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  • 1.
    Finch, Jo
    et al.
    Cass School of Education and Communities, University of East London, London, UK.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Örebro universitet, Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete.
    Kamali, Masoud
    Independent Scholar, Uppsala, Sweden.
    McKendrick, David
    Department of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK.
    Social work and countering violent extremism in Sweden and the UK2019Ingår i: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [sv]

    Det ställs allt större krav på det europeiska sociala arbetets praktik för att hantera ‘problemen’ med terrorism, som bl.a. att hjälpa drabbade av terrorist attacker, att ta hand om återvändande som har varit inblandade i terroristaktiviteter i Mellanöstern, eller, som ska diskuteras i denna artikel, att identifiera de som riskerar radikalisering och extremism. Både Storbritannien och Sverige har anti-terrorist policyn, men under senare år ställs allt högre krav på socialarbetare att implementera sådana policyn. Föreliggande artikel undersöker genom en komparativ ansats genomförandet av dessa policyn inte bara likheter i policy och praktiker av socialt arbete, utan också de etiska konsekvenserna dessa medför för socialarbetare i europeiska länder. Studien undersöker hur anti-radikaliseringspolicy påverkar socialt arbete i Sverige och Storbritannien och hur sådana policy riskerar att underminera det sociala arbetet som en profession för realisering av mänskliga rättigheter. Resultaten indikerar attanti-radikaliseringspolicy riskerar att reducera det sociala arbetets profession till att bli en profession för social kontroll. Detta har betydande konsekvenser för socialt arbete och dess globala etik, vilket måste beaktas och bekämpas av socialarbetare trogna principer om social rättvisa och mänskliga rättigheter.

  • 2. Flem, Aina L.
    et al.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Strauss,, Helle I.
    Global Awareness and international Dimensions in Social Work Education: Examples from three Scandinavian Schools of Social Work2015Konferensbidrag (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 3.
    Flem, Aina Lian
    et al.
    Department of Applied Social Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Department of Social Work, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Alseth, Ann Kristin
    Department of Applied Social Science, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, NTNU, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Strauss, Helle
    Institute of Social Work/Metropolitan University College, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
    Antczak, Helle
    Institute of Social Work/Metropolitan University College, Frederiksberg, Denmark.
    Revitalizing social work education through global and critical awareness: Examples from three Scandinavian schools of social work2017Ingår i: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 20, nr 1, s. 76-87Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Increasing globalisation, reorganisation of the Scandinavian welfare regimes and the awareness of increasing global roots of local social problems necessitated change in the curriculum of social work in three Scandinavian schools of social work in Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Recent global transformations, increasing global inequalities, increasing forced migration and the emergence of glocal social problems make the traditional education and methods of social work ineffective and in some cases harmful for people in need of social work intervention. This article examines the need to provide critical, global and multilevel perspectives in social work education in order to prepare social work students for the increasing social problems with global roots. The article, which is based on cross-national collaborations in social work education between three Scandinavian countries, addresses global and critical components in theoretical courses, professional training and field practice in the social work education of the countries in question. It is argued that social work education should move beyond the old division of classical and international/intercultural toward including global and critical perspectives in an integrative manner in all programs.

  • 4.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Örebro universitet, Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete.
    Forced migration, older people and displacement2019Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article describes the field of literature concerning globally displaced older refugees and outlines the implications for social work as a human rights profession. The study is based on a review of the social work literature and current examples of globally displaced older refugees; the Rohingya older people at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border and older Palestinians at the Israel-Gaza border and in Lebanon.

    The authors suggest that social workers as ‘front-line human rights workers’ are uniquely placed to identify needs, take actionable steps to protect, and advocate for the human rights of displaced older refugees. Global social work ethics and principles of human dignity and human rights need to underpin social work practices that engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing among displaced older refugees at war zones, at the borders and in refugee camps. Future research and welfare projects that aim at analysing the political context, which form the living conditions of forcibly displaced older refugees, whilst enhancing the importance of social workers in interprofessional collaborations and social protection in these areas, are discussed.

