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Lauri, J. & Berg, L. (2024). Finansiell feminism?: Jämställdhet & ekonomi i självhjälpsformat. Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, 33, Article ID 14582.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Finansiell feminism?: Jämställdhet & ekonomi i självhjälpsformat
2024 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 33, article id 14582Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In a contemporary popular cultural Swedish context, gender equality and economic equality seem to be increasingly formulated in financial terms, through narratives centered around succeeding on the stock market, owning assets or practicing venture capitalism. In this context, self-help books in financial speculation targeting women are marketed with a gender equality narrative. In this article, we focus on how values of feminism, gender equality and economy are shaped and maintained by such books. By effectively hiding power relationships and presenting financial freedom as an attainable goal for everyone and through a condensed narrative of happiness and balance in the future, we read the fantasy of financial freedom as cruel optimism through Lauren Berlant's perspective. The fantasy of financial freedom also produces a feminist subject who, with her investments, both can and should maintain control over her own life and her family as well as navigate around the vulnerabilities of life. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Föreningen Kulturella Perspektiv, 2024
National Category
Gender Studies Ethnology
Research subject
gender studies; Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214216 (URN)10.54807/kp.v35.14582 (DOI)
Available from: 2024-02-29 Created: 2024-02-29 Last updated: 2024-03-01Bibliographically approved
Bäckström, H. & Berg, L. (2024). Plats att mötas och växa: en kvalitativ studie av öppna mötesplatser i Umeå kommun. Umeå: Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plats att mötas och växa: en kvalitativ studie av öppna mötesplatser i Umeå kommun
2024 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

I Umeå kommun finns ett flertal öppna mötesplatser; träffpunkter där människor kan umgås, hålla möten, skapa och uppleva kultur, idrotta, lära sig saker etcetera. I denna rapport presenteras tre av dessa verksamheter: Ersboda Folkets Hus, Kulturhuset Klossen och Mötesplats Stöcke, som alla drivs av civilsamhällesorganisationer. Följande studie baseras primärt på intervjuer med verksamma från mötesplatserna, med syfte att undersöka betydelser för användare, närområdet och för Umeå kommun, vilken roll organisationerna förväntas spela samt vilka förutsättningar de har för att verka. 

Mötesplatserna beskrivs som mycket viktiga ur flera perspektiv. De bidrar till att främja lokal sammanhållning och en positiv bild av stadsdelen och de ger människor tillgång till samlingslokaler som annars skulle sakna det. Medan kärnverksamheterna kan sägas handla om kultur, nöje, bildning och fysisk aktivitet, så fyller mötesplatserna också viktiga sociala funktioner för många målgrupper. De bidrar till att motverka ensamhet och psykisk ohälsa för den enskilde, och de utgör centrala forum för individuell utveckling och lärande, inte minst för barn och unga. Som lokalt förankrade öppna verksamheter beskrivs mötesplatserna ha en unik potential att främja social hållbarhet i både närområdet och Umeå i stort. 

Deltagarna lyfter också ett antal utmaningar. Mötesplatserna måste finna en balans mellan öppenhet och trygghet, så att alla besökare känner sig välkomna och trygga i miljön. Det inkluderar en balansgång mellan planering och spontanitet. Deltagarna lyfter att vissa målgrupper behöver mycket låga trösklar, medan andra behöver förväntningar och att aktivt få delta i utformandet av verksamheten. Långsiktig ekonomisk hållbarhet beskrivs vidare som en utmaning för alla organisationer. De erhåller alla olika typer av ekonomiskt stöd från offentliga aktörer, men detta stöd är oftast villkorat och tidsbegränsat och räcker sällan till för vad organisationerna skulle vilja och behöver göra på sikt. Alternativa inkomstkällor är främst viss kommersiell verksamhet respektive sponsring från företag eller privatpersoner. För att fortsätta vara just öppna mötesplatser, till nytta för närområdet, är det dock viktigt att denna typ av finansiering inte gör huset mindre tillgängligt för vissa grupper. 

Vi vill avslutningsvis betona betydelsen av mötesplatsernas medborgardrivna karaktär. Företrädare från alla verksamheter menar att de skulle kunna bedriva ännu mer social verksamhet, särskilt för barn och unga, om de hade ekonomiska förutsättningar. I det fall mötesplatsernas sociala dimensioner ska utvecklas, vill vi dock framhålla vikten av inte betrakta dem som renodlade serviceproducenter som ska leverera något till de boende. Det är viktigt att värna om mötesplatsernas mervärde och särskilda förtroende, som framstår som nära knutet till deras gräsrotsbaserade verksamhet. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2024. p. 57
Keywords
Öppna mötesplatser, Umeå kommun, Civilsamhälle, Medborgardriven
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
gender studies; Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-221703 (URN)978-91-8070-328-4 (ISBN)978-91-8070-329-1 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council Formas, 2021-010601
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Available from: 2024-03-11 Created: 2024-03-11 Last updated: 2024-03-12Bibliographically approved
Berg, L. (Ed.). (2023). Feminist ethnographies: methodological reflections in gender research. Umeå: Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Feminist ethnographies: methodological reflections in gender research
2023 (English)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Can there really be a feminist ethnography?

