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Asztalos Morell, IldikóORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-3442-187X
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Johansson, C., Gustafsson, L.-K., Lindberg, D. & Asztalos Morell, I. (2023). Culturally sensitive active ageing seen through the lens of the welfare theory of health: assistant nurses’ views. Frontiers in Psychology, 14, Article ID 1161688.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Culturally sensitive active ageing seen through the lens of the welfare theory of health: assistant nurses’ views
2023 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 14, article id 1161688Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Assistant nurses caring for older adults with immigrant backgrounds are on the front lines of a practical, theoretical, and policy battlefield. They need to implement culturally sensitive care provision while not overstating the importance of culture, thereby, contributing to a negative picture of older immigrants as especially problematic. One proposed way to strike such a balance is the welfare theory of health (WTH). In this article, we let assistant nurses apply the WTH to a series of questions in four different vignettes representing the life stories of older persons who characterize typical dilemmas described by the theory. The results show that, through the lens of the WTH, assistant nurses looked for individual care preferences rather than stereotypical ideas about cultural characteristics. Further, the assistant nurses expressed a desire to get to know the persons more deeply to better interpret and understand their individual preferences. Thus, the theoretical framework is useful not only for exposing vulnerabilities to which some older adults with immigrant backgrounds may be exposed, but also for finding ways to mitigate the vulnerability by illuminating vital life goals and using them as a framework to organize care. This approach allows for mitigating the gap between the vital life goals and available resources to achieve a holistic state of health.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frontiers Media SA, 2023
Keywords
active ageing, assistant nurses, care, cultural sensitivity, good ageing, older adults, resources, vital life goals
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-64427 (URN)10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1161688 (DOI)001071635900001 ()2-s2.0-85172005454 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-10-09 Created: 2023-10-09 Last updated: 2023-10-11Bibliographically approved
Gustafsson, L.-K., Asztalos Morell, I., Johansson, C. & Ray, S. D. (2022). Informal caregiving from the perspectives of older people living alone in India. International Journal of Older People Nursing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Informal caregiving from the perspectives of older people living alone in India
2022 (English)In: International Journal of Older People Nursing, ISSN 1748-3735, E-ISSN 1748-3743Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

 Background:  The cultural and social norms in India stipulate that family and preferably children of the older person, provide the support and care that is needed. In recent years, we have witnessed an overall upsurge in interest in informal care from all countries in the developed world considering their ageing populations. The older people living alone group is, especially interesting in this matter, since it seems to deviate from the expectations of extended family living.

 Objective:  The aim was to describe older persons' experiences of informal care when living alone in India.

 Methods:  The study has a hermeneutic design, analysing interviews of older persons living alone in India.

 Results:  Findings revealed informal care as the thematic patterns: Informal care as a fundamental human responsibility, an obligation and thereby a way to act in 'common sense'. It was a way of 'paying-back' care that they had received from others in their life history, motivated by governmental care was not presented as an option. Informal care also created safety by the provision of alert and actionable care by loved ones, including spatial safety. Most of the informants experienced themselves as informal caregivers assisting others in need even if they themselves were old and fragile. Providing self care was also seen as a part of informal care conducted by capable and worthy persons. They also pointed out their own obligation to seek informal care and even to listen to the suggestions of younger generations regarding the type and scope of care.

 Conclusions/implications for practice:  Informal care in India is not only dependent on having children who ensure that you receive the care you need. Extended family, neighbours and friends feel a basic human obligation to care for the older people in their environment. This responsibility is deeply rooted even within the older people who become fragile in old age.

