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  • 1.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Living Apart Together. Balancing Intimacy and Autonomy in Old Age: Invited Symposia, Repartnering After Late Life Widowhood: The Gendered Perspective, at The 17th Congress of The International Association of Gerontology, Vancouver, Canada, July 1 - 62001Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 2.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Living Apart Together in Old Age. Womens Boundary Making and The Social Construction of Home: A New Age for Old Age, Annual Conference of British Society of Gerontology, Oxford, UK, September 8 - 102000Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 3.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Reconceptualising Intimacy and Ageing: International Symposium on Recenseptualising Gender and Ageing, University of Surrey, UK, June 25 - 272002Conference paper (Other scientific)
  • 4.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Reconceptualising Intimacy and Ageing: Living apart together2003In: Gender and ageing: Changing roles and relationships, Buckingham: Open University Press, 2003, p. 47-62Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book contains original chapters from eminent writers in gender and ageing, addressing newly emergent areas. Early work on gender and ageing was dominated by a focus on older women. This volume breaks with that tradition by emphasizing changing gender roles and relationships, gender identities and by examining masculinities in later life. A key theme running through the book is the need to reconceptualize partnership status, in order to understand the implications for women and men of widowhood, divorce and new forms of relationships, such as Living Apart Together (LAT-relationships). Another is the influence of socioeconomic circumstances on how ageing is experienced and transitions negotiated.

  • 5.
    Borell, Klas
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ældre par: Hvert sit hjem2000In: Gerontologi og samfund, ISSN 0900-114X, Vol. 16, no 4, p. 85-87Article in journal (Other scientific)
  • 6.
    Connidis, Ingrid Arnet
    et al.
    Western Univ, Dept Sociol, Canada.
    Borell, Klas
    Jönköping Univ, Dept Social Work, Jönköping.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ambivalence and Living Apart Together in Later Life: A Critical Research Proposal2017In: Journal of Marriage and Family, ISSN 0022-2445, E-ISSN 1741-3737, Vol. 79, no 5, p. 1404-1418Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Most unattached older persons who would like an intimate partnership do not want to remarry or be in a marriage-like relationship. A growing trend is to live apart together (LAT) in an ongoing intimate relationship that does not include a common home. We address the debate about whether LAT constitutes a new form of intimate relationship in a critical assessment of research on LAT relationships that applies ambivalence and concepts from the life course perspective. We conclude that among older but not younger adults, LAT relationships are generally a stable alternative to living with a partner, negotiated in the context of current social institutions and arrangements. We propose research questions that address later life living apart together as an innovative alternative intimate relationship. We encourage comparative work on the unique challenges of later life living apart together, their implications for other family ties, and their connection to social and cultural arrangements.

  • 7.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimitet, förpliktelser och attityder till personlig service och omsorg i äldres särborelationer2017In: Social omsorg i socialt arbete: Grunder och fördjupningar / [ed] Stina Johansson, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2017, p. 187-202Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimitet och autonomi: om särboende bland äldre2007In: Socionomen, ISSN 0283-1929, no 4, p. 40-44Article in journal (Other scientific)
  • 9.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
    Looking for elderly people´s needs: teaching critical reflection in Swedish social work education2019In: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper focuses on how to use critical reflection in social work education in order to encourage students to critically reflect on their standards regarding assessment, opinions and values about aging. Material, both oral and written, from needs assessments of older persons conducted by 106 social work students was analyzed. The result shows that the students initially interpreted needs based on prejudice and assumptions about aging. However, when using Schön´s three steps of reflection in the exercise, together with knowledge of critical social work theories, students became more concerned and reflected more critically on their assessments. This study shows the possibilities of working with pedagogical exercises in order to increase the awareness and critical knowledge of social work students in order to attempt to reduce discrimination. Educating students in critical social work enables them to learn how to comment on and transform the profession of social work and our unjust society, while questioning their own as well as society’s prejudice regarding the needs of elderly persons. 

  • 10.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Looking for needs.Teaching critical reflection in social work with the elderly2018Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent decades, neoliberal reorganisation of the welfare state has influenced both the practices in social work and the organisation and context of social work education. This has resulted in social work emphasising managerial goals, strongly influenced by New Public Management, and social work reduced to a reified set of skills devoid of theory, context and critical analysis.

