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  • 1.
    Aygören, Huriye
    et al.
    Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, ESOL (Entrepreneurship, Strategy, Organization, Leadership).
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work.
    "People Like Us": experiencing difference in the working life of immigrant women2013In: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, ISSN 2040-7149, E-ISSN 2040-7157, Vol. 32, no 6, p. 575-591Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Purpose - The main aim of this article is to research the lived experience of difference. In this article, we are interested in the field of working life in the context of entrepreneurship among Turkish women in Sweden.

    Design/methodology/approach - The article is based on the stories of two immigrant women entrepreneurs who reflect upon their experience of working life in the context of migration to Sweden. These two stories provide a ground for a discussion regarding the responding to and re-making of difference by individual subjects. Our analysis is grounded in discursive approaches to narratives, particularly in the positioning analysis.

    Findings - In our discussion, we focus on the field of work to discuss the changing conditions that affect and are affected by particular constructions of difference in a migration context. In this, we present how difference is experienced and put into use differently by the individuals, even under very similar descriptive categories of difference.

    Originality/value - This article contributes with an experiential account of difference. It favors the notion of lived experiences within the intersecting structures in the analysis of complex interactions between structures, agents, times and spaces. It demonstrates the importance of attending to spatial, temporal, structural and subjective dimensions of difference.

  • 2.
    Azong, Jecynta Amboh
    et al.
    University of Stirling, UK.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). University of Stirling, UK.
    Into a footnote: Unpaid care work and the Equality Budget in Scotland2017In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 24, no 3, p. 218-232Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses the visibility of unpaid care work in Scotland by examining the (non-)development of discourse on unpaid care work in economic policy documents. Drawing on the problem approach to policy analysis, the article engages with the Equality Budget Statements (EBS) as policy documents that not only inform the government’s spending plans but are foremost statements of values and norms pursued by the government. This critical reading reveals that certain discourses give different meanings to women’s lives through the political significance of what remains unproblematized as part of the ensuing care discourse in Scotland. The developing discourse on economic policy and equality suggests that equality in Scotland is presupposed on labour market participation. This shrinks discourse on unpaid care work; the problem of unpaid care work is silenced, while the problem of women’s access to employment is redefined to mean a problem of difference and costly childcare only. The way certain issues have or have not appeared in governmental documents is explanatory of the importance and relevance of unpaid care work to the political discourse.

  • 3.
    Blaakilde, Anne Leonora
    et al.
    Region Zealand.
    Wilinska, MonikaJönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).Mosberg Iversen, SaraUniversity of Southern Denmark.
    Special issue: Growing old with and via media. MedieKultur: Journal of media and communication research, 33(63)2017Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 4. Kantowicz, Ewa
    et al.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Social Pedagogy in Poland and Education for the Social Professions2009In: The Diversity of Social Pedagogy in Europe / [ed] Jacob Kronebeck & Niels Rosendal Jensen, Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag (EHV) , 2009, p. 64-81Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Krekula, Clary
    et al.
    Karlstad University, Karlstad, Sweden.
    Nikander, Pirjo
    University of Tampere, Tampere, Finland.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Multiple marginalizations based on age: Gendered ageism and beyond2018In: Contemporary perspectives on ageism / [ed] Liat Ayalon & Clemens Tesch-Römer, Cham: Springer Publishing Company, 2018, p. 33-50Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter offers a theoretical contribution to the discussions revolving around multiple marginalizations based on age. Our main focus is on gendered ageism, where vulnerability and marginalization is based on the interaction of age and gender, and its potential to highlight the processes and practices of marginalization. Based on the understanding of ageism as a socio-cultural practice involving privilege, subordination, and inequality, we rework existing conceptualizations of multiple marginalizations and of gendered ageism. The understanding of ageism as a form of doing enmeshed in interlocking power structures draws attention to the importance of socio-cultural context and the dynamics involved in the creation and reproduction of social reality, including social inequalities. This chapter draws on a wide range of existing studies to illustrate and explain this new approach. It concludes with an outline of an applicable research programme that yields novel ways of exploring multiple inequalities in later life and gendered ageism more specifically.

