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  • 1. Ahmadi, Fereshteh
    Coping with Cancer in Sweden: a Search for Meaning2015Collection (editor) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The present book is a result of a several interconnected studies; sociological qualitative and quantitative research on individuals stricken by cancer as well as a study within caring sciences focusing on nurses working in cancer care. The aim of the book is to diversify the current research in the field of meaning-making coping.

    The sociological qualitative study aimed at investigating the prevalence of religious and spiritually oriented coping methods used by cancer patients in Sweden, which serves as an example of societies in which religion is not an integrated part of the social life of individuals. The study showed the existence of a strong tendency among informants towards relying primarily on themselves for solving problems related to their disease instead of on other sources such as God. The results indicated also the importance of those coping methods which are related to nature and in this way emphasized the impact of culture on coping.

    The qualitative study among oncology nurses shows that the dominant coping strategy is boundary demarcation. Religious coping is dominated by basic trust and prayer and can provide support.

    The aim of the sociological quantitative study was to examine the extent to which the results obtained in the qualitative study among cancer patients were applicable to a wider population of cancer patients in Sweden. The result showed that the three most important coping methods used by the informants were related to nature.

  • 2.
    Ahmadi, Fereshteh
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Culture, Religion and Spirituality in Coping: The Example of Cancer patients in Sweden2006Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent research has shown significant associations (negative and positive) between religious and spiritual factors and mental health. Much of this research, however, has been conducted in the US, where religion is an integrated part of most people’s lives. Other studies on religious and spiritually oriented coping conducted outside the US have also focused on religious people. Yet many are non-believers, and many believers do not consider themselves religious, i.e. religion is not an important part of their life. There are also societies in which the dominant culture and ways of thinking dismiss the role of religion in people’s lives. Research on religious coping rarely takes these people into consideration. This book is based on a research project aimed at identifying the religious and spiritually oriented coping methods used by cancer patients in Sweden as an example of societies where religion is not an integrated part of the social life of individuals. The empirical data for the study were based on interviews with cancer patients. Fifty-one interviews were conducted in various parts of Sweden with patients suffering from different types of cancer. The chosen method was semi-structured interviews. Based on the study, the book discusses the impact of rationalism, individualism, secularism, natural romanticism and a tendency toward spirituality rather than religiosity in Swedish ways of thinking on the choice of coping methods among informants. Concerning the use of religious and spiritually oriented methods by the Swedish informants, we learn that gaining control over the situation is a very important coping strategy among Swedish informants. The informants show a strong tendency toward relying primarily on themselves for solving problems related to their disease. Receiving help from other sources, among others God or a supreme power, seems to primarily be a way to gain more power to help oneself, as opposed to passively waiting for a miracle. For the informants, thinking about spiritual matters and spiritual connection seems to be more important than participating in religious rituals and activities. Turning to nature as a sacred and available resource is a coping method that all informants have used, regardless of their outlook on God, their religion and philosophy of life or their age and gender.

  • 3. Ahrne, Göran
    Class and social organisation in Finland, Sweden and Norway1988Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 4.
    Anderson, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Essays on social action and social structure1988Book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Anttila, Sten T.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Aspects of macro-sociological methodology1993Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Ask-Upmark, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Cerebrovascular lesions and oral contraceptives1976Book (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Asztalos Morell, Ildikó
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Emancipation's dead-end roads?: Studies in the formation and development of the Hungarian model for agriculture and gender, 1956-19891999Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The thesis explores the formation and development of agricultural production co-operativesin the context of market socialist transition. It examines how changes in the organisation ofproduction and reproduction affected gender relations. At the same time, it explores the waysin which the prevailing relationships between men and women provided incentives andcreated patterns for economic development. State socialist emancipatory rhetoric aimed atdeveloping a 'humanised' society. Humanisation was to come about through participation insocialist wage labour, while the functions of the family household were to shrink and giveway to the all-pervasive expansion of the state. These two principles were common in thestate socialist projects of agricultural collectivisation and of women's emancipation. However, the proletarianisation of the peasantry could not be accomplished due to the stubbornresistance of the peasantry. They kept alive the institution of household-based production.,Meanwhile, the state placed dual demands on women's creative forces: they were to reachparity with men in the labour force while, at the same time, they were also to nurture thecoming generations. The economy's demands for more workers mobilised the female labourreserves, but women's integration presupposed a reduction of women's reproductive responsibilities. However, rather than balancing out the burdens between men and women, reproductive rights were constructed as women's rights. Consequently, women were integrated as a 'deviant' labour force. The evolving gender segregation of labour in the collective and household sphere was explained by the changing constructions of 'masculinities' and 'femininities'. The evolving economic differentiation served as the basis for the materialisation of gender relations yet could not by itself determine the gender specific outcome of the changes in economic cycles.

