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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: 2018-11-30Bibliographically 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: 2019-01-14Bibliographically 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: 2019-01-14Bibliographically 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: 2019-01-09Bibliographically 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: 2019-01-09Bibliographically approved
Disa, B. (2018). Migrant children and parents’ strategies for achieving wellbeing during resettlement in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at Sociologidagarna, Lund, mars 7-9, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Migrant children and parents’ strategies for achieving wellbeing during resettlement in Sweden
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The present study explores how migrant, refugee children and parents contribute to and influence their own wellbeing and that of family members during resettlement in Sweden. The study starts from the notion that social and emotional wellbeing are relational, contextually formed, and subjectively experienced. Parents and children are equal contributors to influencing the wellbeing of the other. The study is based on individual interviews with parents and children from the Middle East. There is a reciprocal relationship between parent and child that emerges, where practices of love and caring, including helping out with chores and supporting each other in different ways, permeate everyday life. But there are also issues of concern and worry, particularly on the part of parents, about how the child’s present or future actions may stifle his/her chances of a better life, and about how contextual factors may restrain both parents’ and children’s aspirations for a better future, with negative implications for their wellbeing. Reforms must be put into practice that supports migrant children and parents in achieving their goals (i.e., employment, educational success, improved housing, increased wellbeing), and that acknowledge migrants as agents whose actions aim to improve their and their family members’ wellbeing and situation. 

National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15649 (URN)
Conference
Sociologidagarna, Lund, mars 7-9, 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: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
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