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  • 1351.
    Wittrock, Jon
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Sacred Nature and the Nature of the Sacred: Rethinking the Sacred in the Anthropocene2016In: Telos, ISSN 0090-6514, E-ISSN 1940-459X, no 177, p. 107-126Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 1352. Wittrock, Jon
    Tid för Europa?: Gemenskap, minne, hopp2012In: Tid för Europa?: Gemenskap, minne, hopp / [ed] Wittrock, Jon, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2012, p. 9-43Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1353.
    Wittrock, Jon
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Vid gränsen: Rättvisa, värdighet och världsförstörelse2015In: Människa, stat, utopi: En antologi om det möjligas konst / [ed] Mårten Björk & Jon Wittrock, Hägersten: Tankekraft , 2015, p. 233-260Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1354.
    Wittrock, Jon
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Andrén, Mats
    Göteborgs universitet.
    The Critique of European Nihilism: Interpretation, Responsibility, and Action2014In: European Review, ISSN 1062-7987, E-ISSN 1474-0575, Vol. 22, no 02, p. 179-195Article, review/survey (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of ‘nihilism’ is ambiguous and has had and continues to be attached to several different usages. This special Focus primarily looks at the ways in which ‘nihilism’, in and following the works of Friedrich Nietzsche, has been understood as specifically tied to a crisis of European culture or civilisation, and has come to be politicised in conjunction with the National Socialist and Fascist movements in Germany and Italy during the twentieth century. Specifically, the individual articles deal with the connection between an understanding of nihilism and what it entails for the question concerning political responsibility. This introductory article presents this thematic, introduces the other contributions, and attempts to situate these debates on nihilism in the context of processes of secularisation. The article retrieves three major themes in relation to the critiques surveyed in this special Focus: nihilism as a crisis of beliefs and values, as an appropriation of religious elements into ideological grand narratives, and as the unshackling of an instrumental approach towards reality, and argues that all of them remain relevant to contemporary debates.

  • 1355. Wittrock, Jon
    et al.
    Falk, Hjalmar
    Göteborgs universitet, Institutionen för litteratur, idéhistoria och religion.
    Vän eller fiende?: Carl Schmitt och det politiska2012In: Vän eller fiende?: En antologi om Carl Schmitts politiska tänkande / [ed] Wittrock, Jon & Falk, Hjalmar, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2012, p. 9-29Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1356.
    Wittrock, Jon
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Polt, Richard
    Introduction: The Nature of Nature and the Politics of Fate2016In: Telos, ISSN 0090-6514, E-ISSN 1940-459X, no 177, p. 3-15Article, review/survey (Refereed)
  • 1357.
    Wizelius, Akira
    Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
    Feministiskt initiativ - en idéanalys2008Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 poäng / 15 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Feminist initiative – an idea analysis.

    On the fourth of April in the year 2005 Feministic initiative (Fi) was created, it was an main response to the slow changes in the Swedish society, which claimed to establish an equal society. Equality has become one of the major indicators of a contemporary democratic society. The Swedish government has long proclaimed to reach this goal, but even though Sweden currently lies in the front among the democratic societies, while you consider equality issues, especially between the sexes, there is still a lot that need to be done in the Swedish society. Feministic initiative began as an organization and established a political party and participated in the election during the year 2006, but failed to reach a place in the parliament. Recently Feministic initiative said that they will participate in the upcoming election in the year 2010.

    It made me wonder which feministic ideals that Feministic initiative actually practices. Feminism is a broad ideology, and a reaction against the society that claims to be democratic but systematically oppresses women. This oppression created feminism; but there is different views of feminism, my main objective in this paper is to present a few different feministic directions. These are, radicalfeminism, marxistic feminism, liberalfeminism, socialistic feminism, post-modernfeminism and black (women’s) feminism. From these theories will I create a analyze frame and try to locate different kinds of feministic ideas within Feministic initiatives policy documents called F! for a feministic policy, election manifest and platform for Feministic initiative

    Thus, the main focus in this paper to do an idea analyze and focus on Feministic initiative, do they really use the different ideas expressed within the different types of feminism that I consider in this paper in a equal manner? The conclusion is that Feministic initiative is tendentious, Feministic initiative uses ideas, perspectives and expressions that are typical for radicalfeminism more than they use ideas, perspectives and expressions from other types of feminism.

