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Goicolea, I., Bäckström, H., Lauri, M., Carbin, M. & Linander, I. (2023). Daring to ask about violence?: a critical examination of social services’ policies on asking about gender-based violence. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 7(3), 467-482
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2023 (English)In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence, ISSN 2398-6808, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 467-482Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article critically analyses the assumptions and effects of the ‘daring to ask approach’ to gender based violence (GBV), as expressed in the policies that govern social services’ work in Sweden. We show how GBV is constituted as a sensitive issue connected with shame and as something that will not be brought up spontaneously; GBV is something that women who had experienced it carry with them as an ‘untouched truth’ waiting to be discovered by social workers while women’s worries about the consequences of telling are not made intelligible. The very speaking as such is seen as emancipatory, and the social worker is understood as a facilitator. With this approach follows standardised questions, aiming for neutrality and equity. However, these are so wide and unspecific, that the risk is that no one thinks the questions are directed to her. By making the assumptions and effects of a seemingly self-evident strategy visible, we demonstrate areas in need of further research and policy development, such as barriers to help-seeking (beyond stigmatisation) and effects of standardisation. This is an important undertaking since without critical scrutiny of the policies there is a risk that stakeholders assume that merely asking will resolve the problem of GBV.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol University Press, 2023
Keywords
intimate partner violence, violence against women, violence in close relationships, social work, standardisation, problematisation
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214789 (URN)10.1332/239868021x16903817520612 (DOI)001054983800001 ()2-s2.0-85174310009 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01373
Available from: 2023-09-29 Created: 2023-09-29 Last updated: 2023-10-27Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, E., Carbin, M. & Nilsson, B. (2023). Restoring trust? Public communication from Swedish universities about the post-truth crisis. Critical Studies in Education, 64(5), 497-514
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Restoring trust? Public communication from Swedish universities about the post-truth crisis
2023 (English)In: Critical Studies in Education, ISSN 1750-8487, E-ISSN 1750-8495, Vol. 64, no 5, p. 497-514Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this paper, we engage with five Swedish universities’ discursive articulation of, and responses to, an alleged post-truth crisis in communication, aimed at the public. Taking discourse theory as our point of departure, the aim is to analyse how universities are trying to maintain or restore trustworthiness against a backdrop of problems with fact resistance, fake news, and mistrust in academic institutions. The dilemma for universities is how to counteract post-truth without falling into the trap of returning to a realist paradigm, with its strict notions of truth and objectivity. The paper shows how public events are characterised by a crisis rhetoric, a dislocation, together with imaginaries of both external and internal threats of disorder, which convey a narrow and simplified understanding of scientific knowledge as objective and neutral. ‘Defenders of truth’ seem to foreclose any discussion by deeming knowledge relativism an irrational and dangerous position that fuels arguments claiming a truth crisis. A conclusion is that universities risk increasing polarisation, rather than trying to tackle problems of trustworthiness. The authors argue that, instead, universities need to be attentive to matters of democracy, power, and privilege, as well as a plurality of epistemological ideals, when discussing the so-called post-truth crisis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
post-truth, fact resistance, higher education, trustworthiness, truth crisis
National Category
Media and Communications
Research subject
media and communication studies; education
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-206892 (URN)10.1080/17508487.2023.2203405 (DOI)000970871400001 ()2-s2.0-85153363984 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2018-01339
Available from: 2023-04-20 Created: 2023-04-20 Last updated: 2024-01-08Bibliographically approved
Lauri, M., Carbin, M. & Linander, I. (2023). The rise of carceral feminism in sweden: analysing political debate and policy on men's violence against women. Women's Studies: International Forum, 99, Article ID 102780.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The rise of carceral feminism in sweden: analysing political debate and policy on men's violence against women
2023 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 99, article id 102780Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Drawing on recent parliamentary debates and policy proposals, this article illustrates how penal policies and punitive agendas to combat gendered violence are on the rise in Sweden. While right-wing parties have long deployed a rhetoric of crime and punishment, today the Social Democrats and Left Party (labelling themselves feminist), as well as parts of the women's shelter movement, are deploying a similar discourse. This article shows how men's violence against women suddenly became a highly prioritised political issue within a discursive framework of ‘crime and punishment’, thereby asking whether carceral feminism is emerging in Sweden. Firstly, we analyse the logic of this approach, after which we discuss associated risks, such as how carceral feminism (re)shapes the understanding of gendered violence, that it is neither effective nor demanded by victims and has stratifying and stigmatising effects on racialised communities. Furthermore, it silences material welfare solutions and ultimately legitimates the expansion of penal policies, thereby providing a foundation for a carceral state in which repression becomes the standard response to social problems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2023
Keywords
Intimate partner violence, Violence in close relationships, Penal populism, Carceral state, Punitive turn, Punishment
National Category
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-209607 (URN)10.1016/j.wsif.2023.102780 (DOI)2-s2.0-85161289340 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2021-01373
Available from: 2023-06-12 Created: 2023-06-12 Last updated: 2023-06-28Bibliographically approved
Carbin, M. (2021). Feminist struggles as anti-capitalist struggles: rediscovering Marxist feminism [Review]. International feminist journal of politics, 23(3), 508-512
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feminist struggles as anti-capitalist struggles: rediscovering Marxist feminism
2021 (English)In: International feminist journal of politics, ISSN 1461-6742, E-ISSN 1468-4470, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 508-512Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2021
National Category
Political Science Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-186629 (URN)10.1080/14616742.2021.1927133 (DOI)000654046500001 ()
Available from: 2021-08-16 Created: 2021-08-16 Last updated: 2021-08-24Bibliographically approved
Carbin, M. (2021). Towards a politics of uncertainty: difficulties of naming the relationship between gender and violence. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 5(1), 95-109
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a politics of uncertainty: difficulties of naming the relationship between gender and violence
2021 (English)In: Journal of Gender-Based Violence, ISSN 2398-6808, Vol. 5, no 1, p. 95-109Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses how the relationship between gender and violence can be articulated, both in policy and theory, in order to unsettle the feminist orthodoxy that equates gender-based violence with violence against (heterosexual, white) women. Through an interview study with Swedish policymakers in public-sector healthcare, the author discusses the work done by different conceptualisations, in particular the new and seemingly neutral category of 'violence within close relationships', and shows that there is a need to open up a discussion about the ambiguities involved in trying to find the right language to talk about the relationship between gender and violence. While uncertainty and anxiety are often regarded as negative feelings, as something to be overcome, this article argues that holding onto doubts about the possibility of fixing meaning helps to avoid reduced understandings. Thus, the attempt to lay down one correct version should be dismissed, and instead the author emphasises the need for a politics of uncertainty – both in policy and theory. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bristol University Press, 2021
Keywords
gender based violence, violence in close relationships, feminist theory
National Category
Political Science Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-177640 (URN)10.1332/239868020X16040659627358 (DOI)000621280300007 ()2-s2.0-85123104557 (Scopus ID)
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First available online 10 december 2020 

