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Espvall, M. (2018). Professional strategies and neoliberal challenges in Swedish social work practice. In: M. Kamali and J.H Jönsson, (eds.) (Ed.), Neoliberalism, Nordic welfare states and social work: Current and future challenges (pp. 148-158). London and New York: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Professional strategies and neoliberal challenges in Swedish social work practice
2018 (English)In: Neoliberalism, Nordic welfare states and social work: Current and future challenges / [ed] M. Kamali and J.H Jönsson, (eds.), London and New York: Routledge, 2018, p. 148-158Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London and New York: Routledge, 2018
Series
Routledge Advances in Social Work
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-34017 (URN)978-1-138-08430-8 (ISBN)978-1-315-11183-4 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-07-03 Created: 2018-07-03 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved
Hoppstadius, H. & Espvall, M. (2017). Framings of violence and abused women in Sweden: A discourse analysis of policy documents. In: : . Paper presented at "Violence and Society" International Conference 18 mars 2017 - Warsaw, Poland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Framings of violence and abused women in Sweden: A discourse analysis of policy documents
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Violence against women does not exist in a vacuum, it is a multi-layered problem affecting many areas of society. The violence is situated in a context where different discourses express society’s view of the problem. During the past decade, work with domestic violence has intensified in Sweden, using an action plan adopted by the Swedish government 2007 as starting point. The plan is called: “Action plan for combating men’s violence against women, violence and oppression in the name of honour and violence in same-sex relationships” (Skr 2007/08:39). In the action plan, the government highlights groups of women that could be particularly vulnerable when it comes to violence in close relationships; disabled women, elderly women, women with substance abuse and addiction problems, women with a foreign background and victims of honour related violence and repression.  However, many researchers point out that dividing people into categories can lead to stigmatization and discrimination, as categories are rarely value-neutral. In this study, I carried out a critical discourse analysis of five different policy documents based on this action plan. The purpose of the documents is to increase the Swedish social services’ knowledge about violence against women, and the purpose of analysing these documents was to examine the framing of violence and abused women from an intersectional perspective.

National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-30503 (URN)
Conference
"Violence and Society" International Conference 18 mars 2017 - Warsaw, Poland
Available from: 2017-03-24 Created: 2017-03-24 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically approved
Espvall, M. & Dellgran, P. (2016). For better or for worse?: Transformation of social network relations due to long-term illness. European Journal of Social Work, 19(5), 795-813
Open this publication in new window or tab >>For better or for worse?: Transformation of social network relations due to long-term illness
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 19, no 5, p. 795-813Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores whether, and if so how, long-term illness affects and changes personal social relations and how these transformations are related to diagnosis, length of the sick leave, age and gender. It is based on qualitative in-depth interviews (N = 10) and a broader representative survey among long-term ill people (n = 319). The results reveal that illness affects the social relationships in both positive and negative directions. On the one hand, the proximity and mobilization of support from family and friends increases during the period of illness and new relationships are included in the networks. On the other hand, the distance within some relationships increases, and some disappear or become less support-rewarding. While the need for social relationships seems, for the majority, to be essential and constant, the results show that the circle of close personal relationships is shifting and that emotional intensity and reciprocal exchange vary.

Keywords
social network, social support, long-term illness, social work
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26405 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2015.1057107 (DOI)000385811100014 ()2-s2.0-84939825380 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Reciprocitet i förändring. Om informellt ekonomiskt och annat stöd i samband med långtidssjukskrivning
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 421-2005-1380
Note

