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  • 1.
    Arvidsson, Oona
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Taubert, Alexander
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    ”Man måste bli allt – man måste vara mamma, pappa, syskon, man”: En fenomenologisk studie om familjeåterförening för ensamkommande barn i Sverige2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to explore how unaccompanied minors describe their experiences of family reunification, and what importance or implications it has for them. Furthermore, our aim was to find out how they experience the withdrawal of public social support after the arrival of their families. We interviewed three persons who were unaccompanied minors by the arrival to Sweden, and later reunified with their families in Sweden. The theoretical framework of this qualitative interview study is formed by Schütz’ phenomenological sociology and Berger and Luckmann’s theory of the social construction of reality. We complemented the theoretical framework with Boss’ theory of ambiguous loss and Greif’s theory of ambiguous reunification. The method for analysis used is Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). The main results shown in this study is that there seems to be an ambiguity in the family reunification experience. On one hand, the family reunification was of big importance to the participants. On the other hand, the time following the reunification was characterized by a great responsibility for the family. Finally, we discuss possible shortcomings in the way the public social support for families after family reunification is provided. 

  • 2.
    Balevi, Mehtap
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Friborg, Carin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Hovrättens och tingsrättens bedömning av hedersrelaterat våld och annat våld: - En kvalitativ analys av rättsfall rörande våldsbrott2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study has been to describe and analyse in which way court make a distinction between honour related violence and violence in other cases by using an text analysis together with an content analysis. Previous research shows that honour related violence have been a controversial concept, which have made it hard for the swedish society to get a hand of the background of the phenomenon. Some researcher describe honour related violence as a cultural related lifestyle, all though some researchers does not agree with this explanation. The result have been analysed through a feministic perspective on gender, definitions of ascendancy, the normalizations process of violence and through honour and shame. To create an understanding of how the gender norms can take place in different family structures, Al-Baldawis pyramid of patriarchal family structure have been used as an illustration of the differences in authority of power. The main result shows that men's violence against women have been over represented, categorized after violence in close relationships. It also shows that the court´s assessment often is objective, based on the circumstances of the case. 

  • 3.
    Ben Yazza, Nathalie
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Mamlesi, Golan
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Ett begrepp med olika betydelser: En studie om begreppet hedersrelaterat våld2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the study is to illustrate partly how the definition of "honor-related violence" is used in the social welfare report and how "honors" are used in current Swedish research and in a central book. The paper examines the consequences for social security officers when "honor-related violence" is defined in a variety of ways while working to prevent the phenomenon. The empirical essay consists of different texts and research that focus on different definitions of "honors concept". Research on the issue of "honorary violence" also analyzes the work of the Social Security Officers. The method is qualitative text analysis, and the coding consists of questions that have been faced with the analysis of the material. Our authors have endeavored to have a factual and research approach in the work of this paper.Central findings in the study are that "honor-related violence" is described from cultural, historical, and intersectional perspectives. Some texts analyzed are based on cultural and historical starting points in the description of violence, and refer primarily to norms and values as a basis in society. Other research criticizes this approach and emphasizes that cultural aspects can lead to discrimination against certain groups. When "honor-related violence" is explained from a cross-sectional perspective, research takes place from different basic constructions into why violence occurs, and addresses class and gender as important prerequisites for describing "honor-related violence". The current Social Security Officer's perception of honor, then a discussion in the paper about the importance of assuming each case is unique and not drawing general conclusions to support the victim in the best possible way.

  • 4.
    Berggren, Emmelie
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Björksten, Johanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Sociala bestämningsfaktorer för alkoholvanor och alkoholrelaterade problem bland Stockholms ungdomar2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 5.
    Bergman, Ann-Sofie
    et al.
    FoU Södertörn.
    Sandahl, Christina
    FoU Södertörn.
    Mellberg, Carina
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Engwall, Kristina
    FoU Södertörn.
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Bedömningsstöd för familjehemsplacerade barns umgänge: En utvärdering ur socialarbetares perspektiv2018Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I denna rapport presenteras resultaten av en utvärdering av ett bedömningsstöd för familjehemsplacerade barns umgänge med föräldrar, syskon, andra anhöriga och närstående. Bedömningsstödet har utvecklats av FoU Södertörn i samarbete med barn- och familjehemssekreterare från nio Södertörnskommuner. Stödet utgår från erfarenhetskunskap hos personal inom familjehemsvården. Erfarenheter från placerade barn har också funnits med som en grund. Utvärderingen har genomförts av FoU Södertörn och Södertörns högskola på uppdrag av Socialstyrelsen. Utvärderingen bygger på en enkätundersökning och på fokusgruppsintervjuer med barn- och familjehemssekreterare som under en avgränsad period har prövat att använda bedömningsstödet i sitt arbete med att göra bedömningar av barnets bästa i umgängesfrågan.

