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  • 1.
    Bergman, Jonny
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Emotions and Privilege: Investigating Privileging in Relation to Asylum Seekers2014In: Walking Beside: Challenging the Role of Emotions in Normalization / [ed] Eva Söderberg and Sara Nyhlén, Sundsvall: Mid Sweden University , 2014, p. 84-95Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 2.
    Bergman, Jonny
    Umeå universitet.
    Seeking Empowerment - Asylum-seeking refugees from Afghanistan in Sweden2010Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to contribute to the understanding of how asylum-seeking refugees manage their lives in the situation they are in, a situation in which they are dependent and have to wait for decisions on whether or not they will get to stay in the country in which they have made their application for asylum.

    The elaboration upon these questions and the purpose of the study is approached through a field study of asylum-seeking refugees from Afghanistan in Sweden. The thesis presents a background of international migration, refugee migration, refugee migration from Afghanistan and the reception of asylum seekers and refugees in the EU and Sweden, which tells us both that asylum seekers and refugees are not welcome in the countries of the 'North', where policies of containment and repatriation are the most common features of treating the refugee 'problem' and that the long period of waiting and uncertainty creates a situation of passivity and ill-health among the asylum seekers.

    Employing grounded theory methodology in different forms based in data from fieldwork, including participant observations and informal conversations, the study applies a constructionist grounded theory approach in the analyses of the situation and the management thereof.

    Steered by this constructionist grounded theory approach, strengthened by a situational analysis, the thesis presents a situational frame pointing to the situation for the asylum-seeking refugees as temporal and dependent on Swedish national discourse, racism and paternalism.

    With this background and frame and generated by data from the field study, the thesis goes on to present the situation as disempowering. The disempowering processes are illustrated through looking at dependence and inhospitality, and are characterised by the asylum-seeking refugees' oscillation between feelings of hope and despair.

    It becomes, however, also evident that the asylum-seeking refugees take action and that they are supported by latent empowering processes. The actions taken are categorised as actions of empowering in opposition to the processes presented as disempowering. The actions of empowering are connected to keeping oneself occupied, searching for and maintaining social contacts and in the asylum-seeking refugees' representations of themselves.

    From the presentation of the situation as disempowering and the actions taken by the asylum-seeking refugees in response to this situation as actions of empowering, a process characterised as seeking empowerment is presented. In this process empowerment is discussed as the establishment of power to resist. During the discussion of the concept of seeking empowerment it is shown how the asylum-seeking refugees in this study, through their actions of empowering, try to resist the disempowering situation. By seeking to establish power to resist, they are seeking empowerment.

  • 3.
    Bergman, Jonny
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Wall, Erika
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
    Ålder och funktionalitet: om vuxna barns ansvarstagande för ensamboende föräldrars trygghet2017In: Introduktion till kritiska åldersstudier / [ed] Clary Krekula och Barbro Johansson, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2017, p. 183-196Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    En dominerande diskurs om åldrande innehåller föreställningar om individens avtagande funktionsförmåga. I detta kapitel diskuterar vi hur ålder görs i relation till funktionalitet, risk och ansvarstagande och visar hur äldre identifieras som sårbara och antas ha svårare att agera som ansvarstagande medborgare. Med utgångspunkt i samtal med vuxna barn synliggörs konstruktionen av en omarkerad vuxenhet (jfr kap. 1), men också dilemman som uppkommer då det vuxna barnet försöker ta ett vuxenansvar för sin egen förälder.

  • 4.
    Fahlgren, Siv
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Bergman, Jonny
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
    Analysing the doing of ‘privilege’. On normalization and privileging in relation to the situation for asylum seekers in Sweden.2013In: Mobilizing gender research. Challenges and strategies / [ed] Katarina Giritli Nygren, Siv Fahlgren, Sundsvall: Forum för genusvetenskap , 2013, 5Chapter in book (Other academic)
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