  • 8.
    Blomqvist, Martha
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Könshierarkier i gungning: kvinnor i kunskapsföretag1994Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Borell, Klas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Disciplinära strategier: en historiesociologisk studie av det professionella militärdisciplinära tänkesättet, 1901-19781989Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Conde-Costas, Luis A.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    The Marxist theory of ideology: a conceptual analysis1991Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 11.
    Coniavitis, Thomas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Irrationalitet - rationalitet: Max Weber - Georg Lukács: en uppgörelse1977Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Coniavitis, Thomas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Metodologisk pluralism: till kritiken av den existerande sociologin1984Book (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Dahlkild-Öhman, Gunilla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Att börja tala med barn om pappas våld mot mamma: Radikalt lärande i arbetet med vårdnad, boende och umgänge2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis explores the scope for children’s voices offered to children in court mandated investigations regarding custody, residence or contact. The focus is on children who have been exposed to their father’s violence against their mother The aim is to study how the legislators’ intentions concerning children’s participation in this area are implemented in work groups. The assumption is that implementation can be seen as collective learning. Implementation may in this case challenge established relations of power like age and gender orders. Professional discourses on violence have to shift from gender neutral to gendered discourses and discourses on children have to include a participation discourse. Learning which includes a shift in discourses and challenges established power relations is defined as radical learning.The approach is social constructionist and draws on group interviews with social workers specialized in family law.The thesis analyses which discourses of violence and of children are accessible and used at group level. This can be seen as a discursive opportunity structure. The discourses in question are: gender violence, child protection, treatment and family law discourses as well as care and participation discourses. The conclusion is that all these discourses are accessible to the professionals and the effects of the different discourses are discussed regarding the possibilities for creating a safe situation for mother and child during the investigation.The thesis furthermore analyses the organisation of the work groups. These characteristics can be seen as an organisational opportunity structure. The analysis shows different patterns in the groups when it comes to structure and stage of learning process. One group seems to be at the stage where the members are prepared to start talking to the child about the father’s violence.The final chapter presents a discussion of radical learning and the possibilities for radical social change when established power relations are challenged.

  • 14.
    Edman, Johan
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Stadsplanering som professionellt verksamhetsfält: En studie av yrkesgrupper och deras arbete2001Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this dissertation is to study how the relation between professions and their work is created, developed and reproduced at the interprofessional level. With reference to Andrew Abbott's theory of the system of professions, the relation is analyzed using a conceptual framework that entails three main concepts: professional structure, task area, and jurisdiction. The conceptual framework is articulated in a model, then applied to the historic development of urban planning in Sweden. The empirical analysis goes back to the seventeenth century.

    The results show that professional groups establish and maintain control of their work through jurisdictions, which are regarded as distributive channels of public acceptance, required by every profession. In other words, the interconnections between a profession and its work should not be recognized as direct and unconditioned. Furthermore, the study shows that professional action is dependent on the structure of the professional system of which it is a part. For instance, a multiprofessional structure is likely to first develop into a segmented structure before it turns into a uniprofessional one. This fact will sometimes restrict the freedom of action for professionals.