  • 6.
    Mosberg Iversen, Sara
    et al.
    University of Southern Denmark.
    Blaakilde, Anne Leonora
    Region Zealand.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Sandvik, Kjetil
    Growing old with and via media2017In: MedieKultur: Journal of Media and Communication Research, ISSN 0900-9671, E-ISSN 1901-9726, Vol. 33, no 63Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    What we understand at any given time as “old age” may seem to have a very straightforward and factual base. Yet, in the words of Simone de Beauvoir, “as far as our own species is concerned old age is by no means easy to define” (de Beauvoir, 1996, p. 9). Even the most positivist sciences have to admit that old age is a “a heterogeneous event that some individuals tolerate better than others” (Balcombe & Sinclair, 2001, p. 845). That is, “old age” as a biological and physiological phenomenon has many and variable causes that may become visible at differing points in individual lives. Moreover, the phenomenon of ageing cannot be explained by any one universal theory (Balcombe & Sinclair, 2001, pp. 845-846). What it means to be old in a particular society at any given time is, thus, a matter of social and cultural construction that may vary greatly from place to place and at different historical times (Hazan, 1994). 

  • 7.
    Robertson, Jane M.
    et al.
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    Bowes, Alison
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    Gibson, Grant
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    McCabe, Louise
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    Reynish, Emma L.
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    Rutherford, Alasdair C.
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping). School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    Spotlight on Scotland: Assets and opportunities for aging research in a shifting sociopolitical landscape2016In: The Gerontologist, ISSN 0016-9013, E-ISSN 1758-5341, Vol. 56, no 6, p. 979-989Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Scotland is a small nation, yet it leads the field in key areas of aging research. With the creation of a devolved government with authority over health and social services, the country has witnessed practice and policy developments that offer distinctive opportunities for innovative research. With multidisciplinary groups of internationally recognized researchers, Scotland is able to take advantage of a unique set of opportunities for aging research: a well-profiled population brings opportunities in population data and linkage to understand people’s interactions with health, social care, and other public services; while research on technology and telecare is a distinctive area where Scotland is recognized internationally for using technology to develop effective, high-quality and well-accepted services at relatively low financial cost. The paper also considers free personal care for older people and the national dementia strategy in Scotland. The potential to evaluate the impact of free personal care will provide valuable information for other global health and social care systems. Exploring the impact of the national dementia strategy is another unique area of research that can advance understanding in relation to quality of life and the development of services. The paper concludes that, while Scotland benefits from unique opportunities for progressive public policy and innovative aging research that will provide valuable lessons at the forefront of a globally aging population, the challenges associated with an aging population and increasing cultural diversity must be acknowledged and addressed to ensure that the vision of equality and social justice for all is realized.

  • 8.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK.
    An Older Person and New Media in Public Discourses: Impossible Encounters?2015In: Human Aspects of IT for the Aged Population. Design for Aging: First International Conference, ITAP 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015. Proceedings, Part I / [ed] Jia Zhou & Gavriel Salvendy, Cham: Springer, 2015, p. 405-413Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 9.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Living Conditions and Care of Older People. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Discourse of ageing in the Polish media: a critical discourse analysis of opinion weekly newsmagazines2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Elder care deconstructed- in search of models of elder care in Europe2007In: Development of Work and Welfare Reform in European Societies.: 2nd joint Doctoral Workshop (ESPAnet/RECWOWE), University of Hamburg, October 5-6, 2007, 2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 11.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Is there a place for an ageing subject? Stories of ageing at the University of the Third Age in Poland2012In: Sociology, ISSN 0038-0385, E-ISSN 1469-8684, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 290-305Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The University of the Third Age (U3A) is an organization widely recognized for its achievements in the field of adult education. However, little research to date has addressed the position of the U3A in the context of the societal discourse on ageing. The aim of this study was to examine stories of ageing told by the U3A in Poland and to place these stories within the contemporary discourse of ageing. The study sought to reflect on the role of the U3A in providing an environment that encourages the growth of an ageing subject. The results of this study indicate that rather than resisting ageist discourses, the U3A simply rejects the idea of old age. The U3A characterizes its members as exceptional people who have nothing in common with old people outside of the U3A. Therefore, the U3A plays only a minor role in changing the social circumstances of old people in Poland

