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Bergnehr, D. & Wahlström Henriksson, H. (2020). Hardworking women: representations of lone mothers in the Swedish daily press. Feminist Media Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hardworking women: representations of lone mothers in the Swedish daily press
2020 (English)In: Feminist Media Studies, ISSN 1468-0777, E-ISSN 1471-5902Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Lone mothers are a diverse group but it has been argued in the previous research that they tend to be homogenised. This article explores representations of single mothers in Swedish newspapers. Material from the two largest morning papers and the two largest tabloids was collected from the years 2015–2017. The results of the study suggest that although the newspaper representations do not fully reflect the diversity of social realities, there are indeed varying images of lone mothers in the sample. A recurring representation is as a comparatively poor and hardworking—even heroic—woman, who in political argumentation is referred to as someone in need of societal support and policy reforms. A less frequent representation, that often occurs in lengthy, in-depth pieces, is the affluent official person who despite her prosperity struggles with combining single (good) motherhood with her career, or the middle-class woman who becomes a lone mother via assisted reproductive technologies. Teenage motherhood (i.e., age), race/ethnicity, sexuality, and welfare dependence are seldom, if at all, alluded to. There is no vilification or condemnation of the lone mother, as has been found in research on other national contexts.

Keywords
Lone mothers, single parenthood, representations, Sweden, newspapers
National Category
Social Sciences Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22366 (URN)10.1080/14680777.2019.1704815 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Billmayer, J., Pastorek Gripson, M. & Bergnehr, D. (2019). A Becoming, Humanist Child: An analysis of Learning and Care in the Swedish Curriculum for the Preschool (Lpfö 18). Education in the North, 26(1), 42-55
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Becoming, Humanist Child: An analysis of Learning and Care in the Swedish Curriculum for the Preschool (Lpfö 18)
2019 (English)In: Education in the North, Vol. 26, no 1, p. 42-55Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A new, revised curriculum for the Swedish preschool came into effect in July 2019. According to the National Agency of Education, it differs from its predecessor by putting a greater emphasis on care and teaching. This paper studies how the child is conceptualized in relation to learning and care in the new curriculum. Informed by a posthumanist approach and childhood studies, it scrutinizes how the child is positioned as a being and/or becoming child, an entangled and/or separate child, and, an active and/or passive child. Furthermore, it explores how the child appears in relation to human and non-human agents. The dominant, recurring conceptualization of the child is the child as becoming and passive. Learning and caring processes mainly come across as unidirectional -from adult to child –and future orientated. Although the preschool child is connected to a social context, the child predominantly appears as separate from others rather than entangled

Keywords
curriculum; early childhood education and care (ECEC); childhood studies; posthumanism; Sweden
National Category
Pedagogical Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22133 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2020-01-28
Bergnehr, D. (2019). Barnperspektiv, barns perspektiv och barns aktörskap - en begreppsdiskussion. Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk och kritikk, 5, 49-61
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Barnperspektiv, barns perspektiv och barns aktörskap - en begreppsdiskussion
2019 (Swedish)In: Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk och kritikk, Vol. 5, p. 49-61Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [sv]

Denna artikel diskuterar hur begreppen barnperspektiv och barns perspektiv definieras i nord- isk forskning, och hur barns aktörskap framkommer i dessa texter. Tillämpningen av närliggande begrepp, som barns röster, inflytande och kompetens, belyses också. Artikelns utgångspunkt är att barnet föds som aktör: Barn, liksom vuxna, påverkar ständigt andra, direkt genom sina handlingar och indirekt som kroppar som befinner sig i andras närvaro eller tanke. Barn, liksom vuxna, är kompetenta och handlingskraftiga likaväl som sårbara och beroende av sina relationer. Artikeln lyfter fram vikten av att studera barns påverkan på vuxna och samhället som ett betydelsefullt kun- skapstillskott. Den visar att forskningstexter som definierar begreppen barnperspektiv och barns perspektiv ofta positionerar barn som passiva, och som helt beroende av vuxenvärldens tolkningar och förståelse. Barns aktörskap belyses i mindre grad. Artikeln ger förslaget att barns aktörskap analyseras som två delar: barns inflytande och barns påverkan. Barns inflytande används för att undersöka barns reella inflytande på beslut och handlingar i sociala situationer, och barns påverkan för att studera barns direkta och indirekta påverkan på andra och den värld som omger dem. 

