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Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2016). Metaphorical expression used in Swedish news media narratives to portray the shortage of nurses and their working conditions. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(2), 382-395
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Metaphorical expression used in Swedish news media narratives to portray the shortage of nurses and their working conditions
2016 (English)In: Journal of Advanced Nursing, ISSN 0309-2402, E-ISSN 1365-2648, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 382-395Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aim: The aim of the study is to uncover and reveal how nurses as a profession and their working conditions are dramatized and portrayed inSwedish media narratives about the shortage of nurses. Background: The media is an arena where stakeholders can air their views of the healthcare sector in general and the situation for nurses in particular. The focus in this study is the debate in Sweden on the shortage of nurses. Design: Qualitative discursive study. Method: A discourse analysis of media narratives about nurses and their working conditions published in several Swedish newspapers from 2009-2014. 1779 articles were included in the study. A selection (113 articles) of these articles was further analysed using a qualitative discursive psychological approach. Findings: Nurses are portrayed as being good, concerned about and critical of healthcare managers and politicians for not taking action. The accused actors justify their actions by partially accepting or displacing responsibility. The shortage of nurses is framed as a social problem - a threat to patients' safety. Seven different types of metaphorical expression frame the problem as inevitable, beyond control, abstract, an individual and collegial problem and nurses as replaceable. In addition, nurses and patients are dehumanized and no-one is held responsible. Conclusions: This study analyses the role of the media in emphasizing the seriousness or obscurity of the problem and possible solutions to it. Alternative narratives are needed to re-frame the nursing shortage and to find sustainable solutions. 

Keywords
discursive psychology, metaphorical expressions, narratives, nurses, nursing shortage, the media
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30691 (URN)10.1111/jan.12839 (DOI)000367947700014 ()2-s2.0-84954027781 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Holmström, I. K., Stier, J., Tillgren, P. & Östlund, G. (Eds.). (2016). Samproduktionens retorik och praktik: inom hälsa och välfärd (1ed.). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Samproduktionens retorik och praktik: inom hälsa och välfärd
2016 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016. p. 258 Edition: 1
National Category
Public Administration Studies Educational Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-31401 (URN)978-91-44-11482-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-04-11 Created: 2016-04-11 Last updated: 2016-04-18Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. & Blomberg, H. (2016). The quest for truth: The use of discursive and rhetorical resources in newspaper coverage of the (mis)treatment of young Swedish gymnasts. Discourse & Communication, 10(1), 65-81
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The quest for truth: The use of discursive and rhetorical resources in newspaper coverage of the (mis)treatment of young Swedish gymnasts
2016 (English)In: Discourse & Communication, ISSN 1750-4813, E-ISSN 1750-4821, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 65-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2012, the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) published a series of articles criticising Swedish national level gymnastics for being abusive. This text analyses the subsequent debate by identifying the discursive and rhetorical resources used by the involved parties. The analysis shows how the parties negotiate accountability, manage dilemmas of stake and what the possible social consequences of these are. Five narratives are singled out in the debate: the counter narrative, the victim narrative, the defence-speech narrative, the expert narrative and the ‘not-us-narrative’. In these narratives, the involved parties used rhetorical resources to account for reality. Hence, the gymnastics community, the research community, individuals and journalists are all portrayed as actors co-producing a social problem.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage, 2016
Keywords
Discursive phychology, rhetorical resources, media narratives, gymnastics, newspaper
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30689 (URN)10.1177/1750481315600310 (DOI)000368276300004 ()2-s2.0-84954425128 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-01-11 Created: 2016-01-11 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved
Larsson, R., Stier, J., Åkerlind, I. & Sandmark, H. (2015). Implementing health-promoting leadership in municipal organizations: Managers' experiences with a leadership program. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 5(1), 93-114
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Implementing health-promoting leadership in municipal organizations: Managers' experiences with a leadership program
2015 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 93-114Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to analyze how line and middle managers experience and describe barriers and enablers in the implementation of a health-promoting leadership program in municipal organizations. A qualitative case study design was applied to examine the leadership program in a case involving implementation of an organizational health intervention. Data were mainly collected using semi-structured interviews with line and middle managers participating in the leadership program. Interviews with senior managers, notes from meetings/workshops, and written action plans were used as complementary data. The interview data were analyzed using a thematic analysis, and the complementary data using a summative content analysis. The findings show that the interviewed line and middle managers experienced this leadership program as a new approach in leadership training because it is based primarily on employee participation. Involvement and commitment of the employees was considered a crucial enabler in the implementation of the leadership program. Other enablers identified include action plans with specific goals, earlier experiences of organizational change, and integration of the program content into regular routines and structures. The line and middle managers described several barriers in the implementation process, and they described various organizational conditions, such as high workload, lack of senior management support, politically initiated projects, and organizational change, as challenges that limited the opportunities to be drivers of change. Taken together, these barriers interfered with the leadership program and its implementation. The study contributes to the understanding of how organizational-level health interventions are implemented in public sector workplaces.

