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“Det här välfärdssamhället...det är inte det för alla”. - en kvalitativ studie av socialarbetares föreställningar om tiggeri.

Martinez Moreno, Ana Maria LU and Lundén, Josefine LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
In both Swedish political discourse and in Swedish media the phenomenon known as begging is a topical issue. The purpose behind this study was to examine the attitudes and notions toward the phenomenon of begging among social workers within the voluntary and public sector, and also their position on responsibility in relation to this reality. The empirical base of the study was formed by semi-structured interviews with five social workers from the voluntary and public sector of social care. The theoretical understanding of our study was mainly based on the welfare triangle model. In addition to this theoretical understanding was also derived from the Swedish model of welfare and the concept of discretion within social work. Among our... (More)
In both Swedish political discourse and in Swedish media the phenomenon known as begging is a topical issue. The purpose behind this study was to examine the attitudes and notions toward the phenomenon of begging among social workers within the voluntary and public sector, and also their position on responsibility in relation to this reality. The empirical base of the study was formed by semi-structured interviews with five social workers from the voluntary and public sector of social care. The theoretical understanding of our study was mainly based on the welfare triangle model. In addition to this theoretical understanding was also derived from the Swedish model of welfare and the concept of discretion within social work. Among our results we found that the definition of begging varies among the social workers included in the study but that workers from both the public and the voluntary sector define begging as a social problem. On the question of responsibility we found that all of our interviewed subjects were in agreement that the phenomenon requires responsibility on a national level as well as on an international level. When it comes to the burden of sharing between the public and voluntary field our results imply that the sectors co-operate and influence each other’s work although we found implications that told us that the responsibility maybe is more likely to fall on the shoulders of the voluntary sector. Another conclusion from our study was that the discretion highly differs between social workers when comparing the public and the voluntary sectors of social work. The room for discretion in relation to the phenomenon has a tendency to be smaller within the public sphere as the legislation regulates the work and restricts the possibility to act. (Less)
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author
Martinez Moreno, Ana Maria LU and Lundén, Josefine LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
social problem, discretion, EU-citizen, begging, beggars, voluntary organizations, public sector, welfare triangle
language
Swedish
id
3813885
date added to LUP
2013-06-17 11:12:16
date last changed
2013-06-17 11:12:16
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  abstract     = {In both Swedish political discourse and in Swedish media the phenomenon known as begging is a topical issue. The purpose behind this study was to examine the attitudes and notions toward the phenomenon of begging among social workers within the voluntary and public sector, and also their position on responsibility in relation to this reality. The empirical base of the study was formed by semi-structured interviews with five social workers from the voluntary and public sector of social care. The theoretical understanding of our study was mainly based on the welfare triangle model. In addition to this theoretical understanding was also derived from the Swedish model of welfare and the concept of discretion within social work. Among our results we found that the definition of begging varies among the social workers included in the study but that workers from both the public and the voluntary sector define begging as a social problem. On the question of responsibility we found that all of our interviewed subjects were in agreement that the phenomenon requires responsibility on a national level as well as on an international level. When it comes to the burden of sharing between the public and voluntary field our results imply that the sectors co-operate and influence each other’s work although we found implications that told us that the responsibility maybe is more likely to fall on the shoulders of the voluntary sector. Another conclusion from our study was that the discretion highly differs between social workers when comparing the public and the voluntary sectors of social work. The room for discretion in relation to the phenomenon has a tendency to be smaller within the public sphere as the legislation regulates the work and restricts the possibility to act.},
  author       = {Martinez Moreno, Ana Maria and Lundén, Josefine},
  keyword      = {social problem,discretion,EU-citizen,begging,beggars,voluntary organizations,public sector,welfare triangle},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {“Det här välfärdssamhället...det är inte det för alla”. - en kvalitativ studie av socialarbetares föreställningar om tiggeri.},
  year         = {2013},
}