    The analytical model developed promotes a focus on interprofessional, rather than intraprofessional, social relations. Consequently, the professionalization processes of individual professions appear to be of less importance on the explanatory level. The dissertation also shows how contrafactual methods can be used in order to clarify factual outcomes in relation to analytically possible ones.

  • 15.
    Einarsson, Ingimar
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Patterns of societal development in Iceland1987Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Ekedahl, MarieAnne
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology.
    Nurses in cancer care: - stress, religiosity and culture in the coping processes.2015In: Coping With Cancer in Sweden: A Search for   Meaning. / [ed] Fereshteh Ahmadi, Uppsala: Uppsala University Library , 2015, p. 51-72Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Ekerwald, Hedvig
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Den intelligenta medelklassen: en litteraturstudie över social bakgrund och studieresultat1983Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Eriksson, Björn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Om den sociologiska analysen av kunskap: några steg i riktning mot ett kunskapssociologiskt paradigm1972Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 19.
    Eriksson, Björn
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Problems of an empirical sociology of knowledge1975Book (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Eriksson, Lovisa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Online Together: A Sociological Study of the Concept of Togetherness and the Contemporary Conditions for Social Interaction2016Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The recent advances in digital communication technologies have altered the way in which people socialize on a day-to-day basis. A question that has arisen in relation to this is what being somewhere together actually means at a time when our interactions are no longer confined to shared physical places.

    The phenomenon of being somewhere together (also: togetherness) has previously been studied within the fields of social presence theory (which focuses on digitally mediated ‘togetherness’ and primarily departs from a psychological perspective) and microsociology (which takes an arguably more interactional approach to the idea of being together but primarily focuses on face-to-face interaction). Therefore, what is missing is a conceptualization of togetherness that can account both for togetherness in contexts other than those mediated face- to-face and for the ways in which togetherness is potentially ‘created’ in social interaction. The purpose of this thesis is to address this shortcoming by examining the underlying problem of being together and the conceptualizations of being together in the two aforementioned discourses. For the theoretical analyses, the example of online chat conversation is used as the primary focus of study.

    The thesis comprises three main parts. In the first part, the question of why being together has become difficult to conceptualize since the introduction of electronic and digital communication technologies is explored. The second part of the thesis is a review of what being together stands for in social presence theory and microsociology, respectively. In the third part, the two reviewed understandings of being together are examined. Here, it is observed that social presence theory portrays being together as something that occurs in informational environments, while microsociology portrays it instead as something pertaining to framed (or specified) social situations. Thereafter follows a critical examination of being together in informational situations and being together in framed social situations in which the notions are analysed in relation to online chat. It is concluded that the second view of being together (as a framed activity) is more promising for the future study of togetherness in online chat environments, and potentially also for togetherness in digitally mediated environments more generally.

  • 21.
    Ernfors, Eva B.
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Ernfors, Rúnar Fr.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Archaic economy and modern society: on the archaic mode of being and production with a perspective on the gift as a factor of underdevelopment, and selected fieldnotes concerning the Sinhalese system of castes, kinship and property1990Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Farah, Mohamed I.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    From ethnic response to clan identity: a study of state penetration among the Somali nomadic pastoral society of northeastern Kenya1993Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Fellesson, Måns
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Prolonged Exile in Relative Isolation: Long-term Consequences of Contrasting Refugee Policies in Tanzania2003Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The question at issue in this work has been stimulated by the past decade's shifts in the field of refugee-hosting. An important element of these changes is the consideration of repatriation as the only durable solution. In many African refugee-receiving states this shift has meant the abandonment of integrative policies in favor of temporary, repatriation-oriented strategies. This development has, however, revealed itself to at odds with nature of many exile situations in Africa, which tend to be prolonged affairs. Persistent political unrest in many African states means that a large number of refugeesare consigned to a long stay in the country of exile.This work examines the problem of long-term exile as it relates to the application of two hosting policies (Organized rural settlement and Assisted temporary camp) In Tanzania representing contrasting views on the problem of refugees. The research takes a standpoint in the current refugee political climate of changed displacement patterns and growing restrictionism and seeks to describe and analyze existing conventional perspectives and policies on the problem of refugees. With this as a point of departure, the study examines empirically the implementation and long-term effects of the hosting policies concerned. The central issue here is the meeting between two premises, duration of exile and applied hosting policy. Specifically, the study looks into: (i) material quality of life and services; (ii) economic conditions; (iii) political and legal conditions; (iv) the provision of education; and, of greatest concern in this study, (v) refugees' long-term adjustment: their economic, political and social integration into the host society and (vi) future perspectives. In the light of the tendency of more extended refugee situations the study argues that the current application of hosting policies in Tanzania does not contain a tuning to the consequences of a prolonged hosting undertaking, but calls for more dynamic and long-term perspectives.

