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Isaksson, A., Börjesson, E., Andersson, C. & Ehrnberger, K. (2018). Att vara (norm)kritisk i samverkansprojekt. In: Martin Berg, Vaike Fors & Robert Willim (Ed.), Samverkansformer: Nya vägar för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap (pp. 153-173). Lund: Studentlitteratur AB
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2018 (Swedish)In: Samverkansformer: Nya vägar för humaniora och samhällsvetenskap / [ed] Martin Berg, Vaike Fors & Robert Willim, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018, p. 153-173Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2018
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36823 (URN)978-91-44-12138-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-24 Created: 2018-05-24 Last updated: 2018-05-29Bibliographically approved
Eriksson, H., Högdin, S. & Isaksson, A. (2018). Education and Career Choices: How the School Can Support Young People to Develop Knowledge and Decision-making Skills. Universal Journal of Educational Research, 6(9), 1900-1908
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Education and Career Choices: How the School Can Support Young People to Develop Knowledge and Decision-making Skills
2018 (English)In: Universal Journal of Educational Research, ISSN 2332-3205, E-ISSN 2332-3213, Vol. 6, no 9, p. 1900-1908Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Contemporary society is characterized by rapid changes in the labor market, increased flow of information, and more opportunities to make choices in relation to education and career. Previous research has demonstrated how many young people in school don't think they get the support they need to make such choices. The overall aim of this article is to contribute to more in-depth knowledge of what kind of support and knowledge young adults describe as important in order to be able to make informed choices. This knowledge might help school to better support young people in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attitudes in relation to their education and career choices. The article is based on interviews with 25-year-old men and women. 23 interviews were conducted. In sum, the analysis indicates that guidance activities that aims to contribute to knowledge about the labor market, programs and courses and requirements for different education programs would probably be perceived as more fruitful by the young adults if they are organized in a combination of different levels, i.e. both as group activities (exhibitions, general information/discussion) and individual activities (personal information/discussion). Further, the authors demonstrate that roles and expectations between pupils, teachers and guidance counselors should be discussed and clarified.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Alhambra, CA: Horizon Research Publishing, 2018
Keywords
Education and Career Choice, School, Guidance Counselors, Counseling, Teachers
National Category
Learning
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37886 (URN)
Note

Funding: Municipality of Falkenberg, Region Halland, and the County Administrative board in Halland, Sweden.

Available from: 2018-09-04 Created: 2018-09-04 Last updated: 2018-09-04Bibliographically approved
Andersson, C., Mazé, R., Isaksson, A., Börjesson, E. & Ehrnberger, K. (2017). Materializing “Ruling Relations”: A Case of Gender, Power and Elder Care in Sweden. In: : . Paper presented at Nordes 2017: DESIGN+POWER, 17th Nordic Design Research Conference Oslo, Norway, 15-17 June, 2017. Århus: Nordic Design Research
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper reflects upon our critical (feminist) design research approach developed in response to the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova)’s innovation program on equality. As a pilot of the program, the subject of our research is equality within elder care work, a female-dominated employment sector with particular gender and power dynamics. We have responded to this program and sector by rethinking our research methodologies and critical design research method. Inspired by institutional ethnography and the concept of ‘ruling relations’, our research approach involves critical design to materialize structural inequalities manifested within the everyday micro-practices of care work. Stories and sketches (as ‘material theses’) were generated through qualitative fieldwork involving ‘research through design’ processes to observe, document, explore, interpret, discuss and communicate gendered practices of elder care. Three themes emerged along the way, which articulate ruling relations revealed within elder care work. This research case is reported here along with reflections about the potentials of critical design as a (feminist) research approach capable of more critically interrogating power and positionality within design and innovation. From our perspective, equality as a policy and subject of research – including design research – calls for critical (and feminist) theoretical and methodological development. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Århus: Nordic Design Research, 2017
Series
Nordic Design Research Conference (NORDES), E-ISSN 1604-9705 ; 7
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35732 (URN)
Conference
Nordes 2017: DESIGN+POWER, 17th Nordic Design Research Conference Oslo, Norway, 15-17 June, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2018-02-06Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, A., Börjesson, E., Gunn, M., Andersson, C. & Ehrnberger, K. (2017). Norm Critical Design and Ethnography: Possibilities, Objectives and Stakeholders. Sociological research online, 22(4), 232-252
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2017 (English)In: Sociological research online, ISSN 1360-7804, E-ISSN 1360-7804, Vol. 22, no 4, p. 232-252Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this article is to describe the potential of combining norm critical design and ethnography in a collaborative project seeking to promote social change. In doing so the article will contribute with new perspectives on how design and ethnography can be practised in a joint effort between researchers and organisations. The article examines the following research questions: How can norm critical design and ethnography be used in a collaborative project seeking to promote change towards gender equality in an organisation? What distinguishes a norm critical design approach from other approaches using design and ethnography for intervention and social change? By taking their point of departure in a collaborative project with the Swedish fire and rescue service the authors demonstrate how a norm critical perspective on design in combination with ethnography provides a pedagogical tool for different stakeholders seeking to promote change in organisations. Even though a norm critical design approach like this shares the same interest in social change as more conventional ethnography and design projects do, there are some crucial and interesting differences when it comes to objectives and the collection of stakeholders that will be explored in this article. © The Author(s) 2017