  • 5.
    Heggem Kojan, Bente
    et al.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    The refugee ‘crisis’, welfare nationalism and social justice: Critical perspectives in Social Work Education2017Ingår i: Social work education in Europe: challenging boundaries promoting a sustainable future: Book of abstracts, 2017, s. 35-35Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The increasing refugee immigration to Europe has influenced almost all European countries including Sweden and Norway. Although the countries have relatively strong welfare states, the neoliberal reorganisation and increasing immigration during 2015-2016 has challenged the welfare states. This presentation critically examines the sociopolitical responses of Sweden and Norway to the increasing immigration and refugees and how it might have influenced social work education and practice. Based on a review of governmental responses to the increasing immigration, we present how the right-based welfare states of Sweden and Norway were tackling the recent refugee ‘crisis’ and if the new situation has influenced social work education and practice aimed at promoting social justice and social integration. Increasing global social problems with local consequences require new perspectives and competencies of practice, which urge educational institutions to adapt themselves to new the conditions.

  • 6.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    A hatalomhoz juttatáson túl – a helyi közösségek megváltoztatása (Beyond Empowerment: Changing local communities)2012Ingår i: Együttmüködés és felelösségvállalás tanulása a szociális és közösségi munkában (Inter-professional Cooperation in Social Work) / [ed] Budai István, Nárai Márta, Győr: Széchenyi Istvan University , 2012, s. 11-25Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
  • 7.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    A Social Work Education Without Borders2015Ingår i: Social Dialogue, ISSN 2221-352X, nr 11, s. 4-7Artikel i tidskrift (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 8.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    A weakening welfare state and the changing professional identities of social workers in Sweden2018Ingår i: 8th European Conference for Social Work Research: Book of Abstracts, The University of Edinburgh , 2018, s. 170-170Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Social workers have historically been an integral part of a well-developed welfare state in Sweden. However, the traditional ‘solidary role’ of social workers has rapidly altered due to the neoliberal changes, which has weakened the social support system. This has created ‘identity crisis’ for many social workers who still perceive themselves as promoters of ‘welfare of the people’. This study explores the neoliberal transformations and the changing professional identity of municipal social workers and their experiences of, and responses to, the neoliberal reorganisation of public social work in Sweden. The following questions have guided the study: How has the recent political, social and organisational transformations influenced the daily work of social workers? How such changes have influenced the relationship and trust between social workers and service users? How such neoliberal transformations have influenced social workers professional identity? How do social workers respond to neoliberal changes in and limitations to their professional activities? The contribution is based on interviews with 15 social workers working in different municipalities in Sweden, during 2016-17. The interviewed social workers were engaged in different areas of public municipal social work, such as in the areas of child and family welfare, homelessness, mental health problems and substance abuse and social work with asylum-seekers. The results have been analysed in the frame of critical social theory. The study shows that meanwhile some social workers are resisting the neoliberal managerialism, which influence their sense of pride in their professional identities by finding new creative and progressive ways of working with people in need, others are uncritically adjusting themselves to evolving forms of neoliberal managerialism. It is concluded that the new neoliberal political and organisational landscape of professional social work in Sweden and the retreat of the welfare state from its traditional duties and, thereby, the reduction of social workers possibilities to work directly with service users, make the struggle for revitalisation of rights-based welfare state and solidary social work more urgent than ever.

  • 9.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Beyond empowerment: Changing local communities2010Ingår i: International Social Work, ISSN 0020-8728, E-ISSN 1461-7234, Vol. 53, nr 3, s. 393-406Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article critically analyses empowerment projects in a local community in southern India and explores the shortcomings of development projects aimed at changing living conditions of marginalized people. It is argued that international social work should move beyond established empowerment theories and practices and include combating structural barriers in an emancipatory manner.

