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Jönsson, Jessica H.
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Jönsson, J. H. (2019). Book review: Resisting Neoliberalism in Higher Education Volume I: Seeing Through the Cracks [Review]. Critical Social Policy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Book review: Resisting Neoliberalism in Higher Education Volume I: Seeing Through the Cracks
2019 (English)In: Critical Social Policy, ISSN 0261-0183, E-ISSN 1461-703XArticle, book review (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37628 (URN)10.1177/0261018319885906 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved
Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, S. & Jönsson, J. H. (2019). Forced migration, older people and displacement. In: : . Paper presented at Social Protection & Human Dignity IFSW European Conference, Vienna, Austria, September 8-11, 2019..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Forced migration, older people and displacement
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37225 (URN)
Conference
Social Protection & Human Dignity IFSW European Conference, Vienna, Austria, September 8-11, 2019.
Available from: 2019-09-16 Created: 2019-09-16 Last updated: 2019-09-17Bibliographically approved
Flem, A. L. & Jönsson, J. H. (2019). Global social work ethics and international field training: The experiences and practice dilemmas of Norwegian and Swedish social work students. In: : . Paper presented at 30th WEBINAR: Implementing a Global Code of Ethics to Ensure Professional Standards, April 24, 2019. Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Global social work ethics and international field training: The experiences and practice dilemmas of Norwegian and Swedish social work students
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Global Social Service Workforce Alliance, 2019
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37629 (URN)
Conference
30th WEBINAR: Implementing a Global Code of Ethics to Ensure Professional Standards, April 24, 2019
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
Jönsson, J. H. (2019). Overfishing, social problems and ecosocial sustainability in Senegalese fishing communities. Journal of Community Practice
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Overfishing, social problems and ecosocial sustainability in Senegalese fishing communities
2019 (English)In: Journal of Community Practice, ISSN 1070-5422, E-ISSN 1543-3706Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study explores living conditions of people in Senegalese fishing communities in relation to environmental change and unregulated fishing by foreign boats, weakening local opportunities and increasing forced migration of youth, creating problems for the future development of local fishery communities. It employs a postcolonial perspective and analyzes data collected through interviews with individuals from Senegalese fishing communities, social workers and relevant documents. The results show local reactions based on alliances between social workers and local community members to overfishing and the need for national and global structural changes. It is argued that EU’s fishing agreements with Senegalese government is one of the reasons behind youths’ forced migration to EU countries and that the betterment of the living conditions of fishery communities in Senegal requires not only already emerging alliances between social workers and local community members, but also national and global structural changes to protect Africa’s fishing communities and local fisheries.

Keywords
Ecosocial work, fishing communities, Senegal, sustainable development, West Africa
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37023 (URN)10.1080/10705422.2019.1660290 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-09-03 Created: 2019-09-03 Last updated: 2019-09-11Bibliographically approved
Kamali, M. & Jönsson, J. H. (2019). Revolutionary Social Work: Promoting Sustainable Justice. Critical and radical social work An international journal, 7(3), 293-314
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Revolutionary Social Work: Promoting Sustainable Justice
2019 (English)In: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 293-314Article in journal, Editorial material (Refereed) Published
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37626 (URN)10.1332/204986019X15688881109268 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-11-05 Created: 2019-11-05 Last updated: 2019-11-27Bibliographically approved
Jönsson, J. H. (2019). Servants of a 'sinking Titanic' or actors of change?: contested identities of social workers in Sweden. European Journal of Social Work, 22(2), 212-224
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Servants of a 'sinking Titanic' or actors of change?: contested identities of social workers in Sweden
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 22, no 2, p. 212-224Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Historically, social workers have been an integral part of a well-developed welfare state in Sweden. However, due to the neoliberal changes, which have seen the weakening of the support system for vulnerable groups and individuals, the traditional ‘solidary role’ of social workers has rapidly altered. This has created uncertainty and dilemmas for the identification of many social workers, who still perceive themselves as promoters of ‘welfare of the people’. This article dwells, therefore, on neoliberal transformations and the changing professional identity of practitioners. The study is based on a comprehensive empirical work of interviews with social workers. The results show a growing and widespread unease with new professional roles and functions of social workers as bureaucrats within a neoliberalised organisation of public social work. Some social workers still try to find creative and new ways of working in solidarity, while others, although critical, see adjustment to the new organisational frames as a way to continue their work. It is argued that social workers are not passive actors in the process of neoliberalisation of public social work in Sweden but could actively take different stances and choose their own identifications, in order to maintain the solidary role of social workers.