  • 12.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Jaco Hoffman and Katrien Pype (eds.) (2016). Ageing in Sub-Saharan Africa. Spaces and Practices of Care. Bristol: Policy Press, 248 pp. ISBN 978 1 4473 2525 3 (hardback)2017In: International Journal of Ageing and Later Life, ISSN 1652-8670, E-ISSN 1652-8670Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 13.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work.
    Krytyczna Analiza Dyskursu w praktyce: ageism w polskich mediach2010In: Jakosciowe inspiracje w badaniach edukacyjnych  / [ed] H. Kedzierska, Olsztyn: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warminsko- Mazurskiego , 2010, p. 57-81Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 14.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work.
    Nierówności społeczne w perspektywie dyskursu- refelksja metodologiczna2014In: Jakosciowe inspiracje w badaniach edukacyjnych- refelksje na marginesie projektow badawczych / [ed] H. Kedzierska and H. Mizerek, Olsztyn: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Warminsko- Mazurskiego. , 2014, p. 59-74Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 15.
    Wilinska, Monika
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, UK.
    Shame on me ... emotions in the fieldwork on old age in Japan2014In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 13, no 5, p. 602-618Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 16.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Spaces of (non)ageing: A discoursive study of inequalities we live by2012Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This dissertation examines processes and practices that make certain social categories real in people’s lives. One of these categories is old age and old people. In contemporary societies that are inundated by images of youth, old age is under attack. Old age does not fit into the contemporary framework of idealised lifestyle and images of perfect people. Thus, the main question addressed in this dissertation concerns spaces of ageing, which are societal arenas in which people are expected and/or allowed to become old.

    This study investigates discourses of old age within the context of welfare. It describes actions, statements and attitudes related to old age within the context of the welfare state. This study is based on multiple data that include 121 opinion weekly news magazines articles, social policy observations, and two case studies of a non-governmental and a user-organisation. The method of analysis comprises two approaches to discourse: discourse analysis and analysis of discourses. The study adopts a perspective that highlights the contextual, emotional and unstable character of welfare states that undergo constant processes of change. It notes the process of people production based on instilling in them norms and principles that should govern their lives.

    The findings of the study illustrate the lack of spaces of ageing in the welfare state context. People are expected not to grow old, and old age remains a misunderstood phenomenon. Therefore, spaces of (non)ageing are invoked to elaborate on these processes. Spaces of (non)ageing  occur in various societal domains and show what is required to avoid becoming old. Spaces of (non)ageing frame the idea of old age as something terrifying and, in many cases, immoral.

    The findings of this study are discussed in relation to the processes and practices of inequality (re)production. The complexity and multiperspectivity of understanding such phenomena are taken into consideration. The study invites a perspective of ‘us’ from which to examine social inequalities, and ‘we’ who think and feel at the same time.  

    This dissertation is written from a perspective of knowledge, which is always plural, changing and fluid. Therefore, the results are discussed in terms of the production of some knowledges about the researched phenomenon but not as an exhaustive study. The final sections of the dissertation are devoted to a cross-study discussion of new ways of interpreting and describing the research material presented in four sub-studies. This discussion does not aim at obtaining better or more correct results; instead, it aims at presenting a different aspect of these results. It acknowledges different spatial and temporal locations and the ways in which these locations affect the production of knowledge.

