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Sawyer, Lena
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Fahlgren, S. & Sawyer, L. (2011). The power of positioning: On the normalisation of gender, race/ethnicity, nation and class positions in a Swedish social work textbook. Gender and Education, 23(5), 535-548
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The power of positioning: On the normalisation of gender, race/ethnicity, nation and class positions in a Swedish social work textbook
2011 (English)In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516, Vol. 23, no 5, p. 535-548Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents a feminist reading of a Swedish social work academic textbook as a case study. We use a discourse analytic approach and positioning theory, focusing on author positions through different story lines. The aim is to make visible how differences are created and positions of the author/reader normalised in terms of gender, race/ethnicity and class. The analysis illustrates how the organisation of the book privileges a particular story line by presenting gender research in a special section of the book and as a perspective. A neutral, unmarked author position is assumed, presented as a common 'we' by identifying 'women researchers' and 'feminist' points of departure as different. If the unmarked author/reader 'we' position appears desirable and morally superior, the clients' gender, ethnicity and class are often openly discussed in relation to social problems, positioning them as 'the other'. Finally there is also a story line of more critical and ambivalent knowledge positions.

Keywords
textbook; academic; gender; positioning theory; normalisation; ethnicity; social work
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12341 (URN)10.1080/09540253.2010.511605 (DOI)000295398300002 ()2-s2.0-80052075539 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Challenging gender
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. & Jones, P. (2011). Voices of migrants: Solidarity and resistance. In: Delanty, G, Wodak, R, Jones, P (Ed.), Identity, belonging and migration: (pp. 241-260). Liverpool University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Voices of migrants: Solidarity and resistance
2011 (English)In: Identity, belonging and migration / [ed] Delanty, G, Wodak, R, Jones, P, Liverpool University Press, 2011, p. 241-260Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The] binary division between resistance and non-resistance is an unreal one. The existence of those who seem not to rebel is a warren of minute, individual, autonomous tactics and strategies which counter and inflect the visible facts of overall domination, and whose purposes and calculations, desires and choices resist any simple division into the political and the apolitical. The schema of a strategy of resistance as a vanguard of politicization needs to be subjected to re-examination, and account must be taken of resistances whose strategy is one of evasion or defence. Colin Gordon on Michel Foucault, cited in Scott 1985: ii Individuals resist the imposition of illegitimate powers in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes this resistance is framed collectively – drawing heavily on notions of solidarity – while at other times it takes on a much more individualized character. After briefly outlining the relationship between resistance and solidarity we suggest that how migrants define resistance is an empirically significant question whose answer should not be taken for granted, as the actual strategies employed by those in positions others seek to impose vary greatly with context. We seek to contextualize this claim by using migrants' discourses to illustrate how strategies for resisting discrimination are played out in various ways. Our aim in doing this is to draw attention to the ‘everyday’ nature that much resistance to oppression takes; a major contention in this chapter is that just as the discrimination faced by migrants is broad, disparate and often elusive, accordingly challenges to illegitimate uses of power are also (necessarily) many and varied.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Liverpool University Press, 2011
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-28872 (URN)2-s2.0-84925639251 (Scopus ID)978-184631453-7 (ISBN)978-184631118-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-22 Last updated: 2016-09-22Bibliographically approved
Fahlgren, S. & Sawyer, L. (2008). An intersectional gender analysis of a Swedish University social work text book: Genusrelationer och förändringsprocesser: Nordisk feminism och genusforskning 2008 Karlstads universitet.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>An intersectional gender analysis of a Swedish University social work text book: Genusrelationer och förändringsprocesser: Nordisk feminism och genusforskning 2008 Karlstads universitet
2008 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Keywords
intersectionality, gender, social work text book, discourse analysis
National Category
Social Work Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7155 (URN)
Projects
Challenging gender
Available from: 2008-11-29 Created: 2008-11-24 Last updated: 2011-08-17Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. (2008). Engendering "Race" in calls for diasporic community in Sweden. Feminist review (Print) (90), 87-105
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Engendering "Race" in calls for diasporic community in Sweden
2008 (English)In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, no 90, p. 87-105Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that theorists of black/African diasporas should interrogate the specific ways in which 'race' is used to engage people in diasporic projects, and that such projects are intimately intertwined with specifically gendered, sexualized, and generational class relations and positionalities in specific national contexts and spaces. Attention to these intersections can help us better understand hierarchies of power between and among diasporic individuals and communities. This article focuses on historically specific Swedish meanings of racialized femininities and the different forms of agency women use to negotiate the gendered processes of racialization they encounter in a variety of settings and sources. It draws on interviews and fieldnotes conducted between 1994 and 2007, together with analysis of popular culture (music and radio programmes) and ethnographic material collected by Swedish ethnologist Viveca Motsieloa, and maps out some of the complexities utilized by different generations of Swedish women of African heritage in a changing Swedish landscape of racial formations. Their negotiations show how tensions and differences between 'second-generation' migrants and those of the 'first generation' are expressed through gender, sexuality, and differing understandings of 'race' (and the place of 'racial mixture').