Available from: 2020-12-15 Created: 2020-12-15 Last updated: 2022-01-27Bibliographically approved
Carbin, M. (2020). Makt i filmens värld: teoretiska perspektiv mellan vardag och fantasi (1ed.). In: Britt-Inger Keisu (Ed.), Att arbeta för lika villkor: ett genus- och maktperspektiv på arbete och organisation (pp. 21-37). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Makt i filmens värld: teoretiska perspektiv mellan vardag och fantasi
2020 (Swedish)In: Att arbeta för lika villkor: ett genus- och maktperspektiv på arbete och organisation / [ed] Britt-Inger Keisu, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020, 1, p. 21-37Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2020 Edition: 1
National Category
Political Science Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-174935 (URN)9789144135045 (ISBN)
Available from: 2020-09-11 Created: 2020-09-11 Last updated: 2020-09-29Bibliographically approved
Öhman, A., Burman, M., Carbin, M. & Edin, K. (2020). 'The public health turn on violence against women': Analysing Swedish healthcare law, public health and gender-equality policies. BMC Public Health, 20(1), Article ID 753.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'The public health turn on violence against women': Analysing Swedish healthcare law, public health and gender-equality policies
2020 (English)In: BMC Public Health, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 20, no 1, article id 753Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article focuses on policy and law concerning violence against women as a public health issue. In Sweden, violence against women is recently recognized as a public health problem; we label this shift "The public health turn on violence against women". The new framing implies increased demands on the Swedish healthcare sector and its’ ability to recognise violence and deal with it in terms of prevention and interventions. The aim was to describe and discuss the main content and characteristics of Swedish healthcare law, and national public health and gender-equality policies representing the public health turn on violence against women. Through discursive policy analysis, we investigate how the violence is described, what is regarded to be the problem and what solutions and interventions that are suggested in order to solve the problem. Healthcare law articulates violence against women as an ordinary healthcare issue and the problem as shortcomings to provide good healthcare for victims, but without specifying what the problem or the legal obligation for the sector is. The public health problem is rather loosely defined, and suggested interventions are scarce and somewhat vague. The main recommendations for healthcare are to routinely ask patients about violence exposure. Violence against women is usually labelled "violence within close relationships" in the policies, and it is not necessarily described as a gender equality problem. While violence against women in some policy documents is clearly framed as a public health problem, such a framing is absent in others, or is transformed into a gender-neutral problem of violence within close relationships. It is not clearly articulated what the framing should lead to in terms of the healthcare sector's obligations, interventions and health promotions, apart from an ambivalent discourse on daring to ask about violence.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
BioMed Central, 2020
Keywords
Violence against women, Intimate partner violence, Public health, Gender equality, Policy, Healthcare services, Sweden, Governing, Healthcare law
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
gender studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-171239 (URN)10.1186/s12889-020-08766-7 (DOI)000537218700010 ()32448199 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-85085465654 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2015-00929
Available from: 2020-05-29 Created: 2020-05-29 Last updated: 2023-08-28Bibliographically approved
Carlsson, E., Carbin, M. & Nilsson, B. (2018). Från realism till post-sanning och tillbaka igen?: Nyhetsbransch, museer och högre utbildning mot fejkade nyheter och faktaresistens. Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift (1-2), 39-48
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Från realism till post-sanning och tillbaka igen?: Nyhetsbransch, museer och högre utbildning mot fejkade nyheter och faktaresistens
2018 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, no 1-2, p. 39-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