  • 10.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Book review: Child Welfare Systems and Migrant Children: A Cross Country Study of Policies and Practice2016Ingår i: Critical Social Policy, ISSN 0261-0183, E-ISSN 1461-703X, Vol. 36, nr 3, s. 458-460Artikel, recension (Refereegranskat)
  • 11.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Dagbok och självreflektion i det sociala arbetets forskning2011Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 12.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Det handlar om rättigheter - inte välgörenhet2010Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 13.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Development and empowerment through the Crèche and the role of female sex workers: Field practice in India2011Rapport (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
  • 14.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Globalisation, Community Development and Empowerment2014Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    In a time of growing demand for and debate on sustainable development, which also influences the field of social work, development is often related to various empowerment-oriented and neoliberal investment related activities for the development of ‘non-developed’ countries. This risks ignoring the structural mechanisms, which reproduce global inequalities and non-sustainability. This poster critically examines the dilemmas linked to a neoliberal and linear global development agenda for combating poverty and global problems declared by international organs, such as the UN and the EU, which also influences the practices of social work. The following questions are guiding the study: ‘Which are the core arguments behind the recent UN and EU reports concerning sustainable development for empowering local communities? ‘How do individuals and families from local communities evaluate the effects of such projects and programs for their life conditions? What is the role of social work in combating shortcomings of a linear development agenda and the development of new sustainable alternatives? The study is based on analysis of official UN and EU documents guiding sustainable development and interviews with individuals with experiences of development projects and programs in local communities in Southern India and in a few West African countries. The results of the study show that the discourse of ‘sustainable development’ in the recent UN report and EU documents are very much guided by a neoliberal and West-centric understanding of global development and empowerment, which deteriorate the living conditions of people living in non-Western local communities. It is argued that social work should consider the dilemmas and problems engaged in the established discourse of‘sustainable development’ and find alternative programs beyond the West-centric development agenda. This requires further development of ‘the global agenda for social work’ in order to address the mechanisms behind the reproduction of inequalities in the name of development.

  • 15.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Krokodiltårar i Italien2013Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 16.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Local Reactions to Global Problems: Undocumented Immigrants and Social Work2014Ingår i: British Journal of Social Work, ISSN 0045-3102, E-ISSN 1468-263X, Vol. 44, s. 35-52Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This study examines the tensions between the Global Statements of Ethical Principles of Social Work influenced by the Universal Declarations of Human Rights and related international conventions and the social work practices with undocumented immigrants in Sweden. The paper is based on a comprehensive study of working practices with undocumented immigrants in the framework of the Swedish social care system, where municipal social workers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) actors have been interviewed. The material was complemented by participant observations. The empirical results show how globalisation, migration and social problems of undocumented immigrants increasingly challenge the national basis of social work and create tensions between national laws and practices guiding the Swedish welfare services and the Global Statements of Ethical Principles of Social Work. The lack of adequate working methods and legal frames makes it possible for social workers and NGO actors to make informal alliances with other actors for the improvement of undocumented immigrants’ living conditions. It is argued that the national basis of social work should be reformed in order to include global conditions of local social problems and realise itself as a human rights profession.

  • 17.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Local Reactions to Global Problems: Undocumented Immigrants and Social Work2013Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 18.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Localised Globalities and Social Work: Contemporary Challenges2014Doktorsavhandling, sammanläggning (Övrigt vetenskapligt)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent global and structural transformations, a West-centric development agenda and the triumph of neoliberal politics have led to destructive consequences for many local communities and individual life chances. The global dominance of the West-centric development agenda, with its roots in the colonial past, has created uneven developments and an unjust world in which Western countries continue to gain advantages and increase their prosperity. Although a minority elite in many non-Western countries share the same interests as Western countries and their global organs, the majority of people in these countries are suffering from increasing socioeconomic inequalities. As a result of the dogmatic belief in a singular and West-centric modernity and its practices, many problems are considered to be the result of non-Western countries’ inabilities to complete the project of modernity in accordance with Western blueprints. This has also influenced social work as a global and modern profession. Social problems are often individualised and the reasons behind many inequalities are increasingly related to non-Western people’s individual shortcomings and traditional cultural backgrounds. In Western and non-Western countries equally are the neoliberal structural and institutional transformations ignored and social problems of individuals and families defined as a matter of wrong and deviant actions and choices.

    The main objective of the dissertation, which is constituted of four articles and an overall introduction and summary, is to examine the consequences of recent neoliberal globalisation based on the belief in a single and West-centric modernity and development agenda and their consequences for social work facing increasing global inequalities. The following research questions have guided the work: ‘How can social work play an effective role in combating social problems and otherisation, marginalisation and increasing inequalities in a globalised world?’, ‘How does the global development agenda function within the local arenas of social work?’, ‘Are development projects improving people’s life chances in local communities in non-Western countries?’, ‘How informed and responsive are social workers towards the global context of local problems?’