National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7718 (URN)10.1057/fr.2008.26 (DOI)000260924700006 ()
Note
VR-EducationAvailable from: 2008-12-12 Created: 2008-12-12 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, . L. (2007). Spöken av slaveri och svart/afrikansk dispora. In: Transnationella rum: diaspora, migration och gränsöverskridande relationer (pp. 385-). Umeå: Boréa
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spöken av slaveri och svart/afrikansk dispora
2007 (Swedish)In: Transnationella rum: diaspora, migration och gränsöverskridande relationer, Umeå: Boréa , 2007, p. 385-Chapter in book (Other scientific)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Boréa, 2007
Keywords
diaspora, identitet
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-4440 (URN)5420 (Local ID)978-91-89140-52-3 (ISBN)5420 (Archive number)5420 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. (2007). Translating Empowerment: the Swedish State and an Immigrant Women's NGO in Stockholm. In: Unpacking globalization: Markets, gender, and work (pp. 333). Lanham: Lexington Books
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Translating Empowerment: the Swedish State and an Immigrant Women's NGO in Stockholm
2007 (English)In: Unpacking globalization: Markets, gender, and work, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007, p. 333-Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007
Keywords
empowerment, woman, NGO
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-704 (URN)1048 (Local ID)9780739121580 (ISBN)1048 (Archive number)1048 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2011-12-22Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. (2007). Vithet, sexualitet och makt inom afrikansk diasporisk rum. In: Feministiska interventioner: berättelser om och från en annan värld (pp. 393-). Stockholm: Atlas
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Vithet, sexualitet och makt inom afrikansk diasporisk rum
2007 (Swedish)In: Feministiska interventioner: berättelser om och från en annan värld, Stockholm: Atlas , 2007, p. 393-Chapter in book (Other scientific)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Atlas, 2007
Keywords
vithet, afrikansk dans kurser, rasism
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3683 (URN)4085 (Local ID)91-7389-225-4 (ISBN)4085 (Archive number)4085 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. (2006). Att koppla drömmar till verkligheten: SYOkonsulenters syn på etnicitet i övergången från grundskolan till gymnasiet. In: Utbildningens dilemma: Demokratiska ideal och andrafierande praxis (pp. 466). Stockholm: Fritzes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att koppla drömmar till verkligheten: SYOkonsulenters syn på etnicitet i övergången från grundskolan till gymnasiet
2006 (Swedish)In: Utbildningens dilemma: Demokratiska ideal och andrafierande praxis, Stockholm: Fritzes, 2006, p. 466-Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Fritzes, 2006
Series
Statens offentliga utredningar, ISSN 0375-250X ; 2006:40
Keywords
studie och yrkesvägledare, etnicitet, diskriminering, utbildning
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-5535 (URN)4082 (Local ID)91-38-22560-3 (ISBN)4082 (Archive number)4082 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. (2006). Makt, vithet och afrikansk dans. In: Feministiska interventioner: Berättelser om och från en annan värld. Stockholm: Atlas
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Makt, vithet och afrikansk dans
2006 (Swedish)In: Feministiska interventioner: Berättelser om och från en annan värld, Stockholm: Atlas , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Atlas, 2006
Keywords
makt, vithet, afrikansk dans
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-4057 (URN)4561 (Local ID)91-7389-225-4 (ISBN)4561 (Archive number)4561 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-12-17Bibliographically approved
Sawyer, L. (2006). Racialization, Gender and the Negotiation of Power in Stockholm's African Dance Courses. In: Globalization and race: transformations in the cultural production of blackness (pp. 407). Durham: Duke University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Racialization, Gender and the Negotiation of Power in Stockholm's African Dance Courses
2006 (English)In: Globalization and race: transformations in the cultural production of blackness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006, p. 407-Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Durham: Duke University Press, 2006
Keywords
racialization, gender, negotioation of power
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-1586 (URN)1047 (Local ID)0-8223-3759-2 (ISBN)1047 (Archive number)1047 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30 Last updated: 2012-01-16Bibliographically approved
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