Keywords
community; hermeneutics; informal care; older people; social networking.
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-58284 (URN)10.1111/opn.12468 (DOI)00786416900001 ()35466547 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85128628390 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2017/0011
Available from: 2022-05-24 Created: 2022-05-24 Last updated: 2023-02-13Bibliographically approved
Johansson, C., Lindberg, D., Asztalos Morell, I. & Gustafsson, L.-K. (2022). Swedish experts' understanding of active aging from a culturally sensitive perspective - a Delphi study of organizational implementation thresholds and ways of development. Frontiers in Sociology, 7, Article ID 991219.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Swedish experts' understanding of active aging from a culturally sensitive perspective - a Delphi study of organizational implementation thresholds and ways of development
2022 (English)In: Frontiers in Sociology, E-ISSN 2297-7775, Vol. 7, article id 991219Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BackgroundInternational migration and aging populations make for important trends, challenging elderly care regimes in an increasingly globalized world. The situation calls for new ways of merging active aging strategy and cultural sensitivity. This study aim to illuminate the gap between cultural sensitivity and active aging to identify perceived thresholds by Swedish municipal officials in the understanding of older late-in-life-immigrants situation. MethodsDelphi methodology in three rounds. Twenty-three persons in municipal decision-making positions participated and generated 71 statements, of which 33 statements found consensus. ResultsThe 33 statements show that the decision makers prefer not to use cultural sensitivity as a concept in their work, but rather tailor interventions based on individual preferences that may or may not be present in a certain culture. However, as the complexity of care increases, emphasis drifts away from personal preferences toward text-book knowledge on cultures and activity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
FRONTIERS MEDIA SA, 2022
Keywords
welfare organization, welfare theory of health, culturally sensitive elderly care, active aging, older adults
National Category
Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-61615 (URN)10.3389/fsoc.2022.991219 (DOI)000907680200001 ()36619357 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85145692940 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2023-01-25 Created: 2023-01-25 Last updated: 2023-05-09Bibliographically approved
Johansson, J., Asztalos Morell, I. & Lindell, E. (2020). Gendering the digitalized metal industry. Gender, Work and Organization, 32(6), 523-544
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gendering the digitalized metal industry
2020 (English)In: Gender, Work and Organization, ISSN 0968-6673, E-ISSN 1468-0432, Vol. 32, no 6, p. 523-544Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-49810 (URN)10.1111/gwao.12489 (DOI)000544176000001 ()2-s2.0-85087301983 (Scopus ID)
Projects
Digitalisering av managment - DigMa
Available from: 2020-08-27 Created: 2020-08-27 Last updated: 2021-01-04Bibliographically approved
Asztalos Morell, I., De, S., Mahadalkar, P., Johansson, C. & Gustafsson, L.-K. (2020). Silence or voice?: Agency freedom among elderly women living in extended families in urban India. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17(23), 1-18, Article ID 8779.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Silence or voice?: Agency freedom among elderly women living in extended families in urban India
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2020 (English)In: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, ISSN 1661-7827, E-ISSN 1660-4601, Vol. 17, no 23, p. 1-18, article id 8779Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The preferential form of living for the elderly in India is within the extended family. India is undergoing rapid economic development, an increase in mobility, and changes in gender norms due to an increase in women’s labour force participation, which places challenges on traditional intergenerational relationships. Ageing and the well-being of the elderly is a rising concern, especially considering that their proportion of the population is expected to grow rapidly in coming decades. There is a lack of universal state provision for the elderly’s basic needs, which is especially profound for elderly women, since most do not have an independent income. This leaves the elderly dependent upon the benevolence of their adult children’s families or other relatives. This paper explores, with help of narrative analysis and critical contributions from capability theory, elderly women’s agency freedoms and how this can be contextualised with their varying capability sets. With help of Spivak’s notion of the silent subaltern, the paper anchors elderly women’s abilities to voice to their agency freedom. The master narrative of the silent supportive wife and side-lined mother-in-law as well as three counter-narratives explore alternative agencies taken by elderly women.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
MDPI AG, 2020
Keywords
Ageing, Agency freedom, Capability, Care regime, Elderly, Family care, Hindu, India, Narrative, Subaltern, Women, aging population, class, elderly care, religion, research method, social network, womens health, adult, adult child, aged, aging, article, basic needs, child, extended family, family counseling, female, human, mother-in-law, plant leaf, voice, wife
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-52784 (URN)10.3390/ijerph17238779 (DOI)000597614000001 ()33255996 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85096786143 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-12-10 Created: 2020-12-10 Last updated: 2021-06-21Bibliographically approved
Darvishpour, M., Asztalos Morell, I., Månsson, N., Mahmoodian, M. & Hoppe, M. (2019). Ensamkommande ungdomars röster om mottagande, inkludering och jämställdhetsutveckling. In: Mehrdad Darvishpour; Niclas Månsson (Ed.), Ensamkommandes upplevelser & professionellas erfarenheter: . Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ensamkommande ungdomars röster om mottagande, inkludering och jämställdhetsutveckling
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2019 (Swedish)In: Ensamkommandes upplevelser & professionellas erfarenheter / [ed] Mehrdad Darvishpour; Niclas Månsson, Liber, 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Liber, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Work; Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42613 (URN)978-91-47-12926-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2019-02-08 Last updated: 2021-10-14Bibliographically approved
Darvishpour, M., Månsson, N., Asztalos Morell, I. & Hoppe, M. (2019). Samverkan och utmaningar – mottagande av ensamkommande ungdomar. In: Mehrad Darvishpour; Niclas Månsson (Ed.), Ensamkommandes upplevelser & professionellas erfarenheter: . Liber
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samverkan och utmaningar – mottagande av ensamkommande ungdomar
2019 (Swedish)In: Ensamkommandes upplevelser & professionellas erfarenheter / [ed] Mehrad Darvishpour; Niclas Månsson, Liber, 2019Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Liber, 2019
National Category
Social Sciences Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Work; Industrial Economics and Organisations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42614 (URN)978-91-47-12926-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-02-08 Created: 2019-02-08 Last updated: 2021-10-14Bibliographically approved
Asztalos Morell, I. (2019). The Role of Public Private Partnership in the Governance of Racialised Poverty in a Marginalised Rural Municipality in Hungary. Sociologia Ruralis, 59(3), 494-516
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Role of Public Private Partnership in the Governance of Racialised Poverty in a Marginalised Rural Municipality in Hungary
2019 (English)In: Sociologia Ruralis, ISSN 0038-0199, E-ISSN 1467-9523, Vol. 59, no 3, p. 494-516Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article explores the local governance of poverty alleviation in a marginalised Hungarian rural community, with over 50 per cent Roma inhabitants, most of whom were either unemployed or participated in public work projects. Kisbalog is among those marginalised rural communities which are characterised by increasing social polarisation and ethnic cleavages as a result of selective outmigration and a municipal leadership which negotiates access to public work along racialised notions of deservingness. Hungary follows the EU concept of public private partnerships for local governance. This article unravels the room for manoeuvre for NGOs working for poverty alleviation in the context of the racialised narratives of a paternalistic local welfare state. Utilising Young's notions of social justice it explores the complicit nature of recognitional, associative and distributional justice in order to understand the interplay in partnerships between public and private agencies. From among three types of strategies, coercive, isolated and deliberative, the last one has the potential to bring about transformative changes.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WILEY, 2019
National Category
Social Anthropology Public Administration Studies Work Sciences Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-45012 (URN)10.1111/soru.12256 (DOI)000478097700007 ()2-s2.0-85068323458 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-08-15 Created: 2019-08-15 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved
Asztalos Morell, I. (2018). Contestations of the Swedish Deportation Regime: Civil Mobilisation for and with Afghan Youth. In: Margit Feischmidt, Ludger Pries and Celine Cantat (Ed.), Refugee Protection and Civil Society in Europe: (pp. 319-351). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contestations of the Swedish Deportation Regime: Civil Mobilisation for and with Afghan Youth
2018 (English)In: Refugee Protection and Civil Society in Europe / [ed] Margit Feischmidt, Ludger Pries and Celine Cantat, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, p. 319-351Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sweden was the country within the EU that received the highest number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) and youth in relation to the country’s population during 2015. Out of the 162,877 asylum-seekers arrived during 2015, half were children and half of the children (35,369) arrived unaccompanied. UASC possess special rights as children during the asylum process. Whereas their asylum grounds are assessed by the Migration Agency, the minors’ everyday whereabouts are under the responsibility of municipalities. Being a minor gives access to preferential treatment and rights compared to adult asylum seekers, both in terms of access to municipal services, such as healthcare, schools, housing, social support, and in terms of considerations of asylum grounds leading to residency in Sweden.