  • 24.
    Franzén, Mats
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Sandstedt, Eva
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Grannskap och stadsplanering: om stat och byggande i efterkrigstidens Sverige1981Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Fredén, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Att sakna möjligheter: en teoretisk och empirisk studie av depressioner utifrån Ernest Beckers socialpsykologiska teori1978Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 26.
    García, Claudia
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    The making of the Miskitu people of Nicaragua: the social construction of ethnic identity1996Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Värdeförändring och kontinuitet i tre generationer1993Book (Other academic)
  • 28.
    Hedman, Lowe
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Svenskarna och u-hjälpen: en studie av den svenska allmänheten, lokala opinionsbildare och journalister1978Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Hendricks, Fred T.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    The pillars of apartheid: land tenure, rural planning and the chieftancy1990Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 30.
    Heymowski, Adam
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Swedish "travellers" and their ancestry: a social isolate or an ethnic minority?1969Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Himmelstrand, Ulf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    The multiparadigmatic trend in sociology1987Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Holmberg, Lars
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Den frånvarande intellektuelle: En diskursteoretisk analys av en kollektiv representation2015Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    From an institutionalized conception of contemporary intellectuals as silent or absent, the aim of this thesis is to analyse how the representation of the intellectual changed from a hero of reason to a more or less absent actor. Descriptions of intellectuals that were initially analysed which showed that the representation of the intellectual, besides being linked to modernity, contained a relationship between the individual actor and political power, a relationship which could be traced back to ancient myths. Using discourse theory and concepts primarily from Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, the dissertation demonstrates how the discourse of intellectuals changed the representation content in relation to the myth of the postmodern and to the myth of the modern society. In relation to the modern intellectual, the discourse linked the representation with elements as reason, freedom and politics. Texts written after the linguistic turn or the myth of the postmodern describe intellectuals as specific, bourgeois, academic and politicized. This makes the representation impossible in relation to the initial establishment. The main contribution of the thesis to research on the discourse of intellectuals is the myths bearing on how intellectuals can or should act and how the representation can be described. The notion of the intellectuals can only be understood in an already existing discourse based on what an intellectual should do or be.