    Developing pedagogical tools in order to improve students’ self-reflexivity and critical knowledge is thus crucial to social work education, if we want to live up to the crucial values of social work; promoting social change and social development and understanding vulnerability.

    The focus of the current study was on uncovering and challenging power dynamics in 106 social work students’ aid assessments in elder care at a university in Sweden. How do students, with a focus on critical reflection, understand and interpret the concept of social rights and assess needs in three vignettes of senior citizens? The reflexive process was conducted in three steps, according to Schön (1987) and the results from the written and group discussions of the study were analysed by means of a content analysis by focusing on repetitions, dominant themes, similarities and differences in response.

    Findings show that in the first two steps of reflection, students interpreted needs expressed in the vignettes out of prejudice and assumptions on ageing taken for granted. This resulted in a majority of the students interpreting the older persons’ expressed needs and obvious living conditions in an unintended or unnoticed way.  In the third and final step of the reflection, taking part in the group discussions, where students tried to adopt an aware critical self-reflection approach, they became concerned and reflexive about their interpretations, as they used both their knowledge of intersectional approach and theories of critical social work.

    This study shows the possibilities social work education has in terms of working with pedagogical exercises to increase students’ awareness, insight and critical knowledge, and how important this is, as it can help us and the people we encounter in social work reduce oppression and counteract neoliberal changes. In a time when social work is affected by neoliberal managerial solutions to social problems, working with a critical self-reflection approach in social work education is more important than ever.

  • 11.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Neoliberalism and social work education. Students’ ability to identifythe elderly’s rights and needs.2018In: Neoliberalism,Nordic Welfare States and Social Work: Current and Future Challenges. / [ed] M. Kamali & J.H. Jönsson, New York: Routledge, 2018, 1 st, p. 193-202Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 12.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
    Social work students perception of vulnerability and needs among the elderly: A question of experience and ability to use critical self-reflection?2019Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Borell, Klas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    A Home of Their Own: Women's Boundary Work in LAT-relationships2005In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, Vol. 19, no 1, p. 73-84Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    LAT-relationships (from Living Apart Together), in which partners retain their own homes although they have a long-term intimate relationship, represent an increasingly acceptable choice among elderly in Sweden. LAT-relationships, unlike marriage or cohabitation, create special conditions that enable an intimate relationship to be combined with autonomy. However, this does not mean that the way in which the balance between autonomy and intimacy is achieved is given. This study examines the home as a resource for women's boundary making, i.e. the process in which boundaries are established around their homes in order to influence their interaction with partners, friends and kin. The study is based on questionnaires to elderly Swedish men and women living in LAT-relationships (n = 116) and on qualitative interviews. There is a broad variety of ways of establishing boundaries in time and space, ranging from having direct control over who has access to one's home to more subtle time-zoning strategies, but all the women studied seem to prioritize the possibility of keeping their various social relations separate from one another.

  • 14.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Borell, Klas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimacy and autonomy, gender and ageing: Living Apart Together2004In: Intimacy in later life / [ed] Kate Davidson & Graham Fennell, New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2004, p. 1-18Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Borell, Klas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimacy and Autonomy, Gender and Aging: Living Apart Together2002In: Ageing International, ISSN 0163-5158, E-ISSN 1936-606X, Vol. 27, no 4, p. 11-26Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships among the elderly - New challenges for the Welfare State.2015Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Intimacy and obligations in LAT relationships in late life2016In: 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.