However, from 2016, austerity measures were put in place that, combined with an intensified and long-running securitisation of migration management, had serious consequences for these children and youth. Among the most imperative developments, there has been an increased suspicion of UASC’s self-declared age in the asylum process, combined with a medicalisation of age determination. The “writing up” of minors’ age has increased, thereby commonly leading to the rejection of UASC’s asylum claims and a deportation order. Due to a long processing time at the Migration Agency and in the Swedish migration courts, many youths have also turned 18 during their wait for a final case decision.

In reponse to these developments, protests have been organised and Sweden has seen a growing civil societal engagement on behalf of and together with UASC. This chapter explores civil societal engagement, both by and on behalf of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC) of Afghan origin in Sweden. It focuses on the period starting after 2015, and proceeds through an analysis of the Facebook site: “Stoppa utvisningarna av afghanska ungdomar!” [Stop the deportation of Afghan youths!] [Stop deportations]. This site, initiated in the fall of 2016 quickly gathered 20,000 supporters, brought together youth from Afghanistan and Swedish civilians engaged in demanding better asylum procedures for asylum-seeking youth from Afghanistan. This paper will focus on the interconnections between civil society mobilisation and UASC mobilisation around the struggles concerning

1 I am thankful to Anna Lundberg, whose comments and suggestions on relevant theoretical frameworks have greatly contributed to the improvement of this text. I am also thankful to the editors of this book who have contributed with insightful comments to develop this text. Ingrid Eckerman, the initiator of the facebook site “Stoppa utvisningar!” has commented on a version of this text and contributed with valuable additional aspects, which were incorporated into this version, for which I am thankful.

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securitisation, anti-deportation and amnesty2. It will particularly examine how mobilisation based on different types of agencies were mediated through social media.