  • 33. Hultén, Gunilla
    et al.
    Tigervall, Carina
    Jonsson, Tola
    Holgersson, Helena
    Sjöström, Helena
    Carson, Marcus
    Kugelberg, Clarissa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Hellgren, Zenia
    Räthzel, Nora
    Ålund, Aleksandra
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    Brodin, Göran
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Czaplicka, Magdalena
    Machado, Nora
    Mella, Orlando
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Stöhr, Christian
    Burns, Tom
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Lipponen, Sami
    Lilja, Maja
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Szulkin, Ryszard
    Makt, kultur och kontroll över invandrares livsvillkor: Multidimensionella perspektiv på strukturell diskriminering i Sverige2007Book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Med sitt breda spektrum av perspektiv på diskrimineringens strukturella dimensioner avser denna antologi att bidra till en ökad förståelse av problemets karaktär och ett mer nyanserat samtal om orsaker och möjliga åtgärder emot etnisk ojämlikhet. En analys av så komplexa fenomen som etnisk diskriminering och social exkludering fordrar en mångfald teorier och metoder. I den här antologin finner vi prov på ett flertal olika samhällsvetenskapliga metoder. Ett strukturellt och maktorienterat perspektiv har väglett valet av artiklar om “invandrarproblematiken” och de samhälleliga maktförhållandena och demokratin i Sverige. Särskilda mekanismer som verkar inom samhällets institutioner och kulturella formationer som diskriminerar, exkluderar och omyndigförklarar invandrare har identifierats. Boken består av tre delar. Del I presenterar diskrimineringens kognitiva och diskursiva former, och syftar till att ge en mer generell bild av hur uppfattningar om människors olikheter skapas, normaliseras och legitimeras. Del II visar hur diskrimineringen verkar på en institutionell nivå, och hur maktutövning, beslut och praktiker i olika institutionella kontexter drabbar utsatta invandrade grupper i det svenska samhället. Del III fokuserar på diskriminerande krafter och motkrafter i civilsamhället och på den politiska arenan. Vidare diskuteras vad för slags antidiskriminerande och ”antirasifierande” krafter som finns i samhället och hur de fungerar. Några av antologins centrala slutsatser är:

    (1) Det är en ganska dyster bild av det mångkulturella Sverige som framträder i de olika artiklarna. Etnisk diskriminering och exkludering är robusta eftersom de består av många ömsesidigt förstärkande mekanismer.

    (2) Det svenska samhällets respons till invandrarna framstår som en komplex blandning av välvilja, solidariska åsikter och ideal, samt inskränkta, protektionistiska eller till och med xenofobiska ståndpunkter.

    (3) Det Sverige som träder fram genom antologins analyser är inte genomgående ett samhälle som präglas av exkludering – det finns många positiva krafter och utvecklingar i motstånd till rasism och diskriminering.

    (4) Däremot finns det en viss tendens för en rasifierad politik att breda ut sig. Goda intentioner räcker inte. Det behövs en systematisk kamp grundad på mänskliga värderingar och kunskap om strukturella mekanismer för att åstadkomma jämlikhet och allas välstånd i ett demokratiskt mångkulturellt samhälle.

  • 34.
    Hård af Segerstad, Peder
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Litteratursociologi: ett bidrag till ämnets teoriutveckling1974Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 35.
    Höjdestrand, Erik
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Det vedervärdiga videovåldet: Att återupprätta moralisk ordning : [restoring moral order]1997Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation is a study of the intense debate over video violence in Sweden, triggered by a television programme, Studio S, in 1980. Often viewed as a moral panic, the debate is here analysed from a discourse-oriented perspective. The main focus thus is on what was actually said about the subject, rather than by whom or for what purpose.

    The first chapters focus on how video violence was described and thus defined in the debate. An analysis of the television programme and the press reactions to it shows that video violence was constructed as an image rather than a concept in a process which itself relied heavily on the use of images. Also, different aspects of the phenomenon were consistently conflated and the result was vague enough to permit a multitude of meanings to be read into the phenomenon, which thereby could emerge as a universal symbol of evil.

    In the second part of the book, it is shown how the phenomenon of video violence was put to use in politics and civil society. It is argued that the debate, like moral debates in general, should be viewed as a kind of ritual, preoccupied with preserving the moral order, that is the collectively defined boundary between good and evil. The specific discursive construction of video violence made it better suited for a civil campaign than for political debate and legal regulation. In both areas, however, the opposition to it was made meaningful not by virtue of its practical consequences but symbolically, as a confirmation of the moral order. Constructed as evil, the video violence posed a threat to this order. As an opportunity to confirm the order, as well as coming to terms with other potential threats, most notably those relating to youth, the debate over video violence ultimately proved quite useful, not despite but rather thanks to those of its characteristics that have sometimes been deemed irrational or exaggerated.

