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Olofsson, Anna
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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
Giritli Nygren, K., Olofsson, A., Pramanik, R. & Öhman, S. (2018). Mapping of Risk Perception and Assessment: Inspiring Methods for National Level Risk Mapping in Sweden. Stockholm: Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mapping of Risk Perception and Assessment: Inspiring Methods for National Level Risk Mapping in Sweden
2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Our modern society is exposed to multiple hazards and risks. To manage these successfully, it is important to have a good overview of the risks that potentially affect our society and how they are perceived and valued. This pilot study investigated possible ways of mapping and analysing risks that Swedish society and its inhabitants are exposed to and aware of. The aim was to capture complementary perspectives on accidents and crises, and to provide a point of departure for future planning and data collection strategies. To achieve this, previous studies are mapped and critically assessed and an example of a method of analysis is presented. The following questions have guided the work: 1) What methods are currently available to describe risks at a broader societal level? 2) What are the limitations, advantages and disadvantages of these existing methods? 3) Which of these methods are of relevance to Sweden? Summarizing previous studies, the report includes examples of methods, structures and data visualizations for mapping risks nationally or in larger regions. The report analyses 11 types of existing study or report as a source of inspiration and to scope existing gaps for potential improvement. The report makes recommendations for national level risk mapping in a Swedish context, supported by an empirical example.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, 2018. p. 44
Series
MSB
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-32761 (URN)978-91-7383-786-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, 20161001-20170131
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2019-01-31Bibliographically approved
Öhman, S. & Olofsson, A. (2018). Quantitative analysis of risk positions: An exploratory approach. In: A, Olofsson & J, Zinn (Ed.), Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies (pp. 265-286). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Quantitative analysis of risk positions: An exploratory approach
2018 (English)In: Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies / [ed] A, Olofsson & J, Zinn, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 265-286Chapter 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-34549 (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
Olofsson, A. & Zinn, J. (Eds.). (2018). Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies. Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Researching Risk and Uncertainty: Methodologies, Methods and Research Strategies
2018 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Understanding and managing risk and uncertainty is a central task in contemporary societies characterised by rapid social, technological and environmental change.This book presents research approaches used by scholars who all share a passion to gain new insights in how individuals, organisations and societies approach uncertain futures and their potential dangers.The contributions illustrate the usefulness of particular methods and methodologies for researching risk in order to advance the understanding and management of social, technological and environmental challenges.With research strategies and approaches from sociology, psychology, history, linguistics, anthropology, and gender studies, Researching Risk and Uncertainty provides guidance and inspiration to students and scholars across a range of disciplines interested in risk, disaster and social crisis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2018. p. 384
Series
Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty
Keywords
Risk, methods, methodology, research strategies
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34546 (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
Danielsson, E., Petridou, E., Lundgren, M., Olofsson, A., Große, C. & Röslmaier, M. (2018). Risk Communication: A Comparative Study of Eight EU Countries. MSB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Risk Communication: A Comparative Study of Eight EU Countries
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2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

How do 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. The questions serving as departure points for this study are as follows: How is the administrative system for risk communication set up in the countries studied? How the different risk communication campaigns are (provided that they exist) embedded in the larger administrative context? How is risk communication strategy formulated in each country and what kind of threats are emphasized? In order 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, as well as other modes of communication, such as videos posted on YouTube, with questions centering on institutional actors, methods of delivery, content, and effectiveness. We acknowledge that risk communication aims at supporting vulnerable populations and evening out imbalances, but at the same time we flesh out the power dimension of risk. In our analysis, we search for reproduction of norms and social inequality in risk communication practices. The results show that some patterns emerge regarding the way different EU countries convey information to the public, but they do not hold strictly to geography or administrative system. Digital media are the foremost vehicle of risk communication and the message generally conveyed is geared towards traditional, middle class households with the main language of the country as their first language. Volunteer organizations are present in all the countries in question, though not at the same degree. The conveyance of “self-protection” guidelines implicitly places the responsibility of protection to the individual. The results also show that in some countries, materiality has become more prevalent than the social dimension of risk in the message the public sector conveys, and that there is a move from focusing on risk to focusing on security.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MSB, 2018. p. 71
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35027 (URN)978-91-7383-868-9 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency
Available from: 2018-12-03 Created: 2018-12-03 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
Olofsson, A., Giritli Nygren, K. & Öhman, S. (2018). Teoría interseccional de riesgo en un mundo ambivalente. In: Rubio Carriquiriborde, Ignacio (Ed.), Sociología del riesgo: Marcos y aplicaciones (pp. 81-99). Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teoría interseccional de riesgo en un mundo ambivalente
2018 (Spanish)In: Sociología del riesgo: Marcos y aplicaciones / [ed] Rubio Carriquiriborde, Ignacio, Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México , 2018, p. 81-99Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2018
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34119 (URN)978-607-30-0577-7 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-07-06 Created: 2018-07-06 Last updated: 2018-10-04Bibliographically approved
Giritli Nygren, K., Öhman, S. & Olofsson, A. (2017). Doing and undoing risk: The mutual constitution of risk and heteronormativity in contemporary society. Journal of Risk Research, 20(3), 418-432
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Doing and undoing risk: The mutual constitution of risk and heteronormativity in contemporary society
2017 (English)In: Journal of Risk Research, ISSN 1366-9877, E-ISSN 1466-4461, Vol. 20, no 3, p. 418-432Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper develops the concepts of ‘doing’ and ‘undoing’ risk, a new approach to risk research that echoes the ‘doing gender’ of gender studies. In this way, we combine intersectional and risk theory and apply the new perspective to empirical material. To better explore the doing and undoing, or the performance, of risk, we will refer to practices that simultaneously (re)produce and hide socio-political norms and positions, played out in contemporary, hierarchical relations of power and knowledge. The aim is to develop a theoretical understanding of doing and undoing risk. The study makes use of transcripts from five focus group interviews with men and women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of different ages living in Sweden to develop a theory of ‘doing risk’. The doing of risk of our informants takes place within the frame of a hegemonic heteronormativity. The way that risks are perceived and done in everyday life therefore always needs to be read within a frame of prevailing structures of power. This counts for all of us as we are all part of the hegemonic power structures and thereby are both subject to the intersecting doings of risk and performatively reproducing these power structures in practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
Keywords
doing risk, inequality, intersectionality, risk theory
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26707 (URN)10.1080/13669877.2015.1088056 (DOI)000393801500007 ()2-s2.0-84945205806 (Scopus ID)
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Published online: 01 Oct 2015

Available from: 2015-12-21 Created: 2015-12-21 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
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