National Category
Educational Sciences
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-22365 (URN)10.23865/ntpk.v5.1373 (DOI)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-581
Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Bergnehr, D. (2018). Adapted fathering for new times – refugee men’s caring and domestic practices during resettlement. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, August 15-17, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Adapted fathering for new times – refugee men’s caring and domestic practices during resettlement
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present paper explores Middle Eastern men’s narratives on everyday family life and fatherhood in Sweden. The analysis is based on individual interviews and diary notes. Swedish society differs from Middle Eastern societies in many respects; it offers comprehensive rights to extensive social welfare benefits, but also demands that newly arrived migrants participate in language studies, accept trainee positions, and actively search for employment. These requirements apply to mothers as well as fathers. Life in Sweden is challenging for refugees; many face long-term unemployment and welfare dependence. The present analysis shows how Syrian and Iraqi fathers’ downward social mobility, with radically changed material and financial means, influences their caring and domestic practices. In part, they take on ‘female’ duties and share chores with their spouse more equally. The study illuminates that fathering is dynamic and prone to change; (migrant) men adjust their strategies to provide the best possible circumstances and future prospects for their children. This challenges the notion that (migrant) fathering and masculinity are fixed. 

National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15648 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, August 15-17, 2018
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00581
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Cekaite, A. & Disa, B. (2018). Affectionate touch and care: Embodied intimacy, compassion and control in early childhood education. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Affectionate touch and care: Embodied intimacy, compassion and control in early childhood education
2018 (English)In: European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, ISSN 1350-293X, E-ISSN 1752-1807Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Relational care, interpersonal intimacy and emotional attunement are crucial for children’s development and wellbeing in ECEC. The present study examines how they are enacted in a Swedish preschool (for 1–5-year-olds) through recurrent adult-child physical conduct, i.e. affectionate and affectionate-controlling touch. The data consist of 24 hours of video-recorded observations of everyday activities. The study shows that educators’ Affectionate-Comforting touch was used for emotion regulation as compassionate response to children’s distress; Amicable touch engaged children in spontaneous affection; and, Affectionate-Controlling touch was used to mildly control and direct the child’s bodily conduct and participation in preschool activities, or to mitigate the educators’ verbal disciplining. The study demonstrates the emotional complexity of ECEC enacted through the practices of haptic sociality. It supports the holistic policies arguing that embodied relational care should be integrated in ECEC, contrary to ideas that connect professionalism with emotional distance and lack of physical contact.

Keywords
Early childhood education, touch, relational care, intimacy, compassion
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15355 (URN)10.1080/1350293X.2018.1533710 (DOI)2-s2.0-85056081334 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2018-11-30 Created: 2018-11-30 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Cekaite, A. & Disa, B. (2018). Affectionate touch and care: Embodied intimacy, compassion and control in early childhood education. In: : . Paper presented at EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, Budapest, August 28-31, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Affectionate touch and care: Embodied intimacy, compassion and control in early childhood education
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15650 (URN)
Conference
EECERA (European Early Childhood Education Research Association) Conference, Budapest, August 28-31, 2018
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Disa, B. & Henriksson Wahlström, H. (2018). Between “lone” and “solo”: Representations of single motherhood in Swedish newspapers. In: : . Paper presented at Close Relations: A multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies, Uppsala, October 24-26, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Between “lone” and “solo”: Representations of single motherhood in Swedish newspapers
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden the public and political debate on lone mothers (Sv. ensamstående) has been more or less absent in the past 50 years. Due to available and subsidised childcare, most lone parents have paid employment, hence single mothers have not been depicted as moral and financial burdens on society. Furthermore, mainstream political discourses in Sweden favour the "gender neutral" term parent (förälder) over gendered terms like mother and father. Nonetheless, the single parent is strongly gendered statistically speaking, as the majority of children whose parents are separated reside exclusively or predominantly with the mother.