Abstract [sv]

Historiskt sett har svenska socialarbetare varit en integrerad del av en välutvecklad välfärdsstat. Men på grund av de nyliberala förändringar som har inneburit en försvagning av välfärdsstaten och dess stödsystem för utsatta grupper och individer, har socialarbetares traditionella ‘solidariska roll’ snabbt förändrats. Detta har skapat rollkonflikter och flera dilemman för många socialarbetare som fortfarande uppfattar och identifierar sig som en profession som främjar välfärd och solidaritet. Föreliggande artikel ämnar att undersöka hur de senaste decenniernas nyliberala förändringar har påverkat socialarbetares professionella identitet i Sverige. Studien bygger på ett omfattande empiriskt material bestående av intervjuer med socialarbetare verksamma inom den kommunala sektorn. Studiens resultat visar på en växande och utbredd oro hos socialarbetare för deras nya professionella roller och funktioner som byråkrater i en nyliberaliserad organisation i offentligt socialt arbete snarare än välfärdsagenter. Resultatet visar också att socialarbetarna reagerar på olika sätt mot sina nya nyliberala professionella roller och funktioner. En del försöker hitta kreativa och nya sätt att arbeta i solidaritet, medans andra, kritiska attityder tilltrots, ser en anpassning till nya organisatoriska ramar som ett sätt att fortsätta sitt jobb. Artikelförfattaren menar att socialarbetare inte behöver vara passiva aktörer i nyliberaliseringsprocessen av det offentliga socialt arbetet i Sverige, utan kan vara aktiva aktörer i att motverka nyliberala förändringarna inom professionen och inta solidariska arbetssätt och identiteter.

Keywords
Neoliberalism, professional identity, social work, symbolic violence, Sweden, Nyliberalism, professionell identitet, socialt arbete, symboliskt våld, Sverige
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34324 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2018.1529659 (DOI)000457563500004 ()
Available from: 2018-09-03 Created: 2018-09-03 Last updated: 2019-03-18Bibliographically approved
Finch, J., Jönsson, J. H., Kamali, M. & McKendrick, D. (2019). Social work and countering violent extremism in Sweden and the UK. European Journal of Social Work
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social work and countering violent extremism in Sweden and the UK
2019 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Social Work in Europe, is now being tasked with managing the ‘problems’ of terrorism, i.e supporting those affected by terrorist attacks, managing returnees affiliated with Terrorist groups in the Middle East, or, as will be discussed here, identifying those at risk from radicalisation and extremism. Both Britain and Sweden have Counter-Terrorism policies, but recent developments in both countries have made it a statutory requirement for social workers to work within such policies. This paper seeks to explore the policies in both countries, utilising a comparative approach to consider the similarities in not only policy and practice but also in the ethical consequences such policies pose for social workers across Europe. The exploration considers; the extent to which anti-radicalisation policies influence social work practices in Sweden and the UK and how they might undermine social work as a human rights profession. The results indicate that anti-radicalisation policies run the risk of reducing social work to become a ‘policing profession’ practising social control. This has substantial consequences for social work and its global ethics, which should be considered and struggled against by social workers committed to principles of social justice and human rights.