    The work is based on a qualitative design using qualitative content analysis for analysing data collected through interviews, participant observations and official documents. The results show that irrespective of where and in which context social problems are appearing, since local problems often have global roots, a global perspective to local problems should be included in every practices of social work in order to develop new methods of practices in an increasingly globalised field of work. Destruction of local communities, forced migration from non-Western countries, and marginalisation of people with immigrant background in Western countries should not be considered only as local problems, but also as problems with their roots in global structural inequalities which reproduces global social problems with local consequences.

    It is argued that social work should consider the dilemmas and problems connected to the taken for granted West-centric theories, understandings and practices of social work in order to develop new methods of practices for combating social problems, marginalisation and increasing inequalities in a globalised world. Such a position includes practicing multilevel social work, social work in global alliances beyond the division of East and West, and mobilisation against neoliberalism and the retreat of the welfare state. This requires critical standpoints against the relationship between the global context of the neoliberal ideology and practices in a Western-dominated and postcolonial world and the daily practices of social work.

     

     

  • 19.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Om gränser, gränslösa ambitioner och socialt arbete2011Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 20.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Om intersektionella perspektiv och socialt arbete2011Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 21.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Örebro universitet, Institutionen för juridik, psykologi och socialt arbete.
    Overfishing, social problems, and ecosocial sustainability in Senegalese fishing communities2019Ingår i: Journal of Community Practice, ISSN 1070-5422, E-ISSN 1543-3706Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores living conditions of people in Senegalese fishing communities in relation to environmental change and unregulated fishing by foreign boats, weakening local opportunities and increasing forced migration of youth, creating problems for the future development of local fishery communities. It employs a postcolonial perspective and analyzes data collected through interviews with individuals from Senegalese fishing communities, social workers and relevant documents. The results show local reactions based on alliances between social workers and local community members to overfishing and the need for national and global structural changes. It is argued that EU’s fishing agreements with Senegalese government is one of the reasons behind youths’ forced migration to EU countries and that the betterment of the living conditions of fishery communities in Senegal requires not only already emerging alliances between social workers and local community members, but also national and global structural changes to protect Africa’s fishing communities and local fisheries.

  • 22.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Poverty alleviation, development, and social work practice in West Africa: A focus on Senegal2016Ingår i: The Handbook of Social Work and Social Development in Africa / [ed] Mel Gray, New York: Routledge , 2016, s. 243-255Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
  • 23.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Department of Social work, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Servants of a 'sinking Titanic' or actors of change?: contested identities of social workers in Sweden [Passiva tjänare av ‘ett sjunkande skepp’ eller förändringsaktörer? Ifrågasatta identiteter hos socialarbetare i Sverige]2019Ingår i: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 22, nr 2, s. 212-224Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [sv]

    Historiskt sett har svenska socialarbetare varit en integrerad del av en välutvecklad välfärdsstat. Men på grund av de nyliberala förändringar som har inneburit en försvagning av välfärdsstaten och dess stödsystem för utsatta grupper och individer, har socialarbetares traditionella ‘solidariska roll’ snabbt förändrats. Detta har skapat rollkonflikter och flera dilemman för många socialarbetare som fortfarande uppfattar och identifierar sig som en profession som främjar välfärd och solidaritet. Föreliggande artikel ämnar att undersöka hur de senaste decenniernas nyliberala förändringar har påverkat socialarbetares professionella identitet i Sverige. Studien bygger på ett omfattande empiriskt material bestående av intervjuer med socialarbetare verksamma inom den kommunala sektorn. Studiens resultat visar på en växande och utbredd oro hos socialarbetare för deras nya professionella roller och funktioner som byråkrater i en nyliberaliserad organisation i offentligt socialt arbete snarare än välfärdsagenter. Resultatet visar också att socialarbetarna reagerar på olika sätt mot sina nya nyliberala professionella roller och funktioner. En del försöker hitta kreativa och nya sätt att arbeta i solidaritet, medans andra, kritiska attityder tilltrots, ser en anpassning till nya organisatoriska ramar som ett sätt att fortsätta sitt jobb. Artikelförfattaren menar att socialarbetare inte behöver vara passiva aktörer i nyliberaliseringsprocessen av det offentliga socialt arbetet i Sverige, utan kan vara aktiva aktörer i att motverka nyliberala förändringarna inom professionen och inta solidariska arbetssätt och identiteter.

