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Guiding migrant parents in Nordic welfare states. Cases from Norway and Sweden
Akershus University Hospital, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7770-002X
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. (Centre for Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0641-7096
Fafo research institute, Norway.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7552-4517
2020 (English)In: Family life in transition: Borders, transnational mobility , and welfare society in Nordic countries / [ed] Hiitola, Johanna; Turtiainen, Kati; Gruber, Sabine and Tiilikainen, Marja, London: Routledge, 2020, p. 23-35Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter addresses the legitimacy of public authorities to interfere in parenting when migrant parents are framed as a target group. The empirical data consist of three parenting programs developed and implemented in Norway and Sweden, specially designed to address migrant parents. The text analysis departs from three questions: Why migrant families are targeted? What kind of transition the programs promote? How are these transitions expected to be achieved? Based on the results from the text analysis we discuss how authorities guide but also govern through these programs. The defining of the target group and their needs, as well as addressing the parents can be understood as epistemic governance, a governance aimed for affecting other’s views of reality, their conceptions, aspirations, motivations and in the end practices. A conclusion is that the friendly bridging and mutual approaches used by the three parenting programs are elusive. The possible problem of oppression and racialisation is immanent in the programs and embedded in a theoretical framework about modernity that supports taken for granted standpoints about cultural differences (as better or worse). This makes it difficult for the participating parents to discuss on what premises they are selected as a target group.

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London: Routledge, 2020. p. 23-35
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Routledge studies in family sociology
Keywords [en]
parenting program, social work, welfare state, migrant parents, epistemic governance
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Other Social Sciences Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-92058DOI: 10.4324/9780429024832ISBN: 9780429024832 (electronic)ISBN: 9780367111014 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-92058DiVA, id: diva2:1392975
Available from: 2020-02-14 Created: 2020-02-14 Last updated: 2020-03-11Bibliographically approved

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