  • 6.
    Bergström, Linnea
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Andersen, Margreta
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Människohandel för sexuella ändamål: Mellan raderna: En textanalys av myndighetsdokument om stöd och skydd för personer utsatta för människohandel för sexuella ändamål.2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study has been to investigate the support and protection the Swedish government can offer victims of human trafficking for sexual purposes (HTSP). This has been accomplished through a textual analysis of selected governmental documents, which describe support and protection for victims of HTSP. A focal point of this study has been to analyse whether the procedures described in the documents, and also the intentions therein, bears resemblance to the empowerment-theory. This includes whether it adds to a process where the persons are empowered and receives more control over their own lives. The result of the study shows that the texts express intentions of long-term support. We view these intentions as bearing resemblance to the empowerment-theory. Also, the texts show intentions of offering support and protection unconditionally and based upon human rights. The support and protection described in the texts envelop both emergent and long-term support. All victims of HTSP, though, do not have access to the same support and protection since this is based on what sort of visa the person holds. It is demanded to be part of a court-process to receive a short-term visa in Sweden. Because of this, it might be discussed whether support and protection is given first and foremost to meet the needs of victims of HTSP, or with the goal of fighting crime.

  • 7.
    Borg, Erik A.
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
    Tesfaye, Besrat
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, ENTER forum.
    Gawell, Malin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, ENTER forum.
    Hajighasemi, Ali
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Enterprises in the suburbs and the locality of entrepreneurship2017In: Great regional awakening: new directions / [ed] Lesa Reynolds, 2017Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Suburbs represent an essential subject for regional studies and have a rapidly increasing economic significance within wider metropolitan regions (Phelps 2010). It is necessary to create inclusive suburbs with a stronger identity. The current growth of populations in major cities requires an ability to reorganize existing cities and a massive restructuring of urban infrastructure (Modarres and Kirby 2010). The interpretation of the needs of suburbs have previously called for a transdisciplinary and collaborative strategy (Després et al. 2004). We look at entrepreneurship and different types of 21 businesses as a source of vitalization of suburbs. These ventures are studied in the context of the diversity of the population of suburb. Entrepreneurial investments, the establishment of high impact enterprises as well as networking among local and migrant businesses represent elements that can vitalize previously marginalized suburbs. Enterprises that are clustered in suburban neighborhoods reflect the different impacts of suburban and city spatial forms. Newly arrived citizens draw upon the critical mass of ethnic members to form a niche market for ethnic business (Fong et al. 2007). Minorities may have limited access to financial capital in the larger urban economy, but ethnic enclaves may provide a source of a unique competitive advantage (Cummings 1999). Entrepreneurship rooted in a suburban surrounding represent a specific opportunity to become embedded in an economic and spatial dimension. The migrant may be seen as representing a diversity capital which penetrate specific market conditions located in ethnically diverse neighborhoods situated in the suburbs of major cities. The spatial and entrepreneurial dimension of ethnic business can thereby be given a relevant context for interpretation.

  • 8.
    Buller, Charlotte
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    "Vi hinner inte med helt enkelt": En studie om bilden av socialsekreterare i svensk dagspress2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to give understanding to the representations of social workers in the daily press in Sweden. The empirical material of this study consists of 120 articles published in the morning newspapers Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet in the years of 2015 and 2016. The method used were qualitative analysis of ideas and content analysis and the analytical framework used is based on ideas about social workers that has been identified in previous research. The analysis is based mainly on four ideas of social workers as the media describes the profession.

    From the results it appears that socials workers are mainly described as victims due to systematic and structural shortages. The descriptions of social workers as helpers and incompetent are often linked to the description of them as victims. The description of social workers as cruel and malicious are fewer than the other categories and are limited to specific areas presented in the news.

  • 9.
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Binge drinking in adolescence: Social stratification and the collectivity of drinking cultures2018In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 74-85Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Research investigating what shapes young people’s drinking habits is of great importance. This study aimed to analyse the relation between close social networks and adolescents’ drinking habits and the extent to which close social networks may explain differences in binge drinking among social groups. Data from the ‘Stockholm Survey 2012’ were analysed. The Stockholm Survey was a census survey administered to students in academic years 9 and 11, with a response rate of 76%. Ordered logit models were used to estimate relations between the frequency of binge drinking and the independent variables. Parental educational level is associated with adolescent binge drinking, as students with more highly educated parents are more frequent binge drinkers. Parents’ willingness to offer their teenagers alcohol and peers’ drinking habits are also associated with adolescent binge drinking, with a more permissive parental attitude and a prevalence of drinking among peers increasing the risk. Both parents’ willingness to provide alcohol and peers’ drinking habits may statistically explain a large portion of the observed differences in adolescent drinking by parental education. Close social networks are an important factor influencing adolescent binge drinking, and they may explain a large portion of the differences between social groups.