  • 24.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Sexualiserat våld och förtryck är också en klassfråga2014Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 25.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Social work beyond cultural otherisation2013Ingår i: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 3, nr 2, s. 159-167Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Globalisation, increasing inequalities and marginalisation create new challenges for social work as a global profession and research arena. The recent global socio-economic and structural transformations have reinforced otherisation of non-western peoples and the use of the old colonial discursive repertoire of ‘Us’ and ‘Them’. This paper argues that culturalisation of social problems creates obstacles for the development of new methods and practices in social work.

  • 26.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Socialt arbete och den globala utvecklingsagendan2011Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 27.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Sustainable development and the global role of social work: Discontents and new horizons2018Ingår i: SWSD 2018: Abstract Book, 2018, s. 925-925Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Social work has only recently embraced sustainable development as part of its global engagement for the improvement of the living conditions of people. This calls for greater global cooperation for monitoring sustainable development in which the betterment of people is the main goals of development. It acknowledges the global roots of local problems and the need for global joined action as part of the core ethical statements of social work in order to handle challenges created by globalisation of neoliberalism. This includes even marketisation and standardisation of professional social work as part of ‘taking care of the problems’ created by recent decades’ neoliberal structural and institutional transformations. This paper aims at exploring the role of social work in counteracting the destructive ‘developmental’ consequences of neoliberal globalisation, including the destruction of local communities’ opportunities and people’s living conditions. Following questions are guiding this study: ‘How can social work research and education help to fulfil the goals of sustainable development? How can social work tackle neoliberal obstacles to sustainable development in its daily practices? The study is based on, research reviews, interviews and documents concerning standardised methods and practices in social work. The results show that critical knowledge of neoliberal models of development and educating students of social work about the necessity of a global sustainable development in which the improvement of people’s living condition and the future of the planet lies at the heart of social work practice are vital for a solidary global social work. It is argued that since neoliberal globalisation have been assisted by political decision makings, social work should be highly engaged in global political and protest social movements, which nurture new and solidary horizons promoting a sustainable and better future for everybody.

  • 28.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    The contested field of social work in a retreating welfare state: the case of Sweden2015Ingår i: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 3, nr 3, s. 357-374Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article critically examines the consequences of the neoliberal reorganisation of the welfare state for social work in Sweden in a time of increasing poverty, marginalisation and social problems. The retreat of the welfare state from its traditional obligations has resulted in the emergence of many voluntary and private actors in the Swedish ‘care market’, driving social work to authoritative action of social control and engagement in charitable activities. Based on a review of recent events indicating that municipal social work is in crisis, it is shown that critical voices are reacting against the increasing shortcomings of the welfare state, including municipal social work practices. It is argued that the pursuit of rights-based social work is urgent and that social work should be engaged in raising critical questions influencing public debate in order to counteract the increasing neoliberal dissolution of the Swedish welfare state and social work, which has led to increasing inequalities and injustices.

