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Lidén, G. & Olofsson, A. (2020). Living in a foreign country: The meaning of place of origin and gender for risk perceptions, experiences, and behaviors. Journal of Risk Research, 23(3), 365-378
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Living in a foreign country: The meaning of place of origin and gender for risk perceptions, experiences, and behaviors
2020 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 365-378Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has convincingly proven that perceptions, experience, and exposure to risks vary among certain groups in society. By drawing from a unique combination of Swedish survey data and interviews, this study aims to investigate perceptions and experiences of risks as well as in relation to behavior by analyzing the cleavages related to interactions between place of origin and gender. Theoretically, we see individual risk perception as part of situated hierarchical power relations where an individual’s position (which is an intersection of, for example, gender, race, age, and place of origin) structures action and thought. Findings verify that foreign-born men and women perceive risks to a greater extent than those born in Sweden. However, no direct pattern of ethnicity is apparent in exposure to risks, but since predictors measuring experience of discrimination are shown to be significant, the effect can be mediated by such circumstances. In terms of how risks have affected behavior, women, irrespective of their ethnicity, are affected. Exposure to tragic experiences among those who are foreign born can pose risks that are perceived to a greater extent. Furthermore, more vulnerable material conditions can also affect how risks are perceived, and uncertainty due to a lack of resources and as an inherent ingredient of living in a foreign country seem to enhance perceptions of risk and feelings of unsafety. Last, the sense of discrimination appears to influence exposure to certain risks, which might capture an interaction between racism and violence.

Keywords
risk perceptions, gender, ethnicity, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35804 (URN)10.1080/13669877.2019.1569102 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-03-18 Created: 2019-03-18 Last updated: 2020-03-30Bibliographically approved
Rashid, S. & Olofsson, A. (2020). Worried in Sweden: The effects of terrorism abroad and news media at home on terror-related worry. Journal of Risk Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Worried in Sweden: The effects of terrorism abroad and news media at home on terror-related worry
2020 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

We investigate whether terrorist activity abroad affects worry regarding terrorism in Sweden, and the possible mediating effect of news media. Terrorism uses violence to obtain political or social objectives: in addition to the impact on the immediate victims, terrorism affects a much wider audience emotionally by spreading fear and insecurity. Previous research shows that terrorist attacks in a country cause worry for the people in that country; however, little is known about the relationship between public worry and terrorist attacks abroad. This study draws from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), the Swedish press archive Mediearkivet, and the Swedish National Annual Survey (SOM), producing a theoretical model using Generalized Structural Equation Modelling (GSEM). The results show that public worry about terrorism co-varies with the frequency of terrorist activity occurring in the wider geo-cultural region, even if outside of the country of residence. It also shows that public worry is affected not only by single, impactful attacks – so-called ‘one-off’ attacks – but also by an increase in the number of total (even if less individually impactful) attacks in the region. Notably, media coverage ameliorates the impact of terrorism on public worry to some degree. For policy makers these results are particularly important since they show that even in countries free of terrorist events, public fear needs to be managed.

Keywords
Risk perception, worry, terrorism
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38725 (URN)10.1080/13669877.2020.1738528 (DOI)2-s2.0-85081743859 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-03-27 Created: 2020-03-27 Last updated: 2020-04-01Bibliographically approved
Danielsson, E., Johansson, R., Olofsson, A. & Öhman, S. (Eds.). (2019). Festskrift till Björn Fjæstad: Utvecklingen av en forskningsmiljö: Ett verksamhetsnära engagemang på distans. Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Festskrift till Björn Fjæstad: Utvecklingen av en forskningsmiljö: Ett verksamhetsnära engagemang på distans
2019 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2019. p. 169
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37884 (URN)978-91-88947-30-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
Petridou, E., Danielsson, E., Olofsson, A., Lundgren, M. & Große, C. (2019). If Crisis or War Comes: A Study of Risk Communication of Eight European Union Member States. Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research, 2(2), 207-232
Open this publication in new window or tab >>If Crisis or War Comes: A Study of Risk Communication of Eight European Union Member States
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2019 (English)In: Journal of International Crisis and Risk Communication Research, ISSN 2576-0025, Vol. 2, no 2, p. 207-232Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