  • 1358.
    Wizelius, Akira
    Södertörn University College, Lärarutbildningen.
    Skoldemokrati: En kvalitativ intervjustudie som undersöker elevrådet och elevkåren som demokratiska forum för gymnasieelever i Stockholm.2009Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The main objective in this study is to examine the pupil’s possibility to affect the upper secondary schools in Stockholm, Sweden. I was once active in the pupil’s council and experienced some hardships, feeling a great dissatisfaction among teachers and principals against pupil’s suggestions and chances to affect their school environment. Thus I wanted to do a contemporary study of where schools in Stockholm stand today within this issue. This study is based on Robert A. Dahl’s theory about democracy, from which I have created my theoretical template, I interpreted Dahl’s theory and formed my own seven institutions from his original theory. With this construction I developed survey questions, which were designed to measure school democracy. I used a qualitative survey method, where I interviewed pupils who are active in the pupil’s council in five different schools today, one of the respondents is a civil servant for the Swedish pupils council centralorganization (Seco).

    Based on my interviews I have analyzed whether the contemporary upper secondary schools is or is not democratic. My conclusion, I see a wide variety of democratic institutions in Stockholm today, but when comparing the schools today with schools just six years ago, I can trace down huge differences. The pupil’s have learned to organize in a wider manner than six years ago, moreover the main problem doesn’t seem to be a lack of opportunities to influence the school today, the general attitude against the pupil’s council seem to have changed considerably amongst principals and teachers for the better. The main problem for the schools to actually be democratic in a wide manner seems to lie on the pupil’s, if pupil’s showed more interest the schools would be more democratic. Because schools today strive to be as democratic as possible and with organizations like Seco the pupil’s council will be democratic as well, the schools in the Swedish (Stockholm) contemporary society today is according to my study democratic.  

     

     

  • 1359.
    Yakusheva, Natalya
    Södertörn University, School of Natural Sciences, Technology and Environmental Studies, Environmental Science.
    Cooperation in Wildlife Management: Regional Aspects and Challenges in Central Asia2015In: The current situation of wildlife management in Central Asian Countries / [ed] Rolf Baldus, Bishkek: FLERMONECA , 2015, p. 66-80Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 1360.
    Zarei, Semire
    Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
    Varför uppkom och upphörde Irakiska Kurdistan?: En teoriutvecklande kvalitativ fallstudie2007Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this political scientist paper is to describe and analyze the quasi state Iraqi Kurdistan 1992-2006 using the theory of Kolstö about how and why quasi states develops and the theory of Pegg regarding how the international society deal with quasi states. A qualitative case method is used. In the study the two theories are combined. Iraqi Kurdistan is used as a case to study to confirm Kolstö’s and Pegg’s theories. It’s an interesting case as it’s included in one of the most sensitive geo political areas in the world. The Kuwait war 1990 and the Second Gulf war 1991 were the incentive to Iraqi Kurdistan as a quasi state and the US invasion of Iraq 2003 was the incentive to the end of it. In conclusion the case verify the theories and the theories promote the understanding of Iraqi Kurdistan’s period as a quasi state. The goal of the quasi state Iraqi Kurdistan was to become a federal state in a federal Iraq and it succeeded.

  • 1361.
    Zarycki, Tomasz
    Södertörn University College.
    Central European mosaic: Polish and Ukrainian political spaces compared2001Report (Other academic)
  • 1362.
    Zavatti, Francesco
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    The Burden of Sad Times. Another Face of the Twentieth Century: Review of Stefano Bottoni's book 'Un altro Novecento L’Europa orientale dal 1919 a oggi' ['Another twentieth century: Eastern Europe from 1919 to the present day']2012In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. 4, no 3-4, p. 80-82Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 1363.
    Zurek, Karolina
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Analiza powstawania i funkcjonowania globalnego reżimu bezpieczeństwa i jakości żywności2012In: Wprowadzenie do problematyki globalnych reżimów regulacyjnych / [ed] A. Surdej, J. Brzozowski, Torun: Wydawnictwu Adam Marszalek, 2012Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1364. Zurek, Karolina
    Peter Gussone, Das Solidaritätsprinzip in der Europäischen Union und seine Grenzen2007In: European Law Reporter, ISSN 1028-9690, no 7-8, p. 290-291Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 1365.
    Zurek, Karolina
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Regulating Food Trade in the Enlarged European Union2013In: Balancing between Trade and Risk: Integrating Legal and Social Science Perspectives / [ed] Marjolein B. A. van Asselt, Esther Versluis, Ellen Vos, London: Routledge, 2013, p. 15-32Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1366.
    Åberg, Martin
    Södertörn University.
    Putnam's social capital theory goes east: A case study of western Ukraine and L'viv2000In: Europe-Asia Studies, ISSN 0966-8136, E-ISSN 1465-3427, Vol. 52, no 2, p. 295-317Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 1367.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Activity breeds activity?: Cumulative citizenship and relations between volunteering and study circle participation in Sweden2014Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 1368.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    Change in Motion or Processing Change2011In: Nordic Civil Society at a Cross-Roads: Transforming the Popular Movement Tradition / [ed] Filip Wijkström & Annette Zimmer, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2011, p. 151-176Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 1369.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Civil Society and Biopolitics in Contemporary Russia: The Case of Russian ‘Daddy-Schools’2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper will deal with civil society organizations active in the field of family policy and demographic issues in contemporary Russia, using Michel Foucault’s concepts of biopolitics and governmentality. More specifically, so called “daddy-schools” that have emerged in and around Saint Petersburg since 2008, are studied, using interviews and documents. A preliminary analysis shows that the organizations work as complements to the state but have also influenced policy, altered legislation and challenged established assumptions and the governmentality of the Russian state concerning parenthood, the “good” father and how to deal with the ongoing demographic crisis.