The question was asked decades ago, and we need to return to it. Feminist ethnographic ideals about trust, collaboration and exchange of knowledge are important but not necessarily easy. 

The following book is the result of discussions about reflexivity, ethics, and subject positions in ethnographic work within interdisciplinary gender studies. What do positionality and ethical considerations mean in our ethnographic work today? In this anthology nine researchers, from six disciplines, explore this area anchored in their ongoing research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2023. p. 143
Keywords
Feminist ethnography, Methodological Reflexivity, Research Ethics, Ethnography, Graduate Studies, Gender Studies, Feministisk etnografi, Metodologisk reflexivitet, Forskningsetik, Avhandlingsprojekt, Etnografi
National Category
Other Humanities Gender Studies
Research subject
gender studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-211462 (URN)978-91-8070-116-7 (ISBN)978-91-8070-117-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2023-09-19 Created: 2023-09-19 Last updated: 2023-09-20Bibliographically approved
Berg, L. & Linander, I. (2023). Hypogonadism: Diagnosis, Masculinity, and Capital in Narratives about Testosterone deficiency. Norma, 18(1), 5-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Hypogonadism: Diagnosis, Masculinity, and Capital in Narratives about Testosterone deficiency
2023 (English)In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 5-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

For centuries, male hypogonadism has been defined as a clinical syndrome caused by the inability to produce physiological concentrations of testosterone and/or normal amount of sperm. In 2020, an information campaign started in Sweden with the ambition of increasing knowledge about hypogonadism and (lack of) testosterone, targeting both men and healthcare providers. In this study, we take a closer look at media discussions in Sweden on hypogonadism over the period 2018–2021. Through feminist thinking on biomedicalisation, we analyse the media material about the phenomena and issues being raised regarding masculinity, age and health in contemporary neoliberal and biocapital times. For some people, hypogonadism is a severe condition, but we can also see that the diagnosis becomes a response to a wide range of symptoms, expanding the realm for diagnostic practices and tying into normative ideas about age, time and lacking or fading masculinity. The media narratives about hypogonadism not only reflect cultural norms regarding masculinity and the plasticity of diagnoses but also create desires, needs and markets.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2023
Keywords
Hypogonadism, testosterone, masculinity, biomedicalisation, biocapital
National Category
Gender Studies Ethnology Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
gender studies; Public health; Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-199409 (URN)10.1080/18902138.2022.2121534 (DOI)000854778700001 ()2-s2.0-85138176480 (Scopus ID)
Projects
2020-01220/Vetenskapsrådet/Det är hormonerna. Kvinnor i transition genom berättelser om hormoner.
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2020-01220Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2019:00355
Available from: 2022-09-15 Created: 2022-09-15 Last updated: 2023-07-13Bibliographically approved
Alm, E. & Berg, L. (2023). Parenting the nation: state violence and reproduction in Nicaragua and Sweden. In: Diana Mulinari; Marta Kolankiewicz; Rebecca Selberg (Ed.), Struggles for reproductive justice in the era of anti-genderism and religious fundamentalism: (pp. 213-240). London: Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Parenting the nation: state violence and reproduction in Nicaragua and Sweden
2023 (English)In: Struggles for reproductive justice in the era of anti-genderism and religious fundamentalism / [ed] Diana Mulinari; Marta Kolankiewicz; Rebecca Selberg, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023, p. 213-240Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Reproduction is a core question for the state, a site of struggle between the reproduction of the nation and the reproduction of liveable lives, especially for those citizens whose rights are rarely recognized in the first place. What role does the exceptionalisation of reproductive rights play in the reproduction of the nation-state? Nicaragua and Sweden are countries where debates about reproductive justice highlight tensions in the projection of a state that cares for its citizens. Nicaragua, the second-poorest country in the Western hemisphere with one of the most repressive and punitive legislations on abortion in the world. Sweden with its reputation as a pioneering nation in matters of gender equality and reproductive justice. This chapter draws on a particular formulation of the centrality of the state in theories and practices of reproductive justice: the notion of the state as a parent with a particular responsibility to protect and foster, but also discipline and subjugate, its citizens. Political leaders, Fathers and Mothers of the Nation, form the discourse within which the state regulates its imagined children’s, the citizens, reproductive rights. As such the governance of reproduction is a vital aspect of the political fantasy about the nation-state and its futuriority.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2023
Keywords
state violence, reproduction, Sweden, Nicaragua, necropolitics, citizenship
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Ethnology; gender studies; History Of Sciences and Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201834 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-31260-1_10 (DOI)2-s2.0-85169524704 (Scopus ID)978-3-031-31259-5 (ISBN)978-3-031-31262-5 (ISBN)978-3-031-31260-1 (ISBN)
Available from: 2023-07-08 Created: 2023-07-08 Last updated: 2023-09-18Bibliographically approved
Berg, L. (2023). Reflexive ethnography in gender research. In: Linda Berg (Ed.), Feminist ethnographies: methodological reflections in gender research (pp. 10-23). Umeå: Umeå University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reflexive ethnography in gender research
2023 (English)In: Feminist ethnographies: methodological reflections in gender research / [ed] Linda Berg, Umeå: Umeå University , 2023, p. 10-23Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå University, 2023
Keywords
Feminist ethnography, Methodological Reflexivity, Research Ethics, Ethnography, Graduate Studies, Gender Studies
National Category
Ethnology Gender Studies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Social Anthropology
Research subject
Ethnology; gender studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-214218 (URN)978-91-8070-116-7 (ISBN)978-91-8070-117-4 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2023-09-19 Created: 2023-09-19 Last updated: 2023-09-20Bibliographically approved
Berg, L. & Bäckström, H. (2023). Solidaritet i samexistens: om ett begrepp värt att värna. In: Lena Martinsson; Diana Mulinari (Ed.), Feminism och konvivialitet: samexistens, oenighet, hopp (pp. 25-35). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Solidaritet i samexistens: om ett begrepp värt att värna
2023 (Swedish)In: Feminism och konvivialitet: samexistens, oenighet, hopp / [ed] Lena Martinsson; Diana Mulinari, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2023, p. 25-35Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