  • 17.
    Wilinska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work.
    Welfare spaces of (non)ageing: a discourse perspective2013In: Studia Humanistyczne AGH, ISSN 1732-2189, Vol. 12, no 1, p. 25-39Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this paper is to articulate an approach for discursive research on welfare cultures of ageing that responds to the challenges facing contemporary research on old age and ageism. It is based on the assumption that to understand conditions under which people are ageing in different countries, various societal levels and actors need to be examined and their roles in setting the old age agenda need to be accounted for. Additionally this paper reflects upon the welfare spaces of ageing in Poland, spaces where people in Poland grow old and/or are allowed to do so. As a result, this paper indicates the lack of spaces of ageing in the welfare context in Poland. People are expected not to grow old; old age remains a misunderstood phenomenon. Contrary to the excessive knowledge against old age, there is considerable lack of knowledge/br old age. Therefore, spaces of non-ageing are invoked in order to elaborate on these processes. Spaces of non-ageing identify various societal domains and show what needs to be done in order not to grow old. Spaces of non-ageing repudiate the idea of old age as something terrifying and, on many occasions, immoral.

  • 18.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Stirling, Scotland, UK .
    Anbäcken, Els-Marie
    Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden .
    In Search of the Everyday Life of Older People in Japan: Reflections Based on Scholarly Literature2013In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, ISSN 0169-3816, E-ISSN 1573-0719, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 435-451Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Börjesson, Ulrika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
    Informal caregivers and the social quality of their lives: a macro level analysis of Germany, Sweden and United Kingdom2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 20.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Börjesson, Ulrika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
    Refugees - homelessness at the global level: A challenge for social work?2007Conference paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 21.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    Bülow, Pia
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT.
    “We are on air now”: the emotionality of video-recording in the institutional setting2017In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology, ISSN 1364-5579, E-ISSN 1464-5300, Vol. 20, no 4, p. 343-355Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article engages with the practice of video recording in social research. We draw on our research of institutional talk to explore the emotionality of video recording in the context of the studied situations. Drawing on insights from Collins’ theory of interaction rituals, we demonstrate a variety of situational moments in which different participants negotiate the presence of a video camera. Our analysis reveals the emotional aspects of negotiating and appropriating the presence of such technologies by all parties involved in the research process. We contribute to and extend the growing body of literature that discusses the meaning of technology for social research by emphasizing the emotionality of using video cameras in social and research practices.

  • 22.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Stirling University, Scotland, UK.
    Bülow, Pia H.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ADULT. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work.
    The right feeling – emotions in the work rehabilitation process2015Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper engages with the role of emotions in the work rehabilitation process within the context of status meetings in Sweden. The interactional analysis applied in this paper allows us to trace the process of constructing and negotiating emotions that emerge as the key to a successful meeting. Thanks to the use of video-recordings, we illustrate this process as involving talk and bodily actions. Our paper critically discusses the salient transition of the core concept of work rehabilitation- workability into a form of emotion-ability, which affects both professionals and clients and the way in which they may and wish to interact. We reveal the ways in which the idea of participation translated to everyday institutional practice becomes a drive to assure that meetings' participants ‘feel good' rather than fully engaging with the agenda at hand.

  • 23.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Living Conditions and Care of Older People.
    Cedersund, Elisabet
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
    Stay healthy, be active and work!: Motive analysis of policy proposals on old age2011In: Language, Discourse & Society, ISSN 2239-4192, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 54-78Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 24.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. ARN-J (Aging Research Network - Jönköping).
    de Hontheim, Astrid
    Université libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium.
    Anbäcken, Els-Marie
    Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden.
    Ageism in a cross-cultural perspective: Reflections from the research field2018In: Contemporary perspectives on ageism / [ed] Liat Ayalon & Clemens Tesch-Römer, Cham: Springer Publishing Company, 2018, p. 425-440Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this chapter, we discuss the opportunities and challenges of researching ageism from a cross-cultural perspective. We discuss the complexity of exploring diverse ageist practices as performed in different parts of the world. We also reflect upon the socio-cultural backgrounds through which researchers filter the experiences of fieldwork and research on various enactments of ageism. The key tenet of our argument is that these two dimensions interact during the fieldwork to create unique frameworks that researchers apply