Link / [ed] A. Ibáñez et al. (eds.), Springer, 2017, p. 531-546Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Social neuroscience is shedding new light on the relationship between the brain and its environments. In the process, and despite criticism from the social sciences, the field is contributing to the discussion of long-standing controversies concerning, for example, the "nature-nurture" distinction and the relationships between social and neurobiological structures.

    In this chapter, we argue that in this endeavor social neuroscience would benefit from partnering with neuroethics insofar as their respective areas and methods of explanation are complementary rather than in competition. We provide a richer account of neuroethics than the one given in social neuroscientists' common descriptions of that field and suggest that, when understood in this richer (and in our view more adequate) fashion, neuroethics may open up productive avenues for research and play a key role in allowing us to determine social neuroscience's contribution to unveiling important epistemological as well as ontological notions. Accordingly, social neuroscience and neuroethics may form a constructive partnership.

  • 194.
    Saltin, Linnea
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    P-pillerdiskursen och jämställdhet: En kvalitativ studie i hur unga kvinnor talar om p-piller2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 195.
    Sandberg, Jonatan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    "Glöm inte vem du är": En kvalitativ studie om yrkesidentifikation inom polisen2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Ett införlivande av yrkesrollen och en identifikation utefter denna är något som händer många individer, speciellt vid dem tillfällen yrket kräver mycket av individens engagemang och tillförlitlighet. Studien syftar till att undersöka yrkesgruppen polis och hantering och möjliga strategier som kommer med det komplexa yrket, och då specifikt upplevelsen av närmandet mellan yrkesliv och privatliv. Även att se om olika strategier för hantering och gränsdragning mellan yrkesliv och privatliv existerar. I denna studie har en kvalitativ metod tillämpats och en intervjustudie inom poliskåren utgör det empiriska material som studien baserar sig på. Materialet har i sin tur analyserats utefter valda teorier inom Goffmans dramaturgiska perspektiv i samband med en teori om individens befinnande i en mittenregion. Den tidigare forskningen kring ämnesområdet har tillfört en större förståelse och kunskap kring polisens arbete. Resultatet visar på att den otydliga gränsen mellan yrkesliv och privatliv är något som existerar hos poliser och att det inte är den fysiska platsen denne befinner sig på som bestämmer vilken region polisen befinner sig i, utan snarare att det är beteende relaterat. Resultat från studien visar att inträdandet i en mittenregion hjälper poliserna i deras arbete genom att distinktioner lättare skapas mellan yrkesliv och privatliv. Inträdandet i mittenregionen kan anses som en mer omedveten strategi för att inte extremerna mellan sfärerna ska skapa komplikationer i gränsdragningen hos polisen. Kollegornas betydelse för individen är något som visar sig på många olika sätt i resultatet, främst kan det med en bra relation och förhållande till kollegorna hjälpa individen i gränsdragningen och då framför allt i det kanske mer medvetna strategin om att separera yrkesliv och privatliv och på det sättet inte ta med arbete till det privata.

  • 196.
    Sandstedt, Elin
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Vilken betydelse har karisma i dagens samhälle?: En socialkonstruktivistisk studie av karisma i självhjälpslitteratur2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Charisma has for long been the object for admiration and fascination among people, including myself. It has, however, been very difficult to settle for an appropriate definition of charisma since the nature of the phenomenon can be described as being quite abstract. I have in an attempt to explore the dimensions of charisma chosen to investigate its meaning in today’s society. The main goal with the investigation has been to see how the concept of charisma is constructed within a given social context, which in this case constitutes of self-help books on how to develop a charismatic personality. A few of the primary questions behind this investigation concerns how charisma is constructed within the literature, how the representation of charisma in the books leads to the development of subjects and to see whether changes within the society has contributed to a change in the meaning of charisma. The investigation is, among other things, based on Weber’s definition of the “genuine” charisma as well as several other theories and studies concerning charisma which have tried to deduce the origin of the subject. I have in relation to this analyzed charisma from the view of the social constructivist perspective, with the help of discourse analysis, and found that the two self-help books I have studied constructs charisma as a multidimensional phenomenon which everyone has the ability to develop. In addition to this discovery I also found that the result from the investigation indicates that a decentralization of power in today’s society has come to influence how charisma is constructed today.