I följande kapitel står termen solidaritet i centrum för vår undersökning. Solidaritet är ett begrepp som ofta uppfattas som entydigt positivt, men det kan användas på många olika sätt. Det används av enskilda personer, av olika grupper och det kan få olika konsekvenser. Vi har tidigare studerat olika rörelser och grupper som använder sig av det och slagits av den bredd av betydelser som termen tillskrivs. I en samtid när ordet har blivit populärt att använda inom politiken och i vardagligt tal, ser vi det som angeläget att uppmärksamma risker med ett oreflekterat bruk och manar till att se solidaritet som ett begrepp att värna och omsätta i praktik. I antologin utgör denna del således ett bidrag till hur vi som forskare kan stanna upp och reda i till synes självklara ord. I kapitlet diskuterar vi därför dess mångtydiga innebörd i relation till bokens röda tråd: konvivialitet, att leva tillsammans. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2023
National Category
Ethnology Gender Studies Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
gender studies; Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201830 (URN)9789151108735 (ISBN)
Available from: 2022-12-20 Created: 2022-12-20 Last updated: 2023-02-23Bibliographically approved
Berg, L. (2023). What's the Fuss?: In search for the inscrutable andropause in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S); Sea, Sky, and Land: Engaging in Solidarity in Endangered Ecologies, Honolulu, USA, November 8-11, 2023.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What's the Fuss?: In search for the inscrutable andropause in Sweden
2023 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In 2002, in the Swedish Medical National Assembly, the question of whether there is something that can be medically defined as a male menopause and how the hormonal transition should be perceived regarding men's bodies was dealt with. The term andropause, investigated and discussed early by urologists during the 1940s has parallels to menopause and is used to describe a period characterized by reduced physical and sexual ability. 

Twenty years after the Medical Assembly an expert group for endocrine diseases in Stockholm presented results which showed that more men are worried about testosterone levels and the prescription of testosterone has increased in recent years, despite the lack of studies showing the benefit of treatment in many male patients. Together, studies from 1940s up to contemporary time reflect what STS-professor Nelly Oudshoorn (1994) has emphasised, that biomedical discourses change as part of technical medical development and shift in response to changes in society. When reading through medical articles there is not much disagreement regarding general biological changes in men's bodies. So why is it important to investigate and debate the existence of andropause, and how can we understand the affective reactions today? The following paper take as a starting point ethnographic work and media material on andropause in a Swedish context. Through feminist thinking on biomedicalisation, the material about the phenomena is being analysed and issues being raised regarding masculinity, age and health in contemporary neoliberal and biocapital times.