  • 1370.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal University College.
    Civil Society and Biopolitics in Contemporary Russia: The Case of Russian "Daddy-Schools"2015In: Foucault Studies, ISSN 1832-5203, E-ISSN 1832-5203, no 20, p. 76-95Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article deals with civil society organizations active in the field of family policy and demographic issues in contemporary Russia, using Michel Foucault’s concepts of biopolitics and governmentality. More specifically, so called “daddy-schools” that have emerged in and around Saint Petersburg since 2008, are studied, using interviews and documents. The analysis shows that the organizations work as a complement to the state but have also been able to influence policy, alter legislation and challenge the established assumptions and governmentality of the Russian state concerning parenthood, the “good” father and how to deal with the ongoing demographic crisis and increase fertility.

  • 1371.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS). Södertörn University, School of Political Science, Economics and Law, Political science.
    Civil Society in Different Guises2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1372.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Civil Society Organizations in the EU: Being Ideological or Having an Impact?2014Conference paper (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Civil society organizations are discussed as actors who can reduce democratic deficits in global/regional governance institutions, not least the EU which is the focus of this paper. However, organizations with different aims and ideologies often come together in large meta-organizations to address EU-institutions. This paper studies how the identity and ideological acerbity of CSOs is affected by membership in heterogeneous meta-organizations through a case study of CONCORD Europe, active in the development cooperation field at the EU level. Theoretically, neo-institutional theory and research on meta-organizations is used. Empirically, documents and interviews with representatives of CONCORD and CONCORD’s membership are analyzed.

  • 1373.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    Co-operating across borders: Adult education and transnational civil society co-operation2009In: The State, Civil Society and the Citizen: Exploring Relationships in the Field of Adult Education in Europe / [ed] Michal Bron Jr, Paula Guimarães, Rui Vieira de Castro, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2009, p. 131-147Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 1374.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Den vilda jakten på legitimiteten2012In: En mosaik av mening: Om studieförbund och civilsamhälle / [ed] Johan von Essen & Gunnar Sundgren, Göteborg: Daidalos, 2012, p. 105-136Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1375.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Empowering citizens or pleasing customers?: Commercialization and tradition in Swedish study associations2011In: Adult Education and Citizenship: Relations in Space and Time : abstract book, 2011, p. 7-Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1376.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Managing expectations, demands and myths: Swedish study associations caught between civil society, the state and the market2013In: VOLUNTAS - International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, ISSN 0957-8765, E-ISSN 1573-7888, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 537-558Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Several challenges, external and internal, to the identity and position of civil society organizations exist today. Organizations may be tempted or coerced into closer cooperation with the state. There are also incentives to become more market oriented. This article deals with such struggles in Swedish study associations and how these organizations attempt to gain legitimacy. The tradition of the organization is an important legitimating aspect and so is efficiency. These two aspects can complement each other but may also collide. The article demonstrates how civil society organizations handle an influx of market logics and trends of professionalization when these clash with a civil society identity. The findings indicate that different isomorphic processes are at work. Cultural resources are used to handle conflicting myths, leading to varied discursive strategies and incidences of decoupling.

