I often ask feminist questions in critical childhood studies research contexts. However, in the co-authored article “De/gendering violence and racialising blame in Swedish child welfare: what has childhood got to do with it?” (2021), children and childhoods are highlighted in relation to common feminist debates.Continue reading “De/gendering and racialising – what has childhood got to do with it?”
Protective Solutions in Child Welfare? Insights from a Finnish-Swedish co-writing project
In 2018, I had the amazing opportunity to visit University of Lapland in Rovaniemi, Finland. One of the results from this visit is the joint publication “Gender- and power sensitivity, securitisation and social peace: rethinking protection for children exposed to post-separation violence”.Continue reading “Protective Solutions in Child Welfare? Insights from a Finnish-Swedish co-writing project”
Why anthropology? (Serendipity)
“But why anthropology?”. I was asked the question shortly before finishing my doctoral thesis. It is rather uncommon to refer to so many anthropological studies in a thesis that is not based on ethnography and is, in addition to this, written within the field of child welfare social work. In social work, it is more common to refer to sociologists, psychologists, and political scientists. So why anthropology?Continue reading “Why anthropology? (Serendipity)”
The never-ending story: Disciplines
I not only use creative expressions that help me in my writing or to communicate the message of my texts. I have also experimented with a small project that I call Academia-Art (2019-2020) which is visible below. It raises questions about the reuse of knowledge and has also helped me to express challenging experiences in academia. Below, I describe this in Swedish, the language of my academic contexts.Continue reading “Academia-Art”
“…this research advances the field considerably in terms of our understanding of issues of responding to diversity, children’s participation and to understanding how knowledge cultures determine outcomes.”
“A well-rehearsed section of the thesis takes the reader through the notion of episteme, simply stated as what is understood as knowledge at any one time. For many this is a given but for the critical scholars the questions: who’s knowledge? How? What knowledges are subjugated? Why? become epistemological concerns.”Williams 2020
I was very pleased to read Professor Charlotte Williams’ review of my dissertation. Williams is a leading scholar in social work and she is internationally recognised for her research on ethnic diversity, multiculturalism, racism, and social justice issues in the context of welfare regimes and practices.Continue reading “Dissertation review”
Speaking bodies – silenced voices
My article “Speaking Bodies – Silenced Voices: Child Protection and the Knowledge Culture of ‘Evidencing’” is now freely accessible for downloading.
This study is a “write-back” because it was partially inspired by a comment at a seminar, where I presented a work in progress (now another published article).1Continue reading “Speaking bodies – silenced voices”
Social change in developmental times?
My first independent scholarly work is published!
…And it is published in Time & Society, one of my favourite peer-reviewed journals! What is the article about, then?Continue reading “Social change in developmental times?”
Independent Research: When? Why? How?
Before I got my doctor’s degree (PhD), different circumstances forced me to choose sooner rather than later a more independent path. This new path was a very helpful reminder of why I first wanted to become a researcher. This post is about writing as an independent scholar in 2020 and 2021.
How it all started
I am not quite sure when I got the idea first. I do remember though thinking about what makes you choose the path of independence on the day I met Sara Ahmed.Continue reading “Independent Research: When? Why? How?”
Turning a Dissertation into Art
Featured image: Dissertation cover image – PhD dissertation “Child (Bio)Welfare and Beyond: Intersecting Injustices in Childhoods and Swedish Child Welfare”.
Some people have asked about the dissertation cover image.Continue reading “Turning a Dissertation into Art”