Although not politically stigmatized, single mothers as a statistical category face particular adversities. Swedish research focuses on general disadvantages in health and private economy for lone mothers compared to partnered families, representing the group as particularly vulnerable and in need ofsupport. Interview studies show a more varied picture, but often centre on the mothers' relation to the social services, and/or their strategies to provide financially for their families, adding to the image of lone motherhood as problematic. Thus, the research typically depicts the lone mother family as troubled.

The present paper analyses representations of single mothers in contemporary Sweden. It draws upon articles published in the four major daily newspapers, which are central in setting the national news agenda, hence impacting upon a Swedish "national imaginary". We focus on the years 2015-2017, a time characterized by high levels of single parenthood due to separation/divorce/never in relationship with other bio-parent, but also by dramatically increased migration as well as new legislation regarding single women's access to IVF treatment and what in English is sometimes termed "solo" motherhood. Given the growing ethnic diversity of the population, the growing visibility of sexual diversity and achieved rights for Lgbtq people, and the growing socioeconomic inequality in Sweden in the twenty- first century, we are interested in exploring what kinds of diversity we see in these representations in terms of class, sexuality and ethnicity. We investigate whether lone/single/solo mothers are represented as troubled or socially vulnerable, or whether other discourses of motherhood are activated in media representations. 

National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15651 (URN)
Conference
Close Relations: A multi- and interdisciplinary conference on critical family and kinship studies, Uppsala, October 24-26, 2018
Available from: 2019-01-10 Created: 2019-01-10 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Bergnehr, D. (2018). Children’s influence on wellbeing and acculturative stress in refugee families.. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 13(1)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Children’s influence on wellbeing and acculturative stress in refugee families.
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, ISSN 1748-2623, E-ISSN 1748-2631, Vol. 13, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose: This paper examines intergenerational, interdependent and contextual aspects of wellbeing and acculturative stress in refugee families during resettlement. Particular focus is placed on how children influence their parents. 

Method: The study is based on interviews with and diary notes from Middle Eastern parents and children residing in Sweden. 

Results: Analyzes of the narratives show how the direct and indirect influence of the child affects the parents in both negative and positive ways. Acculturative stress follows from unexpected and undesired migration outcomes, such as parent–child conflicts and low school achievement. Such strains add to other hardships refugee families face, for instance, unemployment, welfare dependence, poor housing, and insufficient mastery of the majority language. However, acculturative stress can be alleviated by the children’s educational success, and reciprocal practices of love and caring including helping out with chores and supporting each other in different ways. 

Conclusions: Children's agency has significant effects on parents’ wellbeing, as wellbeing is accomplished in and through relationships with others.

National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15723 (URN)10.1080/17482631.2018.1564517 (DOI)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-581
Available from: 2019-01-31 Created: 2019-01-31 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Bergnehr, D. (2018). Efter flykten: Migrationens innebörder och förändrade villkor för barn och föräldrar som beviljats uppehållstillstånd i Sverige. In: Thomas Johansson och Emma Sorbring (Ed.), Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap. Grundläggande perspektiv: (pp. 379-391). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efter flykten: Migrationens innebörder och förändrade villkor för barn och föräldrar som beviljats uppehållstillstånd i Sverige
2018 (Swedish)In: Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap. Grundläggande perspektiv / [ed] Thomas Johansson och Emma Sorbring, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 379-391Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2018
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15357 (URN)978-91-47-11307-1 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00581
Available from: 2018-11-30 Created: 2018-11-30 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
Bergnehr, D. (2018). Efter flykten: Migrationens innebörder och förändrade villkor för barn och föräldrar som beviljats uppehållstillstånd i Sverige. In: Thomas Johansson och Emma Sorbring (Ed.), Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap. Grundläggande perspektiv: (pp. 379-391). Stockholm: Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efter flykten: Migrationens innebörder och förändrade villkor för barn och föräldrar som beviljats uppehållstillstånd i Sverige
2018 (Swedish)In: Barn- och ungdomsvetenskap. Grundläggande perspektiv / [ed] Thomas Johansson och Emma Sorbring, Stockholm: Liber, 2018, p. 379-391Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2018
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Teacher Education and Education Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15353 (URN)978-91-47-11307-1 (ISBN)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00581
Available from: 2018-11-30 Created: 2018-11-30 Last updated: 2020-01-28Bibliographically approved
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ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-6357-6491

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