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Ny situation - ny organisation. Gatutidningen Situation Sthlm 1995-2000

Magnusson, Jan LU (2002) In Lund Dissertations in Social Work
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I tider av samhällsförändringar uppträder nya organisationer. De är beroende av att mobilisera resurser från en omgivning som präglas av en gammal ordning. De måste då anpassa sig för att överleva. I denna process är härmandet en central mekanism. Nya organisationer lär sig att överleva genom att härma sin omgivning. Detta leder i sin tur till att de tenderar att bli alltmer lika gamla, och redan etablerade organisationer. Avhandlingen handlar om gatutidningen Situation Sthlm, en organisation av för svensk del oprövad typ, som tog plats i organisationslivet under andra halvan av 1990-talet. Situation Sthlm är en del av en världsomspännande gatutidningsrörelse. Det unika med dessa tidningar är att... (More)
Popular Abstract in Swedish

I tider av samhällsförändringar uppträder nya organisationer. De är beroende av att mobilisera resurser från en omgivning som präglas av en gammal ordning. De måste då anpassa sig för att överleva. I denna process är härmandet en central mekanism. Nya organisationer lär sig att överleva genom att härma sin omgivning. Detta leder i sin tur till att de tenderar att bli alltmer lika gamla, och redan etablerade organisationer. Avhandlingen handlar om gatutidningen Situation Sthlm, en organisation av för svensk del oprövad typ, som tog plats i organisationslivet under andra halvan av 1990-talet. Situation Sthlm är en del av en världsomspännande gatutidningsrörelse. Det unika med dessa tidningar är att de säljs av hemlösa på gatan och kombinerar socialt arbete med affärsdrivande verksamhet. I början försökte Situation Sthlm härma den framgångsrika engelska gatutidningen The Big Issue. Men anspråken på att spela en roll för Stockholms hemlösa och behovet av tillgång till lokala resurser gjorde att tidningen allmer började likna de andra lokala organisationer som redan var verksamma inom hemlöshetsområdet. (Less)
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New organizations emerge in times of social change. Their survival depends on their ability to mobilize resources in an environment defined by an old order, and thus they must adapt to it. Since new organizations learn how to adapt by mimicking already succesful organizations, their structure tend to become increasingly similar to the structure of those organizations. The thesis tells the story of the emergence of Situation Sthlm, a Swedish street paper that was started in 1995. It was part of a global movement of street papers and represented an organizational type that so far had been unknown in modern Swedish society. Its uniqueness was based on the fact that it produced a paper that was sold on the street by homeless vendors, and on... (More)
New organizations emerge in times of social change. Their survival depends on their ability to mobilize resources in an environment defined by an old order, and thus they must adapt to it. Since new organizations learn how to adapt by mimicking already succesful organizations, their structure tend to become increasingly similar to the structure of those organizations. The thesis tells the story of the emergence of Situation Sthlm, a Swedish street paper that was started in 1995. It was part of a global movement of street papers and represented an organizational type that so far had been unknown in modern Swedish society. Its uniqueness was based on the fact that it produced a paper that was sold on the street by homeless vendors, and on its combination of newspaper production and sales with social work. In the beginning Situation Sthlm tried to mimic the successful British street paper The Big Issue. But the ambition to cater to the needs of Stockholm's homeless, and the need to mobilize local resources eventually forced the organization to change in order to fit in with already established local organizations that was active in the field of homelessness. The thesis shows how the organization managed to change and adapt to the local resource structures while at the same time preserving its core activities as a street paper and gaining the neocorporative advantages of the field. The thesis attempts to synthesize a number of theoretical concepts into a dynamic theory of social change, including resource dependence, neocorporative organizational fields, institutional isomorphism, emulation, autonomous and relational resources as well as metaphorical forms of organizational adaption (octopoidenss, gluttony, monstrosity, credulity, hypocrisy). Data from three areas of Situation Sthlm's operations are used: The publication, the social work, and organizational development. It was collected between 1999-2002 through complementary use of interviews, observations and unobtrusive methods, and covers the period between 1995-2000. (Less)
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  • PhD Mulinari, Diana, Dept. of Sociology, Lund University
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resource dependence, mimicry, homelessness, social change, resource mobilization, voluntary sector, NGO, adaptive forms, help-to-self-help, new organizations, neocorporatism, institutional isomorphism, emulation, street paper, Social problems and welfare, national insurance, Sociala problem, social välfärd, socialförsäkring
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Lund Dissertations in Social Work
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205 pages
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School of Social Work, Lund University
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Sal 28, Socialhögskolan, Bredgatan 26, Lund
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2002-06-06 10:15
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1650-3872
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91-89604-11-3
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Swedish
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  title        = {Ny situation - ny organisation. Gatutidningen Situation Sthlm 1995-2000},
  year         = {2002},
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