Keywords
Andropause, Hormones, Testosterone
National Category
Gender Studies Ethnology
Research subject
gender studies; Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-216473 (URN)
Conference
Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S); Sea, Sky, and Land: Engaging in Solidarity in Endangered Ecologies, Honolulu, USA, November 8-11, 2023
Projects
2020-01220/Vetenskapsrådet/Det är hormonerna. Kvinnor i transition genom berättelser om hormoner
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2020-01220
Available from: 2023-11-13 Created: 2023-11-13 Last updated: 2023-11-14Bibliographically approved
Berg, L., Lundgren, A. S. & Jönsson, M. (2022). Balansreceptet: konsten att hantera hormoner i självhjälpslitteraturens hormonberättelser: [The Balance Recipe: The Art of Managing Menopause in Self-help Literature's Hormone stories]. Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, 34(2), 11-26
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Balansreceptet: konsten att hantera hormoner i självhjälpslitteraturens hormonberättelser: [The Balance Recipe: The Art of Managing Menopause in Self-help Literature's Hormone stories]
2022 (Swedish)In: Kvinder, Køn og Forskning, ISSN 0907-6182, E-ISSN 2245-6937, Vol. 34, no 2, p. 11-26Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The balance recipe: the art of managing menopause in the hormone stories of self-help literature 

In recent years, menopause as a phase of transformation has received great media attention in a Swedish context. It is then not only specifically concerning the time when menstruation ceases – but about a longer period of time when female bodies undergo an adjustment with a focus on hormonal changes. In books such as Hormonstark (Hormone strong) (2020), Perimenopower (2018) and Livet med klimakteriet (Life with Menopause) (2020), the stressed reader in the middle of the career receives knowledge, tips, ideas and inspiring stories about how to deal with the fluctuating hormones that are said to affect the body during menopause. In this article, we start from these books with a poststructuralist feminist perspective on narratives and body control on the hormone stories of self-help literature. The aim is to explore how the literature represents women's menopause and hormonal bodies in a broader sense, and how women are encouraged to act in relation to this. The results show that hormone narratives may have feminist potential, but that they primarily make menopause an individual rather than structural matter. Further, they also reveal a close resemblance between the hormonal narratives and a biocapitalist contemporary, with an aging female body as a lucrative threat.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Copenhagen: Københavns Universitet, 2022
Keywords
hormone narratives, self-help, menopause, body control, biocapitalism , hormonberättelser, självhjälp, klimakteriet, kroppskontroll, biokapitalism
National Category
Gender Studies Ethnology General Literature Studies
Research subject
gender studies; Ethnology; Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-201833 (URN)10.7146/kkf.v34i1.129048 (DOI)2-s2.0-85166197401 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2020-01220
Available from: 2023-02-15 Created: 2023-02-15 Last updated: 2023-08-15Bibliographically approved
Martinsson, L., Berg, L. & Mulinari, D. (2022). Conviviality, Pluralistic struggles and scholarships of hope. In: Book of abstracts: . Paper presented at G22: den femte nationella konferensen för genusforskning i Sverige, Karlstad, Sverige, 26-28 oktober, 2022. Karlstad: Karlstads universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Conviviality, Pluralistic struggles and scholarships of hope
2022 (English)In: Book of abstracts, Karlstad: Karlstads universitet , 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this round table talk is to discuss the importance of pluralistic and convivial political activism and epistemologies. As a research group we will focus on the outcomes of our joint project The Future of genders and sexualities and a forthcoming book on conviviality. Firstly, we will give examples on how politics is being made in a pluralistic sense and explore how these political struggles are challenging and transforming gender, sexuality, and coloniality locally, nationally and transnationally. As researchers located in Sweden, a nation often cited as gender-equal, anti-racist and LGBTQ-tolerant nations, we will highlight our investigations of political processes, decolonial struggles, and events beyond, nearby, and in between organizations, states, and national territories. We will also highlight examples from research in some other parts of the world that may provide perspectives on struggle locally, nationally and transnationally. Secondly, we will discuss how these different political struggles produce different alternative or counter narratives about possible futures beyond the hegemonic one. Finally, and in connection to the two first topics, we will discuss how and why an emerging conviviality not only is an important focus for research today but also a growing political strategy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2022
National Category
Gender Studies Ethnology Sociology
Research subject
gender studies; Ethnology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-202105 (URN)
Conference
G22: den femte nationella konferensen för genusforskning i Sverige, Karlstad, Sverige, 26-28 oktober, 2022
Available from: 2023-01-02 Created: 2023-01-02 Last updated: 2023-01-02Bibliographically approved
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