  • 29.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    The nationalised social work and globalized social problems: The Swedish dilemma2012Ingår i: Social Work Social Development 2012: Abstract Book, 2012, s. 273-274Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    Social work in Sweden has developed from being voluntary charity work to a major responsibility for the state and municipal authorities. Based on a well-developed legal system, social authorities and social workers are the agents who decide who are entitled to governmental and municipal subsidies and who are not. Despite ideological changes and political transformations which have resulted in the retreats of the Swedish welfare state from its traditional positions during the latest decades, the regular social work is still strong and important for many people in Sweden. However, globalisation, migration and global social problems increasingly challenge the national basis of social work and create a tension between national laws, which guide Swedish social work, and the Code of Ethics of social work declared by IFSW. A growing group who are excluded from getting support from social workers in Sweden are undocumented immigrants. Without citizenship or residence permits in Sweden, undocumented immigrants are excluded from municipal social services, social rights and access to basic social services, equal employment opportunities, health, housing and education. Undocumented immigrants have therefore to rely on irregular social work such as deprived voluntary organisations’ function at the margins. This paper critically examines the discrepancies between the universal declarations of human rights and social justice in IFSW’s Code of Ethics and the Swedish social work as one of the strongest and most inclusive social welfare regimes in Europe. Questions, such as “How informed are social workers and politicians of the problems of social welfare of undocumented immigrants? Are there any political or social programs for changing the laws and improving the life conditions of undocumented immigrants? How do social workers respond to the conflicts between the IFSW’s Code of Ethics and the exclusion of undocumented immigrants from the Swedish welfare system?” are guiding this study. The study is based on analysing official documents, conducting interviews with municipal social workers, political agents and NGOs in three large cities in Sweden with substantial numbers of undocumented immigrants. The results show that the displacement of thousands of undocumented immigrants and their ’place less segregation’ in Sweden and deprivation of their living conditions should guide us to re-evaluate the practices of social work in an era of increasing global inequalities.

  • 30.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    "Vi och dem"-tänkandet är skadligt2015Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
  • 31.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Välfärdsstatens försvagning, ökade sociala problem och social mobilisering2018Ingår i: Samhällsarbete: Aktörer, arenor och perspektiv / [ed] Stefan Sjöberg och Päivi Turunen, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB , 2018, s. 237-250Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
  • 32.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Writing against Postcolonial Imaginations: The White Race for a Weakening Patriarchy2012Ingår i: Emergent Writing Methodologies in Feminist Studies / [ed] Mona Livholts, London: Routledge , 2012, s. 113-129Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter is a writing against normalized and naked everyday racism and sexism in our society. Although it deals with recent structural transformations and their glocalized consequences, it focuses on micro-processes based on the intersection of class, gender and ethnicity/‘race’ for the reproduction of global inequalities. The chapter critically analyzes the medialized ‘love market’ and its otherization of ‘immigrant women’ as inferiorized to both white women and men equally.

  • 33.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Flem, Aina L.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Critical and global approaches in social work education and field training2016Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
  • 34.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Flem, Aina L.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Field training in the Global South and unequal power relations: On the challenges of encounters2018Ingår i: FORSA/NOUSA - Nordic Social Work Conference 2018: Book of Abstracts, 2018, s. 41-41Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    International field training offers unique opportunity for social work students to deepen their understandings of dominant social forces and power relations behind the reproduction of inequalities. Field training in the Global South is often influenced by many students’ colonial discourses and ignorance of their ‘whiteness of power’ received through their West-centric education in the Global North. This creates a challenge for social work educators to properly prepare students for field training in Global South. In this study, based on a mixed method approach, web survey, focus groups and document review of field reports, we examine how international field training influence Swedish and Norwegian students’ knowledge and personal and professional development. The study is guided by the questions: ‘What exemplify inequality of power encountered by the students conducting field training in the Global South?’, ‘What prevent and enable students in identifying unequal power relations during international field training?’, ‘How can social work educators ensure that social work students disentangle power dynamics at personal and structural levels? The results of the study show that international field training can both contribute to deepening students’ understanding of power and privileges and also reinforce their a priori ‘Us’ and ‘Them’-based knowledge. This means that social work educators bear a major responsibility for developing critical curriculums including pedagogical practices using critical reflection of how own biases, assumptions and dominant worldviews may affect the ways students perceive differences and power relations in international field trainings in the Global South.

  • 35.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Flem, Aina L.
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Teaching Social Work Values and Ethics in international field training2017Ingår i: Social work education in Europe: challenging boundaries promoting a sustainable future: Book of abstracts, 2017, s. 72-72Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    The Global Statements of Ethical Principles of Social Work highlight the need to educate social workers about values and ethics. The ethical challenges and dilemmas connected to social work training in international contexts have not received much attention in social work research and education. This paper explores how post-colonial, west-centric and neoliberal thinking and practices have impacted upon international social work including field training and highlights our opportunities as social work educators to respond in an ethical manner by critical pedagogy and anti-oppressive social work approaches. The study is based on mixed methods of web survey and focus groups with Norwegian and Swedish social work students who have conducted international field training. The preliminary results of the study show that in order to reduce multilevel vulnerability, the values of social justice should be placed at the core of social work education and international field training.