  • 10.
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Commentary on Dissing et al. (2013): How should we understand the links between alcohol consumption and health?2013In: Addiction, ISSN 0965-2140, E-ISSN 1360-0443, Vol. 108, no 11, p. 1915-1915Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Nya böcker: Edling, Christofer & Rostami, Amir (red.) (2016) Våldets sociala dimensioner: individ, relation, organisation. 1. uppl.Lund: Studentlitteratur2018In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 87-89Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change).
    Trust and health in Eastern Europe: Conceptions of a new society2016In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 25, no 1, p. 69-77Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Carlson, Per
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Almquist, Ylva B.
    Centre for Health Equity Studies - Stockholm university/Karolinska institutet.
    Are area-level effects just a proxy for school-level effects?: Socioeconomic differences in alcohol consumption patterns among Swedish adolescents.2016In: Drug And Alcohol Dependence, ISSN 0376-8716, E-ISSN 1879-0046, Vol. 166, p. 243-248Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Chabo, Simel
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kipouros, Irene
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kvinnors tillgång till det offentliga rummet: En kvalitativ studie om kvinnors tillgång till det offentliga rummet i särskilt utsatta förorter inom Järvaområdet i Stockholms län2018Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study is to study women's access to public space in particularly vulnerable suburbs within the area of Järva in Stockholm County. This study is based on a qualitative research method and has its foundation in semistructured interviews with ten women, telling about their experiences of living in particularly vulnerable suburbs within the area of Järva in Stockholm County. The results and analysis of the study are based on some theoretical starting points and chosen themes: The Female Role and Patriarchate, Power and Freedom and Repression and Symbolic Violence.

    The result has shown that what affects women's access to public space in particularly vulnerable suburbs in the area of Järva in Stockholm County is the limited power and freedom of women and the prevailing patriarchate system, in the form of a patriarchal society. The results show that men, through different methods such as through repression and symbolic violence, master, exploit and repress women in public space in particularly vulnerable suburbs. This happens through direct actions and through indirect actions, through various forms of oppression and symbolic violence. Women are not treated in the same way as men in public space, and can be interpreted as men not seeing women as important as men or that men as a group consider themselves to be superior women as a group. The results also show that women are restricted from acting for free will because of the current picture of "the female role" and because women, according to men, may not deviate from the norm.

    Overall, the study shows that women have limited access to public space in these particularly vulnerable suburbs in the area of Järva in Stockholm County. The outcome of the study should be considered as a major problem for society, because women are involuntarily assigned a subordinate position to men who make up the norm, which is not fair.

  • 15.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    et al.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Kings, Lisa
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Tahvilzadeh, Nazem
    Kungliga Tekniska högskolan.
    Platskamp: inledande reflektioner2018In: ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, ISSN 2000-6225, E-ISSN 2000-6217, no 9, p. 7-25Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Daii, Emil
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Transperspektiv hos socialarbetare: Socialarbetares upplevelser av bemötandet av transpersoner2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
  • 17.
    Danielsson, Michaela
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Åkerlund, Rebecca
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    "Absolut det svåraste jobb jag någonsin haft": En kvalitativ studie om behandlares upplevelser av mötet med män som utövar våld i nära relationer2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [sv]

    Huvudsyftet med denna studie är att lyfta fram behandlares erfarenheter av mötet med män som utövar våld i nära relationer. I synnerhet fokuserar vi på att förstå de viktigaste teman från dessa möten och vilken betydelse de har för behandlingsarbetet. Tillvägagångssättet i studien har varit inspirerat av grounded theory, att generera en förklaring från studiedeltagarnas synpunkter och erfarenheter (Creswell 2013). Studien bygger på sex intervjuer som resulterat i möjligheter, hinder, strategier och lärdomar från möten med våldsutövande män. Resultatet visar att det finns sju teman som beskriver behandlares erfarenheter: empati, compassion fatigue, allians, kön och genus, maskulinitet, skam och makt. Dessa teman kan vara hinder och/eller möjligheter i mötet med män som utövar våld i nära relationer. Resultatet visar även att behandlarna i studien har olika strategier i mötet för att förhålla sig till vardera tema. Lärdomar kan dras utifrån studiens teman. Till exempel, olikt tidigare forskning visar denna studie på att det är många påverkansfaktorer i mötet med våldsutövande män. Vi hoppas med denna studie kunna bidra till utvecklingen av detta behandlingsarbetet.

  • 18.
    Dmitieva, Alexandra
    et al.
    St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia.
    Kravchenko, Zhanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Drug control policies in Russia: unhealthy, deviant, and criminal2016In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. IX, no 4, p. 12-22Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the policies on drug control and regulation in Russia. We demonstrate that, although agencies involved in drug con-trol and regulation are important for the reproduction of differentiated practices of drug use, they formulate a rather homogeneous image of a drug user as an unhealthy deviant and criminal, and an unequivocal threat to society. At the same time, in the process of policy realization, the most vulnerable groups of users become the main target of public intervention. As a result, stigmatization and violence against these groups becomes institutionalized and legitimized. Moreover, drug control and regulation resonate with a broader range of public policies and spill over into parts of society not associated with illicit drug use.