From realism to post truth? News, museums and higher education against fake news and fact resistance

Recently, the problem with fake news, fact resistance and the growing digital, global circulation of disinformation have caused debates and worries, and posed a challenge for several institutions of knowledge in society. In this article, we discuss how the news industry, museums and higher education confront the challenges of the ‘post truth’ era. We can see a mobilization by these institutions in Sweden: The news industry has initiated so-called fact checking sites, the major museums create exhibitions about false news and educate youth in digital literacy and many universities have launched initiatives to legitimize scientific knowledge production, thereby safeguarding professional authority. However, these initiatives are faced with dilemmas concerning how concepts of knowledge, truth and facts are negotiated and understood. This article discusses such epistemological issues in general, and focuses in particular on the risk of falling into the trap of so called neorigorism.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: , 2018
Keywords
fake news, fact resistance, post truth, neorigorism
National Category
Cultural Studies
Research subject
media and communication studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-155061 (URN)
Available from: 2019-01-07 Created: 2019-01-07 Last updated: 2019-01-14Bibliographically approved
Berg, L. & Carbin, M. (2018). Troubling solidarity: anti-racist protest in a digitalized time. Women's Studies Quarterly, 46(3-4), 120-136
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Troubling solidarity: anti-racist protest in a digitalized time
2018 (English)In: Women's Studies Quarterly, ISSN 0732-1562, E-ISSN 1934-1520, Vol. 46, no 3-4, p. 120-136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Racist hate crimes have increased in Sweden since 2006 when reports started, but they have also been followed by a variety of protests. This article analyzes the so-called #HijabUppropet (#HijabOutcry), a call initiated by Muslim feminist activists in response to a racist attack on a Muslim woman, which encouraged all "sisters" in Sweden to temporarily veil themselves in solidarity. The hijab outcry was widely heard and both celebrated and debated. Drawing on postcolonial feminist theory, this article shows how the initial protest against racism was partly reduced to a matter of being for or against the veil and the right to choose. Despite intentions to normalize the veil, the flow of comments and pictures on social media turned veils into examples of odd, exotic, and beautiful elements that enrich Swedish culture. The white secular subject was again reinstalled as the ideal and it seemed as though Muslim women could not pass as agents of Swedish feminist solidarity. Yet, at the same time, the debate in the aftermath of the hijab outcry had the effect of initiating an uneasy feeling of not belonging among white non-Muslim participators. This was a feeling that might affect future acts of solidarity—confronting a Swedish context of secular pride and whiteness—where Muslim women must struggle to be recognized as political subjects.

National Category
Cultural Studies Political Science Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-153609 (URN)10.1353/wsq.2018.0035 (DOI)2-s2.0-85064642416 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-11-23 Created: 2018-11-23 Last updated: 2023-03-24Bibliographically approved
Carbin, M., Overud, J. & Kvist, E. (2017). Feminism som lönearbete: om den svenska arbetslinjen och kvinnors frigörelse. Stockholm: Leopard förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feminism som lönearbete: om den svenska arbetslinjen och kvinnors frigörelse
2017 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Leopard förlag, 2017. p. 157
Keywords
arbete, feminism, arbetskritik
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
gender studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-136813 (URN)978-91-7343-648-9 (ISBN)
Projects
Kritiska studier av jämställdhet - att teoritisera politik och praktik
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2017-06-22 Created: 2017-06-22 Last updated: 2020-01-24Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0001-7878-4309

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