Keywords
Social work, counter-terrorism, radicalisation, extremism, racism
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-37113 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2019.1657803 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-09-04 Created: 2019-09-04 Last updated: 2019-09-24Bibliographically approved
Jönsson, J. H. (2018). A weakening welfare state and the changing professional identities of social workers in Sweden. In: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research Book of Abstracts: . Paper presented at 8th European Conference for Social Work Research, Edinburgh, Scotland, 18-20 April, 2018. Edinburgh
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A weakening welfare state and the changing professional identities of social workers in Sweden
2018 (English)In: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research Book of Abstracts, Edinburgh, 2018Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Social workers have historically been an integral part of a well-developed welfare state in Sweden. However, the traditional ‘solidary role’ of social workers has rapidly altered due to the neoliberal changes, which has weakened the social support system. This has created ‘identity crisis’ for many social workers who still perceive themselves as promoters of ‘welfare of the people’. This study explores the neoliberal transformations and the changing professional identity of municipal social workers and their experiences of, and responses to, the neoliberal reorganisation of public social work in Sweden. The following questions have guided the study: How has the recent political, social and organisational transformations influenced the daily work of social workers? How such changes have influenced the relationship and trust between social workers and service users? How such neoliberal transformations have influenced social workers professional identity? How do social workers respond to neoliberal changes in and limitations to their professional activities? The contribution is based on interviews with 15 social workers working in different municipalities in Sweden, during 2016-17. The interviewed social workers were engaged in different areas of public municipal social work, such as in the areas of child and family welfare, homelessness, mental health problems and substance abuse and social work with asylum-seekers. The results have been analysed in the frame of critical social theory. The study shows that meanwhile some social workers are resisting the neoliberal managerialism, which influence their sense of pride in their professional identities by finding new creative and progressive ways of working with people in need, others are uncritically adjusting themselves to evolving forms of neoliberal managerialism. It is concluded that the new neoliberal political and organisational landscape of professional social work in Sweden and the retreat of the welfare state from its traditional duties and, thereby, the reduction of social workers possibilities to work directly with service users, make the struggle for revitalisation of rights-based welfare state and solidary social work more urgent than ever.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Edinburgh: , 2018
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33555 (URN)978-1-9999205-7-9 (ISBN)
Conference
8th European Conference for Social Work Research, Edinburgh, Scotland, 18-20 April, 2018
Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-03 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved
Jönsson, J. H. & Lian Flem, A. (2018). Field training in the Global South and unequal power relations: On the challenges of encounters. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Social Work Conference (FORSA/NOUSA 2018) Helsinki, November 21-23 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Field training in the Global South and unequal power relations: On the challenges of encounters
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

International field training offers unique opportunity for social work students to deepen their understandings of dominant social forces and power relations behind the reproduction of inequalities. Field training in the Global South is often influenced by many students’ colonial discourses and ignorance of their ‘whiteness of power’ received through their West-centric education in the Global North. This creates a challenge for social work educators to properly prepare students for field training in Global South. In this study, based on a mixed method approach, web survey, focus groups and document review of field reports, we examine how international field training influence Swedish and Norwegian students’ knowledge and personal and professional development. The study is guided by the questions: ‘What exemplify inequality of power encountered by the students conducting field training in the Global South?’, ‘What prevent and enable students in identifying unequal power relations during international field training?’, ‘How can social work educators ensure that social work students disentangle power dynamics at personal and structural levels? The results of the study show that international field training can both contribute to deepening students’ understanding of power and privileges and also reinforce their a priori ‘Us’ and ‘Them’- based knowledge. This means that social work educators bear a major responsibility for developing critical curriculums including pedagogical practices using critical reflection of how own biases, assumptions and dominant worldviews may affect the ways students perceive differences and power relations in international field trainings in the Global South.

National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-35763 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Social Work Conference (FORSA/NOUSA 2018) Helsinki, November 21-23 2018
Available from: 2019-03-08 Created: 2019-03-08 Last updated: 2019-03-21Bibliographically approved
Jönsson, J. H. & Flem, A. L. (2018). International field training in social work education: beyond colonial divides. Social Work Education, 37(7), 895-908
Open this publication in new window or tab >>International field training in social work education: beyond colonial divides
2018 (English)In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227, Vol. 37, no 7, p. 895-908Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the influence of and need for a critical and global-oriented social work education on students’ learning and developments in the context of international field training. The study uses mixed methods strategy of web survey, focus groups and document review of field reports. Participants in the study are social work students from social work programs in Norway and Sweden who have conducted their international field training in the Global South. The results of the study show that in order to obtain a critical and postcolonial understanding of global inequalities and the role of social work, students need to be truly prepared for international field training by critical and postcolonial knowledge, which will challenge many students’ West-centric perspectives and facilitate them by a self-reflective positioning throughout their field training. The imagination of traveling to and ‘learning about the others’ should be then replaced by a move beyond ‘us-and-them’ divides in line with the ethical principles and values of social work.

Keywords
Field training, postcolonialism, social work education, social work ethics, West-centrism
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-33554 (URN)10.1080/02615479.2018.1461823 (DOI)000442731400006 ()2-s2.0-85045839783 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-03 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved
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