National Category
Work Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27152 (URN)10.19154/njwls.v5i1.4767 (DOI)000360069000007 ()
Available from: 2014-12-19 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. & Eriksson, M. (2015). Leadership culture and the position of girls and young women within elite gymnastics. In: : . Paper presented at 12th European Sociological Association conference, Prague 25-28th of August 2015..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Leadership culture and the position of girls and young women within elite gymnastics
2015 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Mainstream discourse on sport and young people brings positive aspects, such as enjoyment, development and health promotion to the fore. Sport is also presumed to be secure. Drawing on a study of leadership culture within Swedish elite gymnastics, the paper examines how coaches and gymnasts approach issues such as food and diet, weight and weight control, injuries and pain, sport relationships (coach-gymnast, coach-gymnast-parents, coach-sport association, etcetera), knowledge and competence, as well as the relationship between leadership culture and policy documents such as the National guidelines for elite gymnastics and the UN convention on the rights of the child. The analysis brings the gendering practices of the coaches – often an adult man - to the fore and indicates that girls and young women are subjected to more control, verbal abuse, and stricter demands on both obedience and diet than boys and young men. Boys and young men seem to be treated more democratically and receive more positive feedback and social support. These results are discussed in relation to the intersection of age and gender inequality, as well as constructions of both gender and the child, for example, how the treatment of girls and young women is associated with a well-established notion that female gymnasts need a child-like body to be able to perform at the elite level. Furthermore, prevailing conceptions of the optimal body of a successful gymnast is discussed, particularly in the light of the pubertal development of girl's' and boys' bodies.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-30526 (URN)
Conference
12th European Sociological Association conference, Prague 25-28th of August 2015.
Available from: 2015-12-22 Created: 2015-12-22 Last updated: 2015-12-23Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2015). The launching and establishment of a social problem: An analysis of the debate on Swedish national level gymnastics in Dagens Nyheter 2012-2013.. Sociologisk forskning, 52(1), 61-79
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The launching and establishment of a social problem: An analysis of the debate on Swedish national level gymnastics in Dagens Nyheter 2012-2013.
2015 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 52, no 1, p. 61-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2012 Sweden's largest daily newspaper, Dagens Nyheter, published a number of articles on the state of affairs in Swedish national level gymnastics. In these articles, ex-gymnasts, coaches, parents and physicians stepped forward and testified about recurrent wrongdoings and abuse against young (particularly) female gymnasts. In response to the criticism, the accused coaches and representatives of the Swedish Gymnastics Federation downsized or dismissed the criticism as inaccurate. This being said, and using discursive psychology and a qualitative design, this article sheds light upon this debate by viewing it as a struggle between a hegemonic discourse of "the goodness" of sports, on the one hand, a number of unfavorable and negative testimonies of the state of affairs in Swedish national level gymnastics on the other. More concretely, this struggle has been analyzed with regard to the discursive and rhetoric resources the involved parties' used to pursue their claims about the state of affairs in Swedish national level gymnastics and the impact these resources had for their credibility and legitimacy. Questions were: Who is entitled "to spell out" their view on the state of affairs within Swedish national level gymnastics? What is mediated and how? How are descriptions and accounts about reality constructed as credible and factual? It is concluded that social problems are launched via co-production; in this process, the gymnastics community, the research community, single individuals, and the media - were co-actors.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27971 (URN)000353178600004 ()2-s2.0-84928981490 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2015-05-15 Created: 2015-05-15 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. & Hopstadius, M. (2014). Att förebygga ungas utanförskap: en utvärdering av ett samverkansprojekt mellan Hallstahammar kommun och polisen. Västerås
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Att förebygga ungas utanförskap: en utvärdering av ett samverkansprojekt mellan Hallstahammar kommun och polisen
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: , 2014
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26678 (URN)
Available from: 2014-11-28 Created: 2014-11-28 Last updated: 2014-12-01Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. (2014). Co-producing a social problem: Abusive leadership in Swedish national level gymnastics. In: : . Paper presented at Health and Welfare and Coproduction at Mälardalen University.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Co-producing a social problem: Abusive leadership in Swedish national level gymnastics
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26674 (URN)
Conference
Health and Welfare and Coproduction at Mälardalen University
Available from: 2014-11-28 Created: 2014-11-28 Last updated: 2014-12-22Bibliographically approved
Stier, J. (2014). Förord. In: Att tänka socialpsykologiskt: . Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förord
2014 (Swedish)In: Att tänka socialpsykologiskt, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2014Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2014
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-26682 (URN)9789144097251 (ISBN)
Available from: 2014-11-28 Created: 2014-11-28 Last updated: 2014-12-18Bibliographically approved
Blomberg, H. & Stier, J. (2014). Havererade vårdkontakter: De professionellas vittnesmål om vanskliga vårdrelationer; hur de kan förstås, hanteras och förebyggas. Västerås: Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Mälardalens högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Havererade vårdkontakter: De professionellas vittnesmål om vanskliga vårdrelationer; hur de kan förstås, hanteras och förebyggas
2014 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Akademin för hälsa, vård och välfärd, Mälardalens högskola, 2014. p. 32
Keywords
interaktion, kommunikation, vårdkontakter, vårdmöten
National Category
Social Sciences Health Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27282 (URN)
Available from: 2015-01-07 Created: 2015-01-07 Last updated: 2015-01-14Bibliographically approved
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