  • 36.
    Imboden, Alain
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    The Propaganda of Progress: The Case of Swedish Housing Exhibitions2005Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this research is to analyse what progress is made of in terms of meanings in order to confirm and explain its presence as representational principle of change. The material used for the research consists of texts produced in relation to four housing exhibitions, which together cover a 70-years period. These events, which common purpose is to exhibit progress, offer a unique opportunity to understand the particularities of such a process and the rules that governs it.

    The empirical case, which relies on a theoretical approach of progress and modernity, reveals that progress is represented through choices and hierarchies revolving around a delimited series of issues addressed by all four housing exhibitions. The analysis of these choices and hierarchies shows nevertheless that if the way progress is represented clearly differs from one exhibition to the other, it is not the case of the assumptions that structure these different representations. For example, each exhibition offers their specific representations of the relation that exists between time and change, but all four events share the assumption that progress is to come.

    It is from the analysis of these representations and of the assumptions they rely on that the particularities of progress as representational principle are deduced. Progress appears in this perspective as a principle that celebrates an eternal state of imperfection but yet enables the existence of ephemeral forms of perfections. This inherent tension imposes a constant renewal of the way progress is represented that has consequences in terms of acceleration and movement. As principle, progress establishes also a necessity to claim authority and to take responsibility for changes to come.

    Finally, the research shows that representations of progress not only define what progress is but also regenerate and reinforce the existence of progress as principle of change by containing a systematic attempt to persuade and convince an audience, which results ultimately in a propaganda of progress.

  • 37.
    Jergeby, Ulla
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Offentlig miljö som arena och kuliss: att se, bli sedd och mötas på stadens offentliga och bostadsnära platser1996Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 38.
    Johansson, Stina
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Forskare - behandlare - patient: en studie i praktisk forskningsetik1986Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Kugelberg, Clarissa
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
    Förhandlingar om tillhörighet.: Transnationella identiteter hos svenska politiker med chilensk och kurdisk bakgrund2007In: Makt, kultur och kontroll över invandrares livsvillkor.: Multinationella perspektiv på strukturell diskriminering i Sverige, Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis , 2007, p. 393-409Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Larsson, Tor
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Industrins furirer: studier rörande den sociala innebörden av förmansskapet inom svenska företag1984Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Lewin, Bo
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Om ogift samboende i Sverige med tonvikt på samtida förhållanden1979Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Lidskog, Rolf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Radioactive and hazardous waste management in Sweden: movements, politics and science1994Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Löfmarck, Erik
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Den hand som föder dig: En studie av risk, mat och moderskap i Sverige och Polen2014Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a study of how mothers of young children relate to risk in everyday life, with an emphasis on the in­visible risks associated with modernity in general, and with food in particular. It explores variations and similarities in how mothers deal with risk in two cultural contexts: Sweden and Poland. The study is based on twenty qualitative interviews with university educated mothers of small children in Stockholm and Warsaw. While risks more generally challenge how we “get on” with our lives, mothers of young children in particular have a special relationship to risk. During pregnancy and breastfeeding they are subject to all kinds of risk minimization efforts, and mothers are ultimately held "infinitely responsible" for their children's welfare by society. Women's transition to parenthood then makes for a particularly in­teresting case as to how risks manifest in everyday life. The theoretical framework draws on modernization theory, combined with insights from cultural theory. In addition, various contributions from sociological and psychological risk research, family sociology and research on parenting and motherhood are used to highlight contextual aspects and to inter­pret the empirical results. Two aspects of the mothers’ relationship to risk and food are examined in this study: firstly, their risk constructs, i.e. what they perceive as ‘risky’ with regards to food; and, secondly, their risk management strategies, i.e. how they deal with identified risks on a practical and cognitive level. The overall risk management depicted in this study is characterized by reflexivity, critical thinking, infor­mation retrieval, attention to scientific evidence, purposely transferred trust, confidence and the ability to make fairly sophisticated tradeoffs between risks and other aspects of life. Neither the Swedish nor the Polish mothers then conform to popular notions of ‘security junkies’ or ‘paranoid parenting’. Nonetheless, the comparative approach demonstrates how contextual differences, such as general trust levels and family policy, influence both the risk constructs and the employment of different risk management strategies.