  • 36.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Department of Social Work, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden.
    Flem, Aina Lian
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    International field training in social work education: beyond colonial divides2018Ingår i: Social Work Education, ISSN 0261-5479, E-ISSN 1470-1227, Vol. 37, nr 7, s. 895-908Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the influence of and need for a critical and global-oriented social work education on students’ learning and developments in the context of international field training. The study uses mixed methods strategy of web survey, focus groups and document review of field reports. Participants in the study are social work students from social work programs in Norway and Sweden who have conducted their international field training in the Global South. The results of the study show that in order to obtain a critical and postcolonial understanding of global inequalities and the role of social work, students need to be truly prepared for international field training by critical and postcolonial knowledge, which will challenge many students’ West-centric perspectives and facilitate them by a self-reflective positioning throughout their field training. The imagination of traveling to and ‘learning about the others’ should be then replaced by a move beyond ‘us-and-them’ divides in line with the ethical principles and values of social work.

  • 37.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Ghazanfareeon Karlsson, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Marginalization and social work in a changing society: Older refugees and social work2017Konferensbidrag (Refereegranskat)
    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.

  • 38.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Heggem Kojan, Bente
    Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway.
    Social justice beyond neoliberal welfare nationalism: Challenges of increasing immigration to Sweden and Norway2017Ingår i: Critical and radical social work An international journal, ISSN 2049-8608, E-ISSN 2049-8675, Vol. 5, nr 3, s. 301-317Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This article critically examines the socio-political responses of Sweden and Norway to the increasing of immigration and refugees in 2015/16. Based on a review of governmental and municipal authorities’ responses to the increasing immigration to the two countries, the results show that the increasing of immigration and refugees in a time of neoliberal reorganisation in society creates new conceptual, ethical and practical challenges for the practices of social work in the two countries. It is argued that the neoliberal privatisation of the reception of newcomers deteriorates the possibilities of social work to play its effective role in promoting social justice and social cohesion. Social work as a global and human rights profession should move beyond national boundaries and care nationalism in order to realise solidary goals and the international commitments of social work and social workers.

  • 39.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Kamali, Masoud
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Fishing for development: A question for social work2012Ingår i: International Social Work, ISSN 0020-8728, E-ISSN 1461-7234, Vol. 55, nr 4, s. 504-521Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explores the consequences of the European Union’s fishing agreements with a few African countries for individuals in local communities. The empirical results show that European fishing in African waters has destructive consequences for local fishing communities and leads to increasing migration from fishing communities to Europe where immigrants are facing increasing discrimination. It is argued that social work should consider new global transformations and build global alliances in order to fight against structural inequalities and improve individual life chances.

  • 40.
    Kamali, Masoud
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Kulturkompetens och antirasistiskt socialt arbete2018Ingår i: Manifest: för ett socialt arbete i tiden / [ed] Magnus Dahlstedt & Philip Lalander, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB , 2018, s. 279-289Kapitel i bok, del av antologi (Refereegranskat)
  • 41.
    Kamali, Masoud
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Neoliberalism, Nordic Welfare States and Social Work: Current and Future Challenges2018Samlingsverk (redaktörskap) (Refereegranskat)
  • 42.
    Svensson, Jessika
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Jönsson, Jessica H.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Israelsson, Magnus
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Kamali, Masoud
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Kaffrell-Lindahl, Angelika
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Espvall, Majen
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Blid, Mats
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Miller, Emelie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Andoh-Appiah, Charlotte
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Mårtenson, Anneli
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Calbucura, Jorge
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Thörn, Carina
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Engqvist, Ulf
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Hoppstadius, Helena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Jonsson, Ummmis
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Östman, Caroline
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Karlsson-G, Sofie
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Hedman, Åsa-Helena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work, Östersund, Sweden.
    Socialtjänsten ska inte fungera som angivare2016Övrigt (Övrig (populärvetenskap, debatt, mm))
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