To start with the paper sheds light on the emergence of social movements in Sweden. Secondly, it explores how the theoretical frameworks of “pragmatic voluntarism” and “subversive humanitarianism” contribute to problematise pro-refugee movements and how pro-refugee movements could be understood as struggles for reconfiguring hegemonic perceptions of refugees. Thirdly, it discusses the way how narrative analysis contributes to understand of these reconfigurative processes. Finally, following a brief reflection on the origins and activities of the site, the article explores the activities on this site as expressions of positions ranging from “pragmatic voluntarism” to “subversive humanitarianism”. It explores also the kind of alternative subjectivities they offer for UASC, and the kind of space they create between “exclusion” and “inclusion”. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018
Keywords
migration, asylum, civil society, facebook, unaccompanied asylum seeking youth, afghan youth
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42279 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-92741-1_12 (DOI)2-s2.0-85063638184 (Scopus ID)978-3-319-92741-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-06 Created: 2019-01-06 Last updated: 2019-11-14Bibliographically approved
Asztalos Morell, I. & Gradskova, Y. (2018). Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies New Hierarchies. London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gendering Postsocialism: Old Legacies New Hierarchies
2018 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

When the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989 and when, two years later, the Soviet Union crumbled and was divided into 15 independent states, the huge space formerly called the Communist Bloc or the countries of state socialism seemed to disappear forever, and an unprecedented process of change began. This process was just as unique from a historical perspective as the earlier attempts to build communism and/or state socialism. The changes had different speeds and directions, and while some states embraced the process of democratisation in order to “return to Europe”, others were experimenting with the ideals of a strong authoritarian state, religion, and a “return to tradition” to build a new society.

 

Now, however, nearly 30 years later, the different countries of this huge geographical space often continue to be addressed according to their common past, or as countries still in a state of transition or transformation from their previous condition – as postsocialist. In some cases the communist past seems to have been totally overcome, and these countries are recognized as European and democratic states with well-functioning market economies (as in the case of many countries that have joined the European Union). However, their position in the formerly socialist space can suddenly be remembered in exceptional circumstances, like during the refugee crisis of 2015 (Dalakoglou, 2016). In other cases, the changes do not seem to be thorough due to the emergence of authoritarian regimes and corruption. Thus, the states that have experienced slower changes are more frequently referred to through their past as “formerly” or “post” socialist.

 

In deference to these temporal interpretations, following Madina Tlostanova, we approach postsocialism not only in temporal terms, but also in spatial terms – as a space populated by millions of people whose experience is “underconceptualized” in the analysis of globalisation (Tlostanova, 2017, pp. 1-3). In choosing to analyse postsocialism as a “critical standpoint” in order to avoid the essencialisation of the region (Stella, 2015, p.133), we consider it important to explore gendered changes focusing on institutions, discourses, memories, identities, and fantasies that in one way or another connect to this postsocialist condition.

 

 Although taking place in varied shapes and degrees, the dismantlement of state socialism and the emergence of “capitalism” in the former state socialist countries led to radical shifts in their economies as well as in the welfare state’s involvement in social citizenship. Gender relations were a key arena for the moulding of state-socialist citizenship where institutions, guarding women’s reproductive rights as well as their work opportunities, were raised to create the ideal socialist citizen. Gender norms and gender relations have also been a prime field for forming the postsocialist citizen. While we assume that the bondage between economic regimes and gender norms is not deterministic (Asztalos Morell, 1999), the contributions to this book further explore the connectivity between gender and economy without assuming reductionist causality or restricting the sphere of gender norms to the sphere of economic importance.

 

Thus, the main aim of this book is to explore changing gendered norms and expectations in relation to the postsocialist transformation in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. We explore how the gendered legacies of state socialism are entangled with the geopolitical re-orientation of the region and the simultaneity of socio-economic, political, and cultural changes in this geographical space. How are gender expectations shaped in the conflict between impulses towards more gender equality versus the re-naturalisation/re-traditionalisation of gender norms, and how are the new gender norms entangled with the neoliberal economic demands, precarities, “multifaceted injustice” (Suchland, 2015, p. 188), new forms of socio-economic differentiation, and insecurities?How can the analysis of gender norms and expectations in the space of former state socialism contribute to a study of global developments in gender relationships?

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018
National Category
Social Sciences Humanities and the Arts Sociology
Research subject
Working Life Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-42278 (URN)2-s2.0-85047339721 (Scopus ID)978-1-138-29606-0 (ISBN)978-1-315-10025-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-01-06 Created: 2019-01-06 Last updated: 2023-12-04Bibliographically approved
Projects
Local care regimes in the context of rural transformation and welfare governance [2007-02000_Formas]; Uppsala UniversityFamiljen och den starka staten i ett Östeuropa/Östersjöperspektiv: frigörelse eller tvång? [A082-2007_OSS]; Södertörn UniversityResearching gender and sexuality in Eastern European history and post-socialist present: Does race matter? [21-RN-0001_OSS]; Södertörn University
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