  • 19.
    Ebba, Lichtenstein
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Alexandra, Ng
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Den överhängande risken att utsättas för våld i prostitution finns - oavsett verksamhetsområde: En jämförande kvalitativ studie om prostituerade kvinnors utsatthet att erfara våld av sexköpare2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to provide the reader with an insight into the violence that accompanies prostitution and that the imminent risk of violence is present regardless of whether the woman is active in “off-street” or “on-street” prostitution. The purpose has been to carry out a comparative study of the vulnerability to violence by sex buyers that women in “off-street” and “on-street” prostitution experience. In addition, a qualitative content analysis of Swedish biographies on prostitution was used to study how women in prostitution described their meetings with sex buyers. The main results are that there are differences in the violence that women experience from sex buyers and how they describe their experiences. These differences depended on whether the women were active in “off-street” or “on-street” prostitution. Based on the biographies, it was found that the women in “off-street” had a sexual self-harm, that a normalization process of the experienced violence could be distinguished and that women active “on-street” have an increased risk of being victimized according to the lifestyle theory. The conclusions of this study are that the theoretical aspects have a significant role in what kind of violence women in prostitution experience from sex buyers.

  • 20.
    Ekman, Emelie
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Demirel, Narin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Föreställningar om våldsutsatta män i samkönade relationer; exempel från stödgivande samhällsinstanser.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Statistics show that very few men exposed to domestic violence, either in heterosexual or same-sex relationships, contact any social service. Although domestic violence is often restricted to being defined the same as heterosexual relationships as same-sex relationships, knowledge about violence in same-sex relationships is inadequate. The purpose of this study was to examine if any perception and understanding of violence in same-sex relationships exist within supporting community instances, focusing on male victims of domestic violence. The study containing eight qualitative interviews with respondents within supporting community instances. The result is presented under the themes “stödgivande samhällsinstansers bemötande”, “heteronormativa föreställningar kring våldsutsatta män”, “möjlighet till stöd och skydd” and “outing och skam”. To notice is that the result showed that perceptions about heteronormativity can affect which type of support and protection male victims of domestic violence is given. Lastly, a discussion about the developed result around the inadequate knowledge about violence in same-sex relationships will be held. The conclusions of the study were that there is a heteronormative approach within some of the supporting community instances we interviewed. There are also suggestions for future research and therefore needs to be studied at length. 

  • 21.
    Elmersjö, Magdalena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kompetens i konkurrens: Värderingar av olika kompetensformer inom den konkurrensutsatta hemtjänsten2018In: Socionomens Forskningssupplement, no 43, p. 20-29Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 22.
    Elmersjö, Magdalena
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    The principle of help to self-help in Sweden: A study of representations and norms regarding old age and care needs and their moral and ethical implications for care work2018In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this article is to describe and analyse the principle of help to self-help in care work and the representations of and norms on old age and care needs supporting the principle in relation to moral and ethical aspects. The article is based on the results of a study conducted in a small rural Swedish municipality in 2006–2008 and a study conducted in a big city in 2014 and 2015. The material consists of interviews with first line managers, care workers and care receivers. The results of this article show that the principle of help to self-help in the care of older people exists in both public sector home care in a small municipality and a home care system in a major city with customer choice system. The results also show that representations of and norms on old age and care needs highlight the normative value of help to self-help, which has both ethical and moral dimensions. In the care of older people this is translated into care receivers maintaining their mental and physical strength which challenges the value of care receivers’ self-determination.

  • 23.
    Elmersjö, Magdalena
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Sundin, E.
    Linköpings universitet.
    Kompetens som kvalitetssäkring inom hemtjänsten2018In: Organisation & Samhälle, ISSN 2001-9114, E-ISSN 2002-0287, no 2Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 24.
    Elmersjö, Magdalena
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Sundin, Elisabeth
    Linköpings universitet.
    Värdeskapande med brukarperspektiv, delegering och samverkan i hemtjänst - en fallstudie av Sundsvalls kommun2018In: Styra och leda med tillit: Forskning och praktik / [ed] Louise Bringselius, Stockholm: Norstedts Juridik AB, 2018, p. 197-220Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 25.
    Eriksson, Maria
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Lindberg, Paulin
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Medberoende, genus och rollidentifiering: Män och kvinnors upplevelser av medberoende2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study was to illustrate male and females own experiences of codependency. In this study has an qualitative approach been used and the material consists of eight pre-recorded conversations, podcast episodes, published on the Internet. The empirical material has been analyzed from a theory of family roles and a gender perspective. It showed that the participants in this study has been negatively affected by growing up in an environment characterized of abuse or mental illness and felt that they had embraced one or more roles to manage their life situation. The result also showed that the participants had experienced negative consequences in adult life. The result of this study also showed that developing codependency was equally common among both male and female in this study, though were there differences between how male and females express their codependency. The females experienced a feeling of isolation, became quiet and reclusive and the males experienced that they had a more externalizing behavior. The experience of taking a big responsibility in childhood and adolescence was equally common among the participants of this study and led to that their own needs were ignored. The negative consequences of codependency and their connection to the gender norms of today were also discussed.