  • 44.
    Mella, Orlando
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Religion and politics in Chile: an analysis of religious models1987Book (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Michailakis, Dimitris
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences.
    Legislating death: socio-legal studies of the brain death controversy in Sweden1995Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Misheva, Vessela
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Jane Addams and the Birth of Microsociology as a Science and a Social Enterprise2018In: Jane Addams' Sociology and the Spirit of Social Entrepreneurship / [ed] Vessela Misheva; Andrew Blasko, Uppsala: Uppsala University, 2018, p. 217-274Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper comprises an extended, unified version of several conference presentations that focus on the relationship between Addams’ sociology and social entrepreneurship that the author delivered primarily between 2010 and 2013 at national and international conferences. While it acknowledges the unusually large number of social roles that Addams played, it defines sociology as Addams’ overarching professional identity that subsumes all the others and explains them as attached to the various social roles she played. Addams’s distinctive contribution to sociology is further defined in relation to her becoming a founder of a distinctive type of sociology – radically different from and yet compatible to that which emerged in Europe and is attributed to sociological Fathers – namely, microsociology. The original meaning of microsociology as both a science and a social enterprise is retrieved from a thorough analysis of Addams’ voluminous sociological works, and its difference from macrosociology is explained in reference to the radical difference between gendered social experiences.

    A discussion of the various designations of Addams’ activities at Hull-House, including charity work, philanthropy, applied sociology, settlement sociology, and social work, assists in demonstrating that Hull-House was the prototype of a not-for-profit social enterprise that embodied a conception of sociology that linked the production of true knowledge about social life to the production of social value. It is argued that Addams’ sociological enterprise consequently became a driving force for the emergence of a number of radically new social enterprises, including the establishment of academic sociology and social work as autonomous sciences, through the creation of the scientific and social conditions necessary for their development and institutionalization. Addams is thus given scientific credit for being both the founder of microsociology, and a pioneer social entrepreneur. Addams’ sociology, including the wealth of autoethnographic sociological records she left concerning her life and work as a social entrepreneur, is thus regarded as invaluable, on the one hand, for advancing our knowledge concerning the essence and main principles of social entrepreneurship, which distinguishes it from traditional entrepreneurship as well as the socio-psychological motives and social forces that bring it into being, and, on the other, for reconstructing the history of microsociology, reconsidering its place in science and society, and recovering its status as applied sociology and a driving force in social innovation through its inherent unity of science and social enterprise.

  • 47.
    Misheva, Vessela
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Blasko, AndrewInstitute for population and human studies, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.
    Jane Addams' Sociology and the Spirit of Social Entrepreneurship2018Conference proceedings (editor) (Refereed)
  • 48.
    Mjöberg, Jessica
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Innerlighetens tid: En sociologisk undersökning av intimitet och senmodernitet2011Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Due to a recent increase in usage of the concept of intimacy within social scientific research, the overarching aim of this work is to investigate its meaning and significance in contemporary social life. The first part of the thesis reviews research on intimacy. Intimacy is perceived as being vaguely defined as a concept, leading to insufficient discussions concerning the significance of intimacy both as a social concept and as a social phenomenon in contemporary western society. In order to become more clearly defined as a social concept to use in future research, intimacy needs to be investigated as a social phenomenon. The second part explores and analyses intimacy as a social phenomenon by way of three partly phenomenological and partly theoretical analyses: the phenomenology of intimacy, the arithmetic of intimacy and the dark sides of intimacy. The three analyses result in a definition of intimacy understood as a kind of sociality, or mode of social being, characterized by an oceanic experience, mutual and complete directedness between the ones being in relation, an experience of mental as well as physical closeness, and an experience of time as “durée”. The third part discusses the proposed definition of intimacy as sociality in relation to contemporary social theory. In relation to an understanding of contemporary western society as late modern or radicalized modern, intimacy as sociality is discussed as a radicalization of a rational sociality, characteristic for modern society. The discussion takes the form of a dialectic critique of modern dualistic theories, proposing a triadic (dialectic) alternative for understanding basic forms of sociality and social relations. The vague notion of intimacy as a concept suited to characterize social life in contemporary western society is supported by this proposition.