Published online 21 Aug 2015

Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, S. & Espvall, M. (2016). Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships in late life. In: Jamila Bookwala (Ed.), Couple relationships in the middle and later years: Their nature, complexity, and role in health and illness (pp. 77-94). Washington: American Psychological Association (APA)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships in late life
2016 (English)In: Couple relationships in the middle and later years: Their nature, complexity, and role in health and illness / [ed] Jamila Bookwala, Washington: American Psychological Association (APA), 2016, p. 77-94Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, we discuss how new forms of intimate relationships among older adults, exemplified by living-apart-together relationships (LAT) relationships, challenge family obligations, especially under Swedish conditions and its welfare state arrangement of eldercare. By analyzing motives and social constructions of LAT relationships, the overall aim is to explore how expectations of informal caring affect intimacy and obligations in older adults’ LAT relations. Consistent with our aim we give particular emphasis to strategies involved when partners are dealing with expectations of care and support.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Washington: American Psychological Association (APA), 2016
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29518 (URN)10.1037/14897-005 (DOI)9781433822094 (ISBN)1433822091 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-12-16 Created: 2016-12-12 Last updated: 2018-08-16Bibliographically approved
Svensson, J., Jönsson, J. H., Israelsson, M., Kamali, M., Kaffrell-Lindahl, A., Espvall, M., . . . Hedman, Å.-H. (2016). Socialtjänsten ska inte fungera som angivare. Svenska Dagbladet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Socialtjänsten ska inte fungera som angivare
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2016 (Swedish)Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, pages
Svenska Dagbladet, 2016
Series
Svenska Dagbladet
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-29857 (URN)
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-12-20Bibliographically approved
Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, S. & Espvall, M. (2015). Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships among the elderly - New challenges for the Welfare State.. In: : . Paper presented at Conference ESA 2015 Prague. Session RN01S02: Ageing, Policies and Inequalities 26-28/8-2015.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships among the elderly - New challenges for the Welfare State.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26408 (URN)
Conference
Conference ESA 2015 Prague. Session RN01S02: Ageing, Policies and Inequalities 26-28/8-2015
Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2018-10-31Bibliographically approved
Espvall, M. & Jobe Andersson, I. (2015). Photovoice in social work field practice.. In: : . Paper presented at SWSD 2015 Conference, East London South Africa. 4 – 7 October..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Photovoice in social work field practice.
2015 (English)Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Other academic)
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-26409 (URN)
Conference
SWSD 2015 Conference, East London South Africa. 4 – 7 October.
Available from: 2015-12-11 Created: 2015-12-11 Last updated: 2015-12-11Bibliographically approved
Laursen, L. H. & Espvall, M. (2014). Social capital in Gellerup. Journal of Social Inclusion, 5(1), 19-42
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Social capital in Gellerup
2014 (English)In: Journal of Social Inclusion, ISSN 1836-8808, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 19-42Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the characteristics of two types of social capital; bridging and bonding social capital among the residents inside and outside a marginalized local community in relation to five demographic features of age, gender, geographical origin and years of residence in the community and in Denmark. The data were collected through a questionnaire, conducted in the largest marginalized high-rise community in Denmark, Gellerup, which is about to undergo an extensive community renewal plan. The study showed that residents in Gellerup had access to bonding and bridging social capital inside and outside Gellerup. Nevertheless, the character of the social capital varied considerably depending on age, geographical origin and years lived in Gellerup. Young residents and people who had lived for many years in Gellerup had more social capital than their counterparts. Furthermore, residents from Arab countries had more bonding relations inside Gellerup, while residents from Northern Europe had more bonding relations outside Gellerup.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brisbane: School of Arts, Griffith University, 2014
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-23812 (URN)
Available from: 2014-12-16 Created: 2014-12-16 Last updated: 2018-10-15Bibliographically approved
Dellgran, P., Espvall, M., das Dores Guerreiro, M. & Mauritti, R. (2012). Crowding out, crowding in or just a matter of transformation?: Informal financial support in Portugal and Sweden. European Journal of Social Work, 15(3), 393-411
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crowding out, crowding in or just a matter of transformation?: Informal financial support in Portugal and Sweden
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 3, p. 393-411Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract

This investigation examines the role of informal financial support among university students in two different welfare states, Portugal and Sweden. Using data from a questionnaire (N=525), students´ experiences of receiving loans and gifts, and differences in norms and attitudes toward informal financial support, are explored. The data reveals that the Swedish students receive more financial support in terms of monetary loans and gifts from persons in their social network, while Portuguese students support from their parents to a higher degree is embedded in patterns of living conditions. Furthermore, the interaction processes of exchange of support, for both groups is characterised by reflexivity and complexity, not only framed by resource conditions, but also by relational and situational factors. The results are discussed in the theoretical framework of crowding out/crowding in theories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge Taylor & Francis group, 2012
Keywords
Financial support, social network, crowding out, Portugal, Sweden
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12500 (URN)10.1080/13691457.2011.554803 (DOI)000307345800008 ()2-s2.0-84864714497 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Portuguese and Swedish students experiences of informal financial support exchange
Available from: 2010-12-09 Created: 2010-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Espvall, M. (2012). Sociala relationers centrifugala och centripetala krafter: Om förändrade relationsmönster i samband med långtidssjukskrivning. Socionomens forskningssupplement (31), 24-33
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sociala relationers centrifugala och centripetala krafter: Om förändrade relationsmönster i samband med långtidssjukskrivning
2012 (Swedish)In: Socionomens forskningssupplement, no 31, p. 24-33Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

I artikeln undersöks hur sjukdom och långtidssjukskrivning påverkar och förändrar sociala relationer och villkoren för att ge och ta emot socialt stöd. Det empiriska underlaget utgörs av tio kvalitativa forskningsintervjuer med kvinnor och män sjukskrivna mer än 60 dagar, med fysiska såväl som psykiska diagnoser. Analyserna visar att många relationer exkluderas ur nätverken, att nya relationer inkluderas och att vissa familje- och vänskapsrelationer transformerats i fråga om närhet och stödkapaciteter. I artikeln diskuteras resultaten i ett teoretiskt sammanhang av centrifugal- och centripetalkrafter för att illustrera hur inre och yttre faktorer medverkar till strukturella och interaktionella förändringar av sociala relationsmönster. 

Keywords
sociala relationer, långtidssjukskrivning, centrifugala och centripetala krafter
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-12516 (URN)
Projects
Reciprocitet i förändring. Om informellt ekonomiskt och annat stöd i samband med långtidssjukskrivning
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 50138001
Available from: 2010-12-10 Created: 2010-12-10 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-0872-8210

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