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage Publications, 2017
Keywords
collaboration, design, ethnography, gender equality, norm critical design, stakeholders
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35733 (URN)10.1177/1360780417743168 (DOI)
Funder
VINNOVA
Available from: 2017-12-04 Created: 2017-12-04 Last updated: 2018-01-19Bibliographically approved
Norell Pejner, M., Lundström, J., Ourique de Morais, W., Laurell, H., Isaksson, A., Stranne, F. & Skärsäter, I. (2017). Smart medication organizer – one way to promote self-management and safety in drug administration in elderly people. In: : . Paper presented at Medicinteknikdagarna 2017, Västerås, Sweden, 10-11 October, 2017.
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2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Medical Engineering Other Medical Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35738 (URN)
Conference
Medicinteknikdagarna 2017, Västerås, Sweden, 10-11 October, 2017
Available from: 2017-12-05 Created: 2017-12-05 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, A. (2016). Design as a tool for norm-critical teaching and learning. In: 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, 12-14 September, Paris 2016: Book of abstracts. Paper presented at 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, 12-14 September 2016, Paris, France (pp. 63-63).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design as a tool for norm-critical teaching and learning
2016 (English)In: 9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, 12-14 September, Paris 2016: Book of abstracts, 2016, p. 63-63Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this presentation is to discuss the significance of including norm-critical design concepts in the teaching of gender in social sciences and the humanities. During 2013-2015 the research project “Origo –design as agent for gender-sensitive work for change and innovation” was carried out. The aim of the project was to scientifically test and analyse a new method for working with gender equality in organisations. The method combines gender theory and norm-critical design and is used as a tool to visualise and challenge norms, prejudices and notions concerning women and men. Two different contexts were the subject of Origo – the male-dominated firefighting profession and the area of health technology. Several design concepts related to obstacles for and norms and assumptions about women and men about women and men in these contexts were developed. These design concepts were presented to the organisations but also used in the teaching of gender issues in social sciences and the humanities at Halmstad University, Sweden. Interviews were subsequently conducted with ten students. The interviews focused on how the students interpret the norm-critical design concepts, how they experience this kind of teaching and how the concepts might influence their notions of gender issues and theory. Theories on gender, learning and critical design were then used to interpret the interviews. The analysis shows how the design concepts raise questions of power, needs and gendered experiences. Furthermore, the concepts do this to a greater extent than more conventional ways of conveying knowledge about gender (such as reports, academic texts, statistics and PowerPoint presentations). Physical objects are perceived of as making gender issues more tangible.

National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32020 (URN)
Conference
9th European Conference on Gender Equality in Higher Education, 12-14 September 2016, Paris, France
Available from: 2016-09-15 Created: 2016-09-15 Last updated: 2016-09-16Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, A. (2016). Design, Critique and Creativity – Exploring norms and constructions of masculinity in the fire and rescue service. In: Association for Cultural Studies, Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference 14-17th December, 2016: . Paper presented at 11th Association for Cultural Studies: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, 14-17th December, 2016, Sydney, Australia (pp. 235-235).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design, Critique and Creativity – Exploring norms and constructions of masculinity in the fire and rescue service
2016 (English)In: Association for Cultural Studies, Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference 14-17th December, 2016, 2016, p. 235-235Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on a study of the Swedish re and rescue service where norm critical design has been used to make constraining (gender) norms visible. The norm critical design concepts problematize notions regarding physical strength, bodies and sexuality within the re and rescue service and question the binary construction of women and men. They are questioning the habitual ways of doing and thinking of gender but at the same time they are norm creative as they involve rethinking and opening up for alternative solutions and ways of to relate to a phenomenon. This paper is just about how research through design interventions can be both critical and creative. 

