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The welfare mobility dilemma. Transnational strategies and national structuring at crossroads

Righard, Erica LU (2008) In Lund Dissertations in Social Work 31.
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Avhandlingen behandlar välfärd med fokus på internationell mobilitet och immobilitet. Den tar avstamp i två olika konceptuliseringar av organiseringen av vardagen i relation till nationalstaten: en som konceptualiserar vardagslivet som relativt mobilt och föränderligt över nationalstatliga gränser, och en som konceptualiserar det som relativt immobilt och oföränderligt över dessa. Organiseringen av vardagen relateras till välfärd och tre aspekter av välfärd och im/mobilitet diskuteras: (i) välfärd i relation till mobilitet, (ii) välfärd i relation till immobilitet och (iii) spänningen mellan vad som i avhandlingen benämns som välfärdens ”transnationella” och ”nationella ram”. Förståelsen av den... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

Avhandlingen behandlar välfärd med fokus på internationell mobilitet och immobilitet. Den tar avstamp i två olika konceptuliseringar av organiseringen av vardagen i relation till nationalstaten: en som konceptualiserar vardagslivet som relativt mobilt och föränderligt över nationalstatliga gränser, och en som konceptualiserar det som relativt immobilt och oföränderligt över dessa. Organiseringen av vardagen relateras till välfärd och tre aspekter av välfärd och im/mobilitet diskuteras: (i) välfärd i relation till mobilitet, (ii) välfärd i relation till immobilitet och (iii) spänningen mellan vad som i avhandlingen benämns som välfärdens ”transnationella” och ”nationella ram”. Förståelsen av den transnationella ramen lutar sig mot migrationsforskning med en transnationell förståelse av migrationsprocessen, och förståelsen av den nationella ramen mot socialpolitisk forskning med en geopolitiskt inriktning. Avhandlingens två forskningsfrågor har formulerats i spänningen mellan dessa två forskningsområden och är: Hur skiljer sig transnationell och nationell välfärd åt? och Hur är socialpolitik konstituerad och konstituerande av nationalstaten?



Analyserna bygger på en omfattande genomgång av relevant litteratur. Genom begreppsliga och metodologiska utredningar förmår analyserna att belysa de två forskningsfrågorna. Generellt bidrar studien med kunskap om relationen mellan transnationell migration och den nationella välfärdsstaten. Specifikt bidrar den (i) till en förståelse om hur spänningen mellan transnationella välfärdsstrategier och nationell välfärdspolitik kan manifestera sig i individuella och kollektiva transnationella aktörers vardagsliv och (ii) till hur (svensk) socialpolitik både är konstituerad och konstituerande av (den svenska) nationalstaten. Den förvärvda kunskapen stimulerar fortsatta reflektioner kring transnationell välfärd. Avhandlingen initierar en diskussion kring den ”transnationella sociala frågan” och föreslår två möjliga forskningsinriktningar för att bygga vidare på kunskapen kring transnationell välfärd. (Less)
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The dissertation considers welfare with regard to international mobility and immobility. It addresses a tension between two different conceptualisations of the organisation of everyday life with regard to nation-states: one that views everyday life as relatively mobile across nation-state borders and boundaries, and another that treats everyday life as relatively confined within such limits. The organisation of everyday life is related to welfare and the need to examine three aspects of welfare and im/mobility is identified: (i) welfare with regard to mobility, (ii) welfare with regard to immobility, and (iii) the tension between what are termed the ‘transnational frame’ and the ‘national frame’ of welfare. The transnational frame draws on... (More)
The dissertation considers welfare with regard to international mobility and immobility. It addresses a tension between two different conceptualisations of the organisation of everyday life with regard to nation-states: one that views everyday life as relatively mobile across nation-state borders and boundaries, and another that treats everyday life as relatively confined within such limits. The organisation of everyday life is related to welfare and the need to examine three aspects of welfare and im/mobility is identified: (i) welfare with regard to mobility, (ii) welfare with regard to immobility, and (iii) the tension between what are termed the ‘transnational frame’ and the ‘national frame’ of welfare. The transnational frame draws on the transnational turn within migration research, and the national frame on the territorial turn within social policy research. Two research questions are raised from the juxtaposition of these investigative directions: How do transnational and national welfare diverge? and How is social policy constituted by and constitutive of the nation-state?



The inquiry has employed extensive reviews of the relevant scholarly literature. Through conceptual and methodological developments, the analyses shed empirical light on the research questions. Generally, the study adds to knowledge about the relation between transnational migration and national welfare states. More specifically, it contributes firstly to an understanding of how the tension between transnational welfare strategies and national structuring can be manifested in the everyday lives of individual and collective transnational actors, and secondly to an understanding of how (Swedish) social policy is constituted by and constitutive of the borders and boundaries of the nation-state. The findings stimulate further reflections on transnational welfare, and a formulation of the ‘transnational social question’ is attempted, as well as proposing two research frontiers to improve the understanding of transnational welfare. (Less)
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  • Prof. Kazepov, Yuri, University of Urbino
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TRANSNATIONAL WELFARE, THE SWEDISH WELFARE STATE, TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL SPACES, SOCIAL POLICY, MIGRATION
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Lund Dissertations in Social Work
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31
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193 pages
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The School of Social Work, Lund University
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Edebalksalen, School of Social Work
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2008-05-24 10:15
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978-91-89604-38-4
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English
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