  • 1377.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Myths and Traditions as Constraints or Resources?: Path Dependency and Decoupling Strategies among Civil Society Organizations2015In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 19-38Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    History and traditions are important for many civil society organizations (CSOs). However, they have to mediate between their original mission and modern-day realities. This article argues that the concept of decoupling can enrich analyses of how organizations deal with path dependency. Hence, theoretically, the article discusses cross-fertilization between historical and organizational institutionalism. This is illustrated through a study of Swedish CSOs using survey data, interviews and documents. The Swedish popular movement tradition is argued to be a path that is not easily abandoned, and the results show how actors in CSOs find history to be both a resource and a constraint. Furthermore, different decoupling strategies, including both reversed and official decoupling, are used to balance between historical legacies and current challenges.

  • 1378.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Promoting Active Fathers: The Birth and Development of a Civic Initiative in Contemporary Northwestern Russia2014In: ISTR Conference Working Paper Series, 2014, Vol. IXConference paper (Refereed)
  • 1379.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    (Re-)Building Adult Education through Transnational Cooperation2007In: Changing Relationships between the State, the Civil Society and the Citizen: Implications for Adult Education and Adult Learning. Proceedings of the 2007 Active Democratic Citizenship and Adult Learning Network Seminar. / [ed] Rui Vieira de Castro, Paula Guimarães, Michal Bron Jr, Ian Martin, Raquel Oliveira, Braga: Unit for Adult Education, University of Minho , 2007, p. 3-13Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1380.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    [Recension av:] Skedsmo, Pål Wilter. Russisk sivilsamfunn og norske hjelpere2011In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, Vol. 25, no 2, p. 182-184Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 1381.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    Spreading the word: Transnational cooperation and the (re-) building of adult education in Estonia2006Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1382.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    Svensk folkbildning i estnisk tappning?2011In: Årsbok om folkbildning: Forskning & utveckling 2010 / [ed] Stellan Boozon, Krister Hansson, Maj-Britt Imnander, Ants Viirman, Stockholm: Föreningen för folkbildningsforskning , 2011, p. 144-163Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 1383.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES), Baltic & East European Graduate School (BEEGS).
    Translating Popular Education: Civil Society Cooperation between Sweden and Estonia2008Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
  • 1384.
    Åberg, Pelle
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science.
    Transnational Socialization: Cooperation between Swedish and Estonian Adult Education Organizations2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 1385.
    Åberg, Pelle
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science.
    Bron Jr, Michal
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Södertörn University Library.
    Milana, Marcella
    Århus University.
    Obučenie vzroslych demokratičeskoj graždanstvennosti - zadača graždanskogo obščestva?2013In: Graždanskoe obrazovanie i prosveščenie naselenija: rossijskij i zarubežnyj opyt / [ed] V. S. Tkačenko, Sankt-Peterburg: Politehnika-servis , 2013, p. 258-284Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 1386.
    Åberg, Pelle
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal University College.
    Ekman, Joakim
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political Science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    Rodin, Johnny
    Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
    What should a Russian father be like?: Exploring fatherhood norms and identifying norm patterns among inhabitants of Saint Petersburg2018In: International Political Science Review, ISSN 0192-5121, E-ISSN 1460-373X, no 4, p. 487-502Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Based on data from a survey conducted in Saint Petersburg in 2013, this article sheds new light on attitudes towards fatherhood in contemporary Russia. We explore what norms are held concerning fatherhood, how these attitudes are related to age, sex, education and income as well as to ideal?typical models established in previous research on fatherhood from Western Europe and the US. Thus, the article also discusses what explanatory value established theoretical models have for the Russian context. Norms of the role of the father in the family are related to general norms of masculinity and, hence, are an important part of the study of politics and the political climate in a society. The results show that there are several fatherhood ideals present in contemporary Northwestern Russia: a traditional breadwinner model, an active fatherhood model as well as what we refer to as a marginalized fatherhood model. The latter has not been substantially identified in previous research, and may tentatively be identified as a legacy of the Soviet era.

  • 1387.
    Åberg, Pelle
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    von Essen, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Managing life in an “iron cage”2013Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1388.
    Åberg, Pelle
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Political science. Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES). Ersta Sköndal University College.
    von Essen, Johan
    Ersta Sköndal högskola.
    Swedish Study Associations and their Members: A Link to Civil Society or a Loyal Business Relationship?2009Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 1389.
    Åkerström, Linda
    Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
    Ett märkligt adjektiv på en medborgare: En intervjustudie av det praktiska medborgarskapet som identitet och ideal2007Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this essay is to explore the lived citizenship and its ideal. First, the form and expression of citizenship practice and ideal is explored through a qualitative interwiev study of ten citizens in the southern suburbs of Stockholm. The perception and expectations of the nature of citizenship, presented by the informants, is then compared to their citizen ideal, as well as to the ideal presented and promoted by the Swedish government. The point of departure is theory of democracy. The essay calls attention to an observed lack of empirical studies in the field of deliberative theory of democracy as well as studies that more broadly bring the theory down to empirical earth. The method used here strives towards combining and interacting the theoretical and academic debate with empirical data of citizen experience. The result shows that the informants’ perceptions of their citizenship is largely liberal, though with participatory features. The citizenship ideal is closer to, but not in tune with, the more active and participatory democracy promoted by the Swedish government. The deliberative ideas, which have had a big influence on recent democracy projects in Sweden and generally, are not found to be supported by the informants.