How do European Union (EU) member states communicate risks to their citizens? In this study, we define risk communication as the information provided by different levels of government to citizens regarding possible future crises to which the general public might be subjected. We seek to answer the following questions: Are there any patterns in the risk communication strategies among EU member states in terms of the sender of information, the message conveyed, the method used, and the intended audience? Finally, to what extent is the state involved in ensuring the safety of its citizens? To tackle these questions, we examine the risk communication strategy of eight countries: Sweden, Finland, Germany, England, France, Estonia, Greece, and Cyprus. Our data consist of governmental web sites, publications, campaigns, and other modes of communication, such as videos posted on YouTube, with questions centering on institutional actors, methods of delivery, content, and effectiveness. We find that the institutional architecture of risk communication aligns with the broad administrative system of each member state. Countries tend to focus on risks that are specific to their context, with Sweden and, to a lesser extent, Germany having a special focus on consequences and providing guidelines to the public on how to survive for a certain period of time in the absence of the state. Especially in Sweden, though the state is a salient actor in risk communication through the dissemination of information at the agency level, the state retreats while urging the resilient citizen to take control of his or her own crisis management.

Keywords
Risk communication; comparative studies; European politics; resilience; public policy
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37688 (URN)10.30658/jicrcr.2.2.3 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-15 Created: 2019-11-15 Last updated: 2019-11-19Bibliographically approved
Bellman, L., Hemmingsson, O., Olofsson, A. & Öhman, P. (2019). Konsekvenser av bostadsägares riskuppfattningar, betalningsförmåga och riskbeteende för försäkringsbranschen i ljuset av klimatrisker: Delrapport 1. Mid Sweden University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Konsekvenser av bostadsägares riskuppfattningar, betalningsförmåga och riskbeteende för försäkringsbranschen i ljuset av klimatrisker: Delrapport 1
2019 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mid Sweden University, 2019. p. 39
Series
RCR Working Paper Series ; 2019:1
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-36117 (URN)978-91-88947-07-9 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-05-09 Created: 2019-05-09 Last updated: 2019-11-20Bibliographically approved
Olofsson, A. & Öhman, S. (2019). Sverige och gentekniken - hur gick det sen?. In: Erna Danielsson, Roine Johansson, Anna Olofsson, Susanna Öhman (Ed.), Festskrift till Björn Fjæstad: Utvecklingen av en forskningsmiljö: Ett verksamhetsnära engagemang på distans (pp. 137-156). Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sverige och gentekniken - hur gick det sen?
2019 (Swedish)In: Festskrift till Björn Fjæstad: Utvecklingen av en forskningsmiljö: Ett verksamhetsnära engagemang på distans / [ed] Erna Danielsson, Roine Johansson, Anna Olofsson, Susanna Öhman, Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2019, p. 137-156Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University, 2019
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37899 (URN)978-91-88947-30-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
Öhman, S., Olofsson, A. & Giritli Nygren, K. (2018). A Methodological Strategy for Exploring Intersecting Inequalities: An Example from Sweden. Zhurnal Issledovanii Sotsial'noi Politiki / The Journal of Social Policy Studies, 16(3), 501-516
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Methodological Strategy for Exploring Intersecting Inequalities: An Example from Sweden
2018 (English)In: Zhurnal Issledovanii Sotsial'noi Politiki / The Journal of Social Policy Studies, ISSN 1727-0634, Vol. 16, no 3, p. 501-516Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article explores the complex patterns of inequality in Sweden from an intersectional standpoint by developing a methodological strategy using data from quantitative national survey material. Intersectionality stands in contrast to the inductive and hypothesis-testing approaches, which tend to reproduce categories as having an essential and stable meaning. It is generally acknowledged that quantitative approaches to intersectionality are rare or in development. Quantitative analyses tend to disregard some of the theoretical cornerstones of intersectionality: in particular, the relational and fluid character of categories. This may be why intersectionality researchers tend to reject quantitative approaches altogether. To address this dilemma, Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA) is applied as a means of linking objective structures to subjective experiences, and it is argued that this methodology is well suited to detecting and capturing social spaces of privilege and oppression. The result shows that this kind of quantitative approach to intersectional analysis can facilitate the exploration of inequalities and positions of privilege across populations and globally at particular times, as well as contributing to ontological and epistemological perspectives on intersectionality. By exploring what the category is said to describe and how these parts relate to other sub-categories, especially about time and place settings and their intersections, we were able to identify relationships between structures of oppression and subjective experiences at a particular time and in a particular place, which is important in understanding both inequalities and positions of privilege. These analyses not only illuminate the hegemonic structures of power that create subordinated and privileged positions but also help us to theorize the non-linear and stochastic relations between and within these positions. This methodological advance also has important implications for social policy.