  • 26.
    Falk Johansson, Marcus
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    All vård och omsorg av äldre personer ska vara av god kvalitet: Jakten på de svårfångade kvalitetsaspekterna i Stockholms stads valfrihetssystem2018Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    For the majority of the 2000th century welfare and social services in Sweden were almost synonymous with the universalistic welfare-solutions provided by the nation state.  In the late 1980th and the early 1990th a dramatic change occurred through extensive market reforms the monopolistic welfare-solutions were challenged in favor for a pluralistic welfare market. A competitive welfare-market would increase efficiency and quality of services. But what is quality in welfare and social services?

    Through a two-part study, using in city of Stockholm as a case and institutional organizational theory and theories on quasi-markets this study has investigated and problematized quality in city of Stockholm’s special housing for the elderly voucher system.

  • 27.
    Ferlander, Sara
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change).
    Stickley, Andrew
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change). London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK / University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan.
    Kislitsyna, Olga
    Russian Academy of Sciences.
    Jukkala, Tanya
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change).
    Carlson, Per
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, SCOHOST (Stockholm Centre for Health and Social Change).
    Mäkinen, Ilkka Henrik
    Uppsala University.
    Social capital - a mixed blessing for women? A cross-sectional study of different forms of social relations and self-rated depression in Moscow2016In: BMC Psychology, E-ISSN 2050-7283, Vol. 4, no 1, article id 37Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    BACKGROUND: Depression is a major health problem worldwide, especially among women. The condition has been related to a number of factors, such as alcohol consumption, economic situation and, more recently, to social capital. However, there have been relatively few studies about the social capital-depression relationship in Eastern Europe. This paper aims to fill this gap by examining the association between different forms of social capital and self-rated depression in Moscow. Differences between men and women will also be examined, with a special focus on women.

    METHODS: Data was obtained from the Moscow Health Survey, which was conducted in 2004 with 1190 Muscovites aged 18 years or above. For depression, a single-item self-reported measure was used. Social capital was operationalised through five questions about different forms of social relations. Logistic regression analysis was undertaken to estimate the association between social capital and self-rated depression, separately for men and women.

    RESULTS: More women (48 %) than men (36 %) reported that they had felt depressed during the last year. An association was found between social capital and reported depression only among women. Women who were divorced or widowed or who had little contact with relatives had higher odds of reporting depression than those with more family contact. Women who regularly engaged with people from different age groups outside of their families were also more likely to report depression than those with less regular contact.

    CONCLUSIONS: Social capital can be a mixed blessing for women. Different forms of social relations can lead to different health outcomes, both positive and negative. Although the family is important for women's mental health in Moscow, extra-familial relations across age groups can be mentally distressing. This suggests that even though social capital can be a valuable resource for mental health, some of its forms can be mentally deleterious to maintain, especially for women. More research is needed on both sides to social capital. A special focus should be placed on bridging social relations among women in order to better understand the complex association between social capital and depression in Russia and elsewhere.

  • 28.
    Hajighasemi, Ali
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Jag och Sven2017In: På väg: En vänbok till Sven E. Hort / [ed] Paavo Bergman & Gunnar Olofsson, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2017, p. 241-246Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Hansson, Cecilia
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Winblad, Anna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Den destruktiva kvinnan och mannen som riskerar att avlida: En kvalitativ textanalys om hur missbrukande kvinnor och män framställs i rättstillämpningen av LVM2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of the essay is to investigate how legal certainty is for abusive women and men. This is done by analyzing how the Administrative Court in Stockholm describes women and men in the appealing court decision regarding the preparation of care according to Care of Abusers Act (LVM). The empirical material consists of 20 judicial decisions from the Administrative Court. In order to reach a deeper understanding of the role of gender norms in the judiciary, the survey has been conducted with a gender perspective based on the purpose of the paper, we have considered questions about how women and men are described and whether there are any gender differences in the appealing court decision. To answer the questions, a text analysis based on a hermeneutic approach has been made, then linking the analyzed text in relation to previous research and the chosen theoretical concepts: social construction, stigma and gender. The general conclusions we have reached are that the gender differences described in the court coincide with the general gender norms in the society by describing the gender in various ways in the law application of LVM. This means that the Administrative Court does not fully consider everyone's resemblance to the law according to the principle of equality and objectivity in Instrument of Government (RF). The conclusions are explained by describing how gender is made in a construction process.

  • 30.
    Heimer Åkerlund, Maria
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Wahlberg, Jenny
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Integrationsarbete "med" eller "för" medborgarna?: En jämförande textanalys av underlagen till två statliga integrationssatsningar, Storstadssatsningen och Nya långsiktiga reformprogrammet för minskad segregation2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to examine and compare the preparatory work of two government efforts to diminish segregation in Sweden: Storstadssatsningen and Nya långsiktiga reformprogrammet för minskad segregation. We have, by a qualitative textual analysis, examined how these preparatory works represent the citizen, their intention, efforts and goals and how the influence and participation by the citizen is intended to meet the needs of recipients of these efforts. The vulnerable citizen is represented in the same way in both preparatory works. Similarities that can be seen are citizens described with a lack of competencies and defined by the problems of their neighbourhood. There are differences concerning how citizens by ethnicity are described. The goals and achievements, which have been compared in both preparatory works, are focused on work and education as instruments to breach segregation. Participation and the influence by the citizen is given a great deal of space in Storstadssatningen, but hardly no space in Nya långsiktiga reformprogrammet för minskad segregation.     