  • 1390.
    Åkerström, Linda
    Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
    Ny Protest?: En fallstudie av rörelsen Planka.nu.2006Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 points / 15 hpStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to analyse the social movement Planka.nu with reference to the theory of new social movements in order to engage in a discussion about the presence of “old” tradition and “new” trends. As well as empirical, the purpose is also theoretical and methodological: to examine, and extend, the discussion about new and old social movements. A qualitative method is used. The analytical framework is based on a combination of theories of social movements and new social movements. Planka.nu was started in 2003 in Stockholm. The movement uses the Internet to organise free-riding on the public buses and trains with the aim of pressuring regional politicians into fully financing public transportation by progressive taxation. In all aspects discussed, both old and new characteristics were found. Behind a rhetoric that to a large extent resembles that of the traditional Swedish labour movement lies a redefinition of values, ideas and strategies that correspond with the theory of new social movements. By adopting a theoretical outlook on social movements that questions the existence of two divided blocs, a more nuanced discussion of the combination of old and new aspects could be held.

  • 1391.
    Åström, Angie
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    Svensk offentlig diplomati i förändring: En fallstudie om Svenska institutet2012Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The Swedish Institute is a public agency promoting Swedish interest, national image and confidence around the world. This work attempts to investigate how communication and a process over time influences and effects public diplomacy. The analytic discussion is based on a single case study research of this Institute representing ideas in the international science field of public diplomacy. The theoretical ideas of public diplomacy are placed in a theoretical perspective of social constructivism. The method is qualitative, with excerpts taken from interviews, literature, newspapers, articles, state public reports and social media. The work adopts a discourse analytic approach, aiming to uncover the structure of public diplomacy by using three analytic tools: soft power, nation branding and cultural diplomacy. The presented analysis and examples suggest a close collaboration between researchers and practitioners can lead to a coherent theory of public diplomacy. The result identifies promising directions as well as weakness and gaps in existing knowledge. The work promotes an analytic tool “korstryck” for theorize and conceptualize the discussion of public diplomacy. A strategy of today requires three fundamental components: power, diplomacy and communication. The challenge in public diplomacy is the balance between public opinion, public foreign policy and global networks of communication. The paper aims to open doors for further scientific works are needed in the searching for a theory of public diplomacy.

  • 1392. Åström, Linda
    et al.
    Ekman, Joakim
    Demokratins vägvisare?: Demokratiattityder på elitnivå och massnivå i Estland, Lettland och Litauen2004In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, E-ISSN 1891-1773, no 1, p. 7-24Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 1393.
    Åström, Petter
    Södertörn University College, School of Social Sciences.
    Turkiet och EU: En studie i turkiska medborgares förhållningssätt till det europeiska integrationsprojektet2010Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

     

    Euro barometer surveys show quite an astonishing change in Turkish opinion towards European Union. In 2004, 73 % of the population considered EU as a good thing. In 2008, only 49 % were of the same opinion. At the same time, skepticism towards European integration is explained differently in earlier research. Some scholars claim that partisanship may explain attitudes of citizens better than “cost and benefit” approaches. The first aim of this study is to distinguish whether young Turkish citizens show a similar level of skepticism to the EU compared to the rest of the population. The second aim is to show how earlier research-identified factors can explain the EU attitudes of younger Turkish citizens. To map this out, a questionnaire based on Euro barometer survey questions has been used. The Turkish “youths” have been selected based on three conditions: age, profession and gender. To identify these individuals, the author has used what is sometimes referred to as the “snowball” technique. This basically means that the first identified individuals further contact people who fit the sample criterion. The result indicates that level of education; partisanship and strong nationalism all have an impact on EU membership attitudes. The result also showed that people who visited worship and other religious meetings on a regular basis, had a tendency to be more skeptical to a Turkish EU membership.