    Title: What significance does charisma have in society today? – A study done from the social constructivist perspective concerning charisma in self-help literature.

    Charisma has for long been the object for admiration and fascination among people, including myself. It has, however, been very difficult to settle for an appropriate definition of charisma since the nature of the phenomenon can be described as being quite abstract. I have in an attempt to explore the dimensions of charisma chosen to investigate its meaning in today’s society. The main goal with the investigation has been to see how the concept of charisma is constructed within a given social context, which in this case constitutes of self-help books on how to develop a charismatic personality. A few of the primary questions behind this investigation concerns how charisma is constructed within the literature, how the representation of charisma in the books leads to the development of subjects and to see whether changes within the society has contributed to a change in the meaning of charisma. The investigation is, among other things, based on Weber’s definition of the “genuine” charisma as well as several other theories and studies concerning charisma which have tried to deduce the origin of the subject. I have in relation to this analyzed charisma from the view of the social constructivist perspective, with the help of discourse analysis, and found that the two self-help books I have studied constructs charisma as a multidimensional phenomenon which everyone has the ability to develop. In addition to this discovery I also found that the result from the investigation indicates that a decentralization of power in today’s society has come to influence how charisma is constructed today.

  • 197.
    Schuurman, Nora
    et al.
    Karelian Institute, University of Eastern Finland.
    Redmalm, David
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    My Friend Who Never Let Me Down: Ambiguous Emotions at Pet Cemeteries2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Pets are liminal creatures: they are regarded as friends and family while they are, at the same time, considered to be belongings. Violence against pets is highly socially stigmatizing in most contexts, but at the same time, owners of companion animals may chose to end their pets’ lives without facing legal charges. There is a general idea, present both in research and popular culture, of a widespread norm against strong emotional responses to the passing of a pet. The reason would be that pets are not considered fully human, and grieving pets in a way similar to human mourning would challenge the boundary between humans and other animals. Yet, there are numerous products and services specifically designed for bereaved pet owners: condolence cards, bereavement counseling, popular psychology books—and pet cemeteries. Through an ethnographic study of pet cemeteries in Sweden, Finland and Norway, we show how pets’ ambiguous status is conveyed through tombstones, decorations and the practices of cemetery visits. Relying on photographs, field notes, interviews with key informants, and the studied pet cemetery organizations’ documentation, we explore the material and meaning-making practices that make these places possible. We suggest that these spaces enable a double sense of pets’ life: pets are simultaneously grieved as human-like friends and family members through anthropocentric gestures, and as nonhuman others through innovative and norm-challenging ways of grieving. Drawing on Judith Butler’s writing on grief, and Giorgio Agambens’ conceptualization of “the animal,” we discuss how practices at pet cemeteries convey abstract and sometimes ambiguous understandings of what life is.

  • 198.
    Selander, Britta
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Dåligt samvete: En kvalitativ studie om mödrars dåliga samvete2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 199.
    Selenius, Inana
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    “Lite maskulint är ju jobbet i sig”: En socialpsykologisk studie om uniformens betydelse för polisens rollskapande och performativa handlingar2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna studie har syftat till att undersöka polisuniformen som bärs av ingripande poliser i yttre tjänst. Detta har studerats med teorier från socialpsykologin samt genusvetenskapen med Mead, Blumer, Butler, Connell och Goffman. Metoden som använts är kvalitativa fokusgruppsintervjuer som gjorts med yrkesutövande poliser. Vid intervjuerna användes ett stimulimaterial som visades för informanterna. De resultat som kan utläsas från empirin är att de intervjuade poliserna är väl medvetna om vilka signaler de sänder till allmänheten när de bär uniform. Det framkommer även att poliserna använder sig av uniformen vid mötet med allmänheten och har en förmåga att kunna göra olika anpassningar av den samme. Vidare pekar resultatet på att uniformen kan uppfattas som normativt maskulint kodad och att detta spelar in i mötet med allmänheten.

  • 200.
    Sell, Hanna
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Det händer alla: Socialiseringens övergångsperiod ur ett normaliserande perspektiv2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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