     

    We can see a much harder climate in the community, with increased segregation, where citizens without power and participation develops alienation and where the gap between groups increase. With a perspective of integration and concepts of empowerment and mobilization, we examine possibilities for an alteration. We examine the representation of this methods in both preparatory works.    

     

    In this study, we can see defects in the government welfare systems, which urges a responsibility, in the social work, to define and work with new methods.   

  • 31.
    Hort, Sven E. O.
    et al.
    Linnaeus University.
    Kings, Lisa
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kravchenko, Zhanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Still awaiting the storm?: The Swedish welfare state after the latest crisis2016In: Challenges to European Welfare Systems / [ed] K. Schubert, P. de Villota, J. Kuhlmann, Springer, 2016, p. 671-691Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper examines the challenges to the Swedish welfare state after the credit crunch of 2008 focusing on several major challenges: the government’s reaction to the fiscal and economic crisis and its outcomes, the (re)balance of welfare policies addressing risks and opportunities. While the situation is almost excellent from a purely fiscal point of view, the outstanding private debt, unemployment, especially among youth, pressures on the pension, health and education systems are prominent concerns. They have led to the revitalization of the social investment paradigm, strict budgetary policies, increased number of welfare-to-work programmes and focus on using tax reductions as a means of stimulating the labour market. In this context, the main demographic concerns and social integration have come to the fore to an unprecedented extent.

  • 32.
    Hultberg, Nicole
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Al-Musfi, Mays
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    “Att vara närvarande när jag ska vara närvarande”: En kvalitativ studie om socialarbetares upplevelser och hantering av det emotionella mötet med klient.2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study was to investigate how different social workers working in the field of social work feel emotionally affected by and in their work with clients as a result of the meeting with the clients. Furthermore how they handle possible impact and maintain a healthy balance between work and privacy based on demands, recovery, and professionalism. The method has been qualitative where nine social workers have been interviewed. The theories used for the analysis of the material were copingtheory, interactionism, KASAM and the concept of stress. The results of the study have shown that in the interaction with the client, social workers tend to be more negatively affected. On the other hand, there is also a clear positive impact that comes from clients' appreciation and gratitude for successful support. Negative impact can be manifested by different stress-symptoms, which causes the participants difficulty in focusing, away from their work. When it comes to the managing of the meetings with clients, our study has shown that experience of different kinds is an important factor in how social workers handle the meeting. Other factors are social support from the boss, colleagues and supervisors, as well as support from friends and family. Meaningful time off work has also been an important factor. The perhaps most important factor that the outcome has shown is the importance of constant self-reflection to raise awareness about individual needs, problems and abilities.

  • 33.
    Hulthén, Lovisa
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kalpouzos, Miranda
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Inget barn ska hamna på gatan igen: En kvalitativ studie om barnhemsarbete för att stärka gatubarnen i Nepal2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    This qualitative study aims to get a better understanding of how the organization and staff of the organization's children's home in Nepal working with street children. The study's focus is to examine how the organization and the staff work to create a safe environment for children, and how this life strengthens them. In order to achieve the objectives of the study and research questions are semi-structured conversations interviews and observations conducted on the organization two orphanages. A total of six interviews were conducted with the organization's founder, staff of orphanages and a school principal. The theories empowerment and Sense of coherence (SOC) has been used to analyze the study's empirical material. The study results indicate that the organization and the staff of the orphanages in Nepal are working to create a normalized living and life for the children and provide them with proper education, which can lead to children getting a development and lasting change. Furthermore, the organization and the staff along approach that can create its own resources in the children, who in turn may strengthen them.

  • 34.
    Håkansson, P.
    et al.
    Malmö högskola.
    Tovatt, Caroline
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Networks and labor market entry – a historical perspective2017In: Labor history, ISSN 0023-656X, E-ISSN 1469-9702, Vol. 58, no 1, p. 67-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper discusses how recruitment practices have changed over time. Networks and contacts are more important today for labor market entry than was the case in the latter half of the twentieth century. There may be two explanations for this: the short-run explanation and the long-run explanation. The short-run explanation derives from fluctuations in unemployment. When unemployment is high, competition for every vacancy is tougher and networks become more important for the job seeker. This has been the case in Sweden since 1991, when unemployment increased to new levels not experienced since the 1930s. In the long run, there has been a change in recruitment practices due to institutional change. A clear pattern is that the importance of social networks has increased, while the significance of public institutions (i.e. the Public Employment Service) has decreased.