Keywords
Intersectionality, Multiple Correspondence Analysis (MCA), Quantitative intersectional analysis
National Category
Social Sciences Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34737 (URN)10.17323/727-0634-2018-16-3-501-516 (DOI)000445954700008 ()2-s2.0-85055174575 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-10-18 Created: 2018-10-18 Last updated: 2018-12-07Bibliographically approved
Zinn, J. & Olofsson, A. (2018). Concluding Thoughts and Perspectives for Interdisciplinary Risk Research. In: A, Olofsson & J, Zinn (Ed.), Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies (pp. 367-375). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Concluding Thoughts and Perspectives for Interdisciplinary Risk Research
2018 (English)In: Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies / [ed] A, Olofsson & J, Zinn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 367-375Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Series
critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34548 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-95852-1 (DOI)978-3-319-95852-1 (ISBN)978-3-319-95851-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2018-10-05Bibliographically approved
Nyhlén, S., Giritli Nygren, K., Olofsson, A. & Bergström, J. (2018). Human Security, Risk and Sustainability in the Swedish Policy for the Arctic. In: Kamrul Hossain, Jose Miguel Roncero Martin and Anna Petrétei (Ed.), Human and Societal Security in the Cirumpolar Arctic: Local and Indigenous Communities (pp. 76-99). Brill Academic Publishers
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Human Security, Risk and Sustainability in the Swedish Policy for the Arctic
2018 (English)In: Human and Societal Security in the Cirumpolar Arctic: Local and Indigenous Communities / [ed] Kamrul Hossain, Jose Miguel Roncero Martin and Anna Petrétei, Brill Academic Publishers, 2018, p. 76-99Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Although four million people live and work in the Arctic, it has become a ‘new’ place to discover and secure for the nation-states and companies that want to explore how to exploit newly available resources and territory as the ice melts. We have witnessed an increase in policies regarding the Arctic from many European and other countries throughout the last decade or more. Sweden became the last of the so-called Arctic states to launch a policy for the Arctic in 2011, and this chapter analyses this policy from a critical perspective. A seemingly ‘neutral’ language may characterize policies, but deriving from a feminist intersectional risk analysis, we argue that policy analysis is a key task for understanding contemporary power structures. By identifying enabling discourses, mobilizing metaphors and underlying assumptions, this analysis shows how Sweden’s policy produces normative constructions of environmental risks anchored in time- and context-dependent beliefs. The strategy adapts to and uses the dominant discourses about the Arctic; it puts risks such as climate change, energy shortage, and human and societal security in the centre while simultaneously positioning Sweden as having the best solutions for managing these risks in a sustainable way. The notion of security drifts towards risk management through arguments about developing and applying sustainable practices, and the strategy uses a language that echoes the language used in stories about conquests and colonial exploration of the Arctic written centuries ago.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brill Academic Publishers, 2018
Series
Studies in Polar Law, ISSN 2589-6822
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35293 (URN)10.1163/9789004363045_005 (DOI)978-90-04-36304-5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-12-19 Created: 2018-12-19 Last updated: 2018-12-19Bibliographically approved
Zinn, J. & Olofsson, A. (2018). Introduction. In: A, Olofsson & J, Zinn (Ed.), Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies (pp. 1-28). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction
2018 (English)In: Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies / [ed] A, Olofsson & J, Zinn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 1-28Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Series
Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34547 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-95852-1 (DOI)978-3-319-95851-4 (ISBN)978-3-319-95852-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-27 Created: 2018-09-27 Last updated: 2018-10-05Bibliographically approved
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