  • 18.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Psychology and Social Work.
    Forced migration, older people and displacement2019Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Hoppstadius, Helena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    What’s the problem represented to be?: Swedish public policy constructions of violence against women2018In: Social work in transition:: Challenges for social work research in a changing local and global world, 2018Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Traditionally, in Sweden as well as in many other countries there has been a great tolerance of men’s violence against women. In modern time, this violence has been criminalized and defined as a social problem. Since 2007, the work of combatting domestic violence has intensified in Sweden, using as a starting point an action plan adopted by the Swedish government 2007. 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). As a result of this action plan, several authorities have published different materials with the purpose of increasing the knowledge within social service about violence against women, to better meet the needs of women subjected of violence. How polices in social work are produced has practical significance at several levels; in addition to clarifying society’s responsibility, these also highlight how to draw attention to and address a particular problem. However, instead of just considering policies as possible solutions to predefined issues, we also need to consider how policies represent a problem, and what effects these representations may have. How violence against women is named, framed and conceptualized is important, since explanations that are put forward can affect both policy and practice. The purpose of this study is to investigate how violence against women is conceptualized discursively in one public manual on violence, and five public educational materials originating from the action plan, through Bacchi’s policy approach ‘What’s the Problem Represented to be?’. The study revealed that many acts are considered to be violence in a Swedish context, where certain acts are punishable, for example battery, while other acts are not, such as neglect. How we understand violence against women and how it can be predicted, prevented and treated may differ depending on which theory social workers adopt. In the material, several theories are mentioned; however, it is hard to say whether any particular theory is advocated. Special attention is given to the situation of so called ‘honour-related violence and oppression’. The study also revealed a representation of abusers in a gender-neutral way, which may disregard women’s specific vulnerability to violence. How violence is conceptualized, named and framed discursively may affect those women subjected to violence, depending on how social workers interpret and apply the materials.

  • 20.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Marginalization and social work in a changing society: Older refugees and social work2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The recent “refugee crisis” is due to global inequalities, wars and conflicts, political and social instabilities which have led to deterioration in the living conditions of many people in non-Western countries; resulting in displacement of millions of people on a global scale. A “substantial number” of people who flee to European countries are older refugees who loose their social networks in times of crises and large-scale emmigration. Given the lack of job opportunities for older people they become socioeconomically and culturally marginalised in the host countries. Older refugees and their living conditions have been overlooked in global social problems such as forced migration and rarely addressed by social work programs or professionals, although social workers play a key role in in supporting the rapidly ageing world. This presentation critically examines the hindrances and opportunities for the inclusion of older persons in the host society. The preliminary results of the study show the structural hindrances such as the pension system and the advanced labour market but also possibilities of receiving a relatively good health care and public economic support. It is argued that social work should actively be engaged in structural reforms to improve the living conditions of older refugees.

  • 21.
    Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Johansson, Stina
    Umeå universitet. Institutionen för socialt arbete.
    Gerdner, Arne
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Borell, Klas
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Caring while living apart2007In: Journal of gerontological social work, ISSN 0163-4372, E-ISSN 1540-4048, Vol. 49, no 4, p. 3-27Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, researchers have paid increasing attention to the issue of care in the new types of family and partner relationships. The aim of this study is to examine expectations and attitudes concerning care among elderly people in LAT (Living Apart Together)- relationships in Sweden, that is, people who have a long-term intimate relationship, but who do not share a common home. Questionnaires were completed by 116 elderly people in LAT-relationships. Partners are ranked as the main providers of care, especially by men, but there is considerable variation in the answers. This seems to be principally related to the degree of flexibility in this type of relationship. Some individuals see a LAT-relationship as a marriage-like relationship, while others see it primarily as a type of relationship that guarantees them the possibility of maintaining their own independent way of life.

  • 22.
    Karlsson-G, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    "Leva tillsammans under olika tak".2004In: Äldre i centrum : tidskrift för aktuell äldreforskning, ISSN 1653-3585, Vol. 17, no 3, p. 24-30Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 23.
    Karlsson-G, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Omsorgsstrategier för framtiden. Äldre särboende kvinnor och män i Sverige.: Svenska Gerontologiförbundets årsmöte2003Conference paper (Other scientific)
    Abstract [sv]

    Forskningspresentation vid Svenska Gerontologiförbundets årsmöte 2003.

  • 24.
    Karlsson-G, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Tillsammans men var för sig.: Om särboenderelationer mellan äldre kvinnor och män i Sverige.2006Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
  • 25.
    Svensson, Jessika
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Israelsson, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kamali, Masoud
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kaffrell-Lindahl, Angelika
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Blid, Mats
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Miller, Emelie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Andoh-Appiah, Charlotte
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Mårtenson, Anneli
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Calbucura, Jorge
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Thörn, Carina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Engqvist, Ulf
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Hoppstadius, Helena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Jonsson, Ummmis
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Östman, Caroline
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Karlsson-G, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Hedman, Åsa-Helena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Socialtjänsten ska inte fungera som angivare2016Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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