  • 49.
    Nilsson, Frida
    Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Creating spaces for action. ANC-women politicians' views on bridewealth and gender-related power.2004Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The first aim of this work has been to analyse and understand the ways in which a group of ANC-women politicians reason about bridewealth/lobola – an institution about which they express differing views, in particular about whether or not it is oppressive to women. The main body of the empirical material is based on 27 interviews conducted in South Africa in the period 1996-1998.

    One finding of the study is that there are explicit defining discourses on lobola as well as more implicitly expressed understandings. The explicit discourses make a distinction between ’good lobola’ – which is expressed in a family-related discourse as ’a bond between families’ – and ’bad lobola’ which is expressed in, for instance, an economic discourse about ’the purchase of women’. The family-related discourse is interpreted as part of a discursive strategy to create spaces for action with respect to relations of gender-related power. (Re)definitions of lobola may be used not only to counter men’s abuse of monetary lobola but also to counter ’traditional’ gender meanings associated with lobola. Furthermore, explicit discourses on lobola are interpreted as a ‘political discourse’ which is formed both in relation to pragmatic ‘political realities’ but also in relation to hegemonic Western discourses. The political discourse on lobola in connection with ‘African identity’ constitutes a discursive strategy to provide discursive space in order for ’Africans’ to be able to (re)interpret a cherished but also controversial institution.

    A second aim of the study has been of a self-reflexive character. It consitutes a critique of a ‘doing gender’ theoretical perspective as well as an attempt to transcend the ‘actor/structure dichotomy’ in sociological analysis.

  • 50.
    Nyström, Anne-Sofie
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Att synas och lära utan att synas lära: En studie om underprestation och privilegierade unga mäns identitetsförhandlingar i gymnasieskolan2012Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In the last decade stratification within educational results has, in Sweden as in other countries, been framed as a matter of boys’ and young men’s under-achievement. The question of whether this is a problem, and if so, for whom and how to change the structure, has been discussed in research and educational policy. The aim of the thesis is to contribute to these fields and to enhance knowledge of young people’s gendered and classed identity processes, by analyzing how achievement and engagement were negotiated and given meaning in relation to young men. Previous research has primarily explored identity processes among “risk categories” or subordinated students. The objective here was to analyze how masculinity was accomplished via peer-group interactions within a rarely problematized category, through examining how upper middle-class young men identify themselves and are ascribed identities by others.

    The study’s design was inspired by ethnographic methodology and combined participant observation, semi-structured individual and group interviews and a background questionnaire. Identities, social categorizations (especially gender and class) and dominance-relations were thus analyzed from an actor-oriented perspective. The research participants were young men and women, age 15-16, in two school classes. The field work was conducted at, respectively, a Natural Science and a Vehicle Programme; educational settings with connotations to masculinity but significantly different in terms of class. The study enrolled a total of fifty-six students, but focus is upon the fifteen young men among the natural science students. 

    High achievement and under-achievement, high social and cognitive ability, and group loyalty are main themes in the study. Identity claims were analyzed in relation to the practices through which they were negotiated, e.g. self-hindrance. Similar to other research, the results emphasize the relationship between masculinity and “effortless achievement”. The concept “under-achievement” is developed as an analytical tool, by distinguishing between five dimensions.

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