  • 35.
    Höglund, Åsa
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kagwa, Janet Anek
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Normer som socialt förtryck: En kvalitativ studie om hur personal som arbetar nära unga vuxna med Aspergers syndrom upplever gruppens delaktighet i samhället2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study has been to illustrate how staff working closely with young adults with a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome experience the group's participation in society. Furthermore, we have investigated what potential opportunities and obstacles that the staff consider that people in this group meet when they participate in society and how the staff view the future of young adults with Asperger's syndrome in relation to participation in society. We have had a qualitative phenomenological approach to our study. Field data consists of six interviews with staff working closely with the group, within the social service and in various LSS functions on behalf of social services. The transcribed interviews have been analyzed using a content analysis. Our results show that young adults with Asperger's syndrome experience insufficient participation in society, which has resulted in exclusion. It also appears that society's 'normal image' creates discrimination and oppression for people with different functional variations to the extent that their strengths are partially overlooked. Our results also show that even though young adults with a diagnosis of Asperger's syndrome are stigmatized there is an ongoing visualization that can have a positive effect on the groups participation in society.

  • 36.
    Jasmine, Jones Nyberg
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Ogbe, Ariema
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    ”Jag visar hellre att jag blir arg än att jag blir ledsen”: En studie om hur normer om manlighet påverkar unga mäns syn på män med depression2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    Research shows that men are less likely to seek help for their mental health issues and that masculine norms that dictate how a man should be lie behind this unwillingness to seek help. The objective of this qualitative study was to research how masculinity norms impact young mens perceptions about men with depression or depressive symptoms. This was accomplished through Connells (1999) theory about hegemonic masculinity and Link and Phelans (2001) conceptualization of stigma. In order to fulfill the purpose of this study three focus group interviews were conducted with young men between the ages of 20 and 35 years. The main results show that the interviewed men described traits such as being handy, strong, disciplined and tough as typically manly and desirable in a man. According to the men the fear of seeking help that exists among men stems in the fear of being perceived as weak and there is an idea of depressed men being lonely and abnormal. The conclusion of this study is that masculine norms, being perceived as non-masculine and the fear of stigmatization are important factors behind how the interviewed men reasoned and talked about men with depression and how they handle it. 

  • 37.
    Khabout, Kristina
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Malkey, Izla
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Samlokalisering - underlätta eller belasta?: En kvalitativ studie av hur samverkan fungerar och upplevs av olika yrkesgrupper som arbetar utifrån Södertäljemodellen2016Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this study is to examine how collaboration works and is experienced by health and social care workers in a psychiatric care unit. We have conducted qualitative interviews with eight professionals at a psychiatric care unit for individuals with mental illness, that work on the basis of Södertäljemodellen. The empirical data is analyzed using collaboration as a theoretical concept along with organization theory. The results show that collaboration works through formal and informal meetings and also when the professionals need to consider assessements made by other professionals in their decision making. Furthermore, the results show that the professionals experience that they have gained a better understanding of each other’s work, better cooperation and that assistance faster reaches the patients/clients. However, the study also sheds light on some of the problems experienced by the professionals, for example, that co-location can contribute to an indistinct division of labor and difficulties with the structure of the workday. 

  • 38.
    Kindstrand, Emelie
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Bramme, Sara
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Jag har aldrig mött en kvinnomisshandlare, i deras ögon: En kvalitativ intervjustudie av behandlare och volontärers upplevelser av samtal med män som utövat våld i nära relationer2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this paper is to investigate how therapists and volunteers find that men who exposed women to violence in close relationships describe and explain their experiences as violence practitioners and how these men describes violence in relation to their image of masculinity. Furthermore, the purpose is to investigate how respondents are affected by the stories of men. The study is based on five qualitative interviews, where an interview guide is used to structure the data collection. The results are analyzed based on three different themes; men's ways of describing and telling about violence, men's image of masculinity and how respondents were influenced by men's stories. Theories that have been used in this study is theories of mirror self, the normalization process of violence for men and cognitive dissonance. The result of this study suggests that men use narrative strategies to mitigate and explain their violence in close relationships. Respondents experience feelings like powerlessness and frustration in conversations with men who do not want to take responsibility for their actions. 

  • 39.
    Kings, Lisa
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Betydelsen av brobyggare: Det etablerade civilsamhället och förortsrörelsen2018In: ARKIV. Tidskrift för samhällsanalys, ISSN 2000-6225, E-ISSN 2000-6217, no 9, p. 77-102Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    Lisa Kings artikel studerar individer som fungerat som så kallade brobyggare mellan äldre civilsamhällesorganisationer och en ny förortsrörelse i Sverige. Materialet utgörs primärt av intervjuer med professionellt verksamma i tre etablerade civilsamhällesorganisationer. Analysen visar att brobyggarnas roll och position har använts för att stödja förortsrörelsens uppstart, men att brobyggarnas kamp i förlängningen handlat om att förändra och (re)vitalisera den egna organisationen. I ljuset av detta illustrerar behovet av brobyggare den distans och asymmetriska relation som finns mellan civilsamhällets centrum och periferi. Avslutningsvis diskuteras det om betydelsen av brobyggare kan ses som en övergripande trend som bottnar i ett alltmer uppdelat civilsamhälle i Sverige.