  • 1394.
    Ölund, Caroline
    Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
    Betygssystemskiftena 1995 och 2012: Hur kunskapssynen speglas i politiskt ställningstagande2011Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This report describes a comparative study of the change in grading system in the year of 1995 and the coming year of 2012. The objective is to analyze and compare the political debate from two Swedish parties, the Social democrats and the Moderates, from a number of the parties political periodicals. Futher the objective is to show, from the periodicals debate, what approach to knowledge the parties are presenting. The theoretical base of this study is rooted in the political background of grading system and in literature defining different theories about knowledge and approach to knowledge. The investigation is qualitative and the main research method is text analysis.

    The conclusions is that the parties overall stood their ground and kept their opinions throughout the two debates and the change in grade systems. Although a small change has been detected in the way the Social democrats in the recent debate opened up for earlier evaluation of students. Futher on the parties approch to knowledge is a complex question and cannot be answered in just one word. And the conclusion of the parties approach to knowledge consists of many forms of reasoning and complexity.  

     

  • 1395.
    Öman, Johanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences.
    En beslöjad debatt: En jämförande diskursanalys mellan den mediala och den politiska diskursen av burka i Sverige utifrån Köpenhamnsskolan2014Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The debate concerning face veiling has been brought in to view by several governments in Europe. Luca Mavelli studies the debate regarding the burqa using the concept of securitization and from that the objective of this study is to analyze the medial- and the political discourse in Sweden regarding the burqa. The formulated questions drawn from this is; who are the securitizing actors? According to the securitization actors, who can de defined as a referent object? Wherein is the threat according to the securitizing actors? Is it possible to recognize a difference between the medial and the political discourse?

    Furthermore the paper adopts the theoretical framework that is the concept of securitization, formulated by the Copenhagen School of security. The methodological foundation is based on a social constructivist approach and consequently uses Norman Faircloughs critical discourse analyzes as an analytical tool. Conclusions show that the two discourses often express similar results but a difference is apparent in how the debate is presented. Representatives of the political parties are defined as securitizing actors and to a certain degree so is the media. Furthermore, according to the securitizing actors the referent objects are Swedish traditions and culture, the threat lies in the values that are attached to the burqa.

  • 1396.
    Östberg, Kjell
    Södertörn University, Avdelning 3, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Olof Palme i sin tid2001Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I samtidshistoriska frågor nr 1 presenteras utgångspunkter och preliminär inriktning för projektet Olof Palme i sin tid. Projektet är ett samarbete mellan statsvetare och historiker i Stockholm, Göteborg och Örebro och har sin hemvist vid Samtidshistoriska institutet vid Södertörns högskola. Det har också utvecklats i nära samarbete med Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek, där merparten av Olof Palmes arkiv finns samlat.

  • 1397.
    Östberg, Kjell
    Södertörn University College, Institute of Contemporary History.
    Olof Palme i sin tid: Några reflexioner kring att skriva en samtidshistorisk biografi2009In: Historisk Tidskrift för Finland, ISSN 0046-7596, E-ISSN 2343-2888, no 4, p. 473-488Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 1398.
    Vi och våra grannar: attitydundersökning 2001 inom Kompetenslyft Öst2002Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Under våren 2001 vände sig Länsstyrelsen i Stockholms län, genom utbildningsdirektör Tomas Stavbom, till Södertörns högskola för genomförande av en undersökning beträffande stockholmarnas attityder rörande länderna i Östersjöregionens sydöstra del, närmare bestämt de tre baltiska staterna Estland, Lettland och Litauen samt Polen och Ryssland. Undersökningen syftade till att ta fram underlag för att senare utvärdera effekter av en satsning på planerat kompetenslyft i Stockholmsregionen. Undersökningen, som utformades som en enkätundersökning till ett urval av personer i regionen, med en viss tyngdpunkt på ungdomsgrupperna samt en intervjuundersökning riktad till företag, planerades i samråd med uppdragsgivaren för att på bästa sätt ta fram underlag som motsvarar kompetenssatsningens mål.

    Den databas som skapats genom undersökningen ger underlag för en mångfald av analyser, vilka kan bli aktuella i senare steg i utvärderingen. I föreliggande rapport sammanfattas och diskuteras valda delar av resultaten. Undersökningen som letts av Elfar Loftsson vid avdelningen för statsvetenskap, Södertörns högskola, har genomförts av tre projektanslutna forskare, Anders Nordén, Mikael Blomdahl, samt Daniel Castillo.

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