National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32854 (URN)
Conference
11th Association for Cultural Studies: Crossroads in Cultural Studies Conference, 14-17th December, 2016, Sydney, Australia
Available from: 2016-12-29 Created: 2016-12-29 Last updated: 2018-03-23Bibliographically approved
Högdin, S., Eriksson, H., Isaksson, A. & Urbas, A. (2016). Strategies to strengthen outlook of life among young people: A case study in a Swedish municipality. In: SWSD 2016: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016. Paper presented at The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD), Seoul, Korea, 27-30 June, 2016.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategies to strengthen outlook of life among young people: A case study in a Swedish municipality
2016 (English)In: SWSD 2016: Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2016, 2016Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a continuous increase in mental health problems, such as stress symptoms, among young people in the Nordic countries. One source of stress concerns young people’s outlook of life in general, and more specific the choice of education and future carrier. Previous studies show that high education has positive impact on a person’s health, but also on regional development. The research project is based on a case study in a Swedish municipality with low educational level. The aim of the study is to explore and understand the low education among the citizens. The study starts in young person’s perspective on their future. Further, how adults in home, school and the neighborhood, influence the young person’s educational and carrier choices. The analyses of the results are based on theories on gender and cultural/social capital. The empirical material consists of surveys and interview studies with young people, teachers and guidance counsellors. The results show that young people often feel unsure of their future chooses and often ask for more support from adults regarding their future education. Several students find it stressful to manage their career choices, particularly if their parents do not have sufficient knowledge to support them in such matters. Teachers and guidance counselors describe a lack of strategies to support and addressing issues of education and future work, but also how they should be passive in relation to influencing the students. In conclusion, the results show the importance, when it comes to social work and social development practices on preventing mental health problems among young people, to develop strategies for working with young person’s educational and carrier choices. In this project some strategies have been identified, on local political and school level, to strengthen outlook of life among young people.

Keywords
Youth, School, Education, Career paths, Career guidance
National Category
Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31774 (URN)
Conference
The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD), Seoul, Korea, 27-30 June, 2016
Projects
Strategier för höjd utbildningsnivå
Available from: 2016-08-15 Created: 2016-08-15 Last updated: 2016-08-15Bibliographically approved
Isaksson, A., Eriksson, H. & Högdin, S. (2016). The consequences of individualization for boys in the Swedish school system. In: : . Paper presented at Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS), YOUTH MOVES - Voices - Spaces - Subjectivites, 15–17 June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The consequences of individualization for boys in the Swedish school system
2016 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this presentation/working paper is to contribute to the knowledge about why young men generally are less likely to study at the university than young women. Previous studies and reports have pointed out a number of explanations for that. Young men’s reluctance to go on to higher education, as well as boys’ relatively low grades in primary and secondary schools, has been explained with reference to gender theoretical arguments about constraining constructions of masculinity. Several gender-oriented studies show that it is not considered compatible with certain types of masculinity constructions to make an e ort in school and show an interest in further studies. A term used to explain the boys’ poor performance in school and lack of interest in higher studies is antiplugg kultur (cf. eg Nordberg 2008 SOU 2009: 64). is presentation/working paper aims to challenge these explanations and expand the understanding of why young men tend to not to see higher education as an option. e empirical data consists of extensive quanti- tative and qualitative studies in a western Swedish municipality during 2011-2014. e point of departure is primarily in the young men’s own stories about teaching in primary and secondary school and their perceptions of their interactions with teachers, study and career counsellors and others. e interplay between and consequences of contemporary constructions of masculinity (Connell, 1995-2003), and the individualisation of society (Giddens 1991; Beck 1992), which is reflected in the teachers and study and career counsellors practitioners, are the main theoretical elements to interpret the empirical material.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31200 (URN)
Conference
Nordic Youth Research Symposium (NYRIS), YOUTH MOVES - Voices - Spaces - Subjectivites, 15–17 June 2016, Trollhättan, Sweden
Available from: 2016-06-15 Created: 2016-06-15 Last updated: 2016-07-01Bibliographically approved
Börjesson, E., Isaksson, A., Ilstedt, S. & Ehrnberger, K. (2016). Visualizing Gender – Norm-critical Design and Innovation. In: Gry Agnete Alsos, Ulla Hytti and Elisabet Ljunggren (Ed.), Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation: (pp. 252-273). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Visualizing Gender – Norm-critical Design and Innovation
2016 (English)In: Research Handbook on Gender and Innovation / [ed] Gry Agnete Alsos, Ulla Hytti and Elisabet Ljunggren, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016, p. 252-273Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Innovation is seen as one of the main engines of economic growth. It is generally assumed to be gender neutral when, in fact, the gendered construction of innovation has been traditionally masculine. This Handbook explores the nexus between innovation and gender by providing a wide range of studies from different analytical and methodological perspectives and from various regional and industry contexts and draws implications for a gender-inclusive innovation policy. The multidisciplinary group of contributors discuss topics such as gender and innovation in new and small businesses, and growth businesses; addressing innovation in different organizational contexts ranging from public sector health care to mining and forestry; researching gender in innovation policy and in design and materiality.This Handbook will be useful to researchers looking to understand parallels between research on gender and innovation on one hand, and research on gender and entrepreneurship or management on the other. It will also be invaluable to students looking for an overview of research in both areas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016
Keywords
gender, innovation, norm critical design
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32136 (URN)10.4337/9781783478132 (DOI)2-s2.0-85016361642 (Scopus ID)978-1-78347-811-8 (ISBN)978-1-78347-813-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04 Last updated: 2018-08-27Bibliographically approved
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