  • 40.
    Kings, Lisa
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Remeso, Linköpings universitet.
    Förening med förhinder: utlandsfödda i det civila samhället2013Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 41.
    Kings, Lisa
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kravchenko, Zhanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Civilsamhällets rationalisering i Sverige och Ryssland2018In: Samhällsarbete: Aktörer, arenor och perspektiv / [ed] Stefan Sjöberg, Päivi Turunen, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, 1, p. 299-319Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 42.
    Kings, Lisa
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Kravchenko, Zhanna
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Den sociologiska visionen och konsten att finna sig själv som sociolog2017In: På väg: En vänbok till Sven E Olsson Hort / [ed] Bergman, Paavo & Olsson, Gunnar, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2017, p. 229-239Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Kings, Lisa
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Ålund, Aleksandra
    Linköpings universitet, REMESO.
    Tahvilzadeh, Nazem
    Royal Institute of Technology.
    Contesting Urban Management Regimes: The Rise Of Urban Justice Movements In Sweden2016In: Solidarity without Borders: Gramscian perspectives on migration and civil society alliances / [ed] Martin Bak Jörgensen, Oscar Garcia Agustin, London: Pluto Press, 2016, p. 186-202Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 44.
    Kravchenko, Zhanna
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Kings, Lisa
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work. Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
    Hort, Sven
    Linnéuniversitet.
    Power Ideology and Transformations of Space2016In: Class, Sex and Revolutions: Göran Therborn - a critical appraisal / [ed] Olofsson, Gunnar & Hort, Sven, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 45.
    Lagerlöf, Hélène
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Mobbning i skolan: om perspektiv och förståelsemodeller2017In: Skolsocialt arbete: skolan som plats för och del i det sociala arbetet / [ed] Åsa Backlund, Sara Högdin & Ylva Spånberger Weitz, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2017, p. 89-100Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Larsdotter Rothman, Elinor
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Dahl, Felicia
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    ”Justitia är... eller ska vara...blind”: En rättsociologisk genusstudie av hur kvinnor som gärningspersoner framställs inom domstolsväsendet jämfört med manliga gärningspersoner2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    The purpose of this study has been to examine how female and male offenders are represented in the domain of justice substantialised through the Swedish court and legal system. Through interviews with a number of trial lawyers we are aiming for an understanding of these representations related to a gender studies perspective that shows how norms and stereotypes are reproduced and maintained on the basis of sex, gender and expected qualities and capabilities. This study raises questions about objectivity, impartial judgements and in the end justice. We are also trying to illustrate female offenders and how they are perceived in the Swedish court and legal system. Our study is qualitative and to answer our issues we have gone through semi structured interviews with trial lawyers that through their profession has defended both female and male offenders. Our scientific background and theoretical framework is gender and sex studies together with stereotypes and doing stereotypes which is a type of cognitive bias; a subject that we are also presenting. One of the most important results of this study is that there is a difference in how female offenders are represented compared to how male offenders are represented in the Swedish court and law system. Through this result we can see that the statutory objectivity is threatened. 

  • 47.
    Linblad, Inger
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Backlund, Åsa
    Stockholms universitet.
    Hälsofrämjande och förebyggande arbete - vad innebär det och hur kommer vi dit?2017In: Skolsocialt arbete: skolan som plats för och del i det sociala arbetet / [ed] Åsa Backlund; Sara Högdin; Ylva Spånberger Weitz, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2017, p. 53-66Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Lindelöw, Sarah
    et al.
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Lindahl, Frida
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Att se är en förutsättning för att kunna hjälpa: En kvalitativ uppsats om hur ADHD definieras i Socialstyrelsens kunskapsmaterial2017Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
    Abstract [en]

    In this paper, documents from the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden is examined to investigate how ADHD is presented. A particular focus has been to investigate how sex and gender differences in relation to ADHD are described and further if and in what way the National Board of Health and Welfare's mission on gender integration appears in the documents. To achieve the purpose of this paper, a critical text analysis with a power analytical approach has been conducted to review parts of the National Board of Health and Welfare's material and reports on ADHD. The result of the analysis shows that the National Board of Health and Welfare's document in some parts describes ADHD in a stigmatizing and discriminatory manner, which can contribute to exclusion and social oppression. The National Board of Health and Welfare also partly contributes to maintaining the image of ADHD as a boy's diagnosis, which may cause girls to be overlooked in diagnosis, as the girls' symptoms and experiences are not described in an adequate way in the documents. The results in the paper also show that the gender equality-mission has not been implemented in all parts of the material, which means that the political goals of gender equality have not been achieved in all respects.

  • 49.
    Lindström, Jonas
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Att veta sin plats: En studie om arvsfondsprojekt i den urbana periferin2016Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 50.
    Lindström, Jonas
    Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.
    Maj Sjöwall & Per Wahlöö: Att tillståndsbedöma samtiden2015In: Sociologi genom litteratur: skönlitteraturens möjligheter och samhällsvetenskapens begränsningar / [ed] Christofer Edling & Jens Rydgren, Lund: Arkiv förlag & tidskrift, 2015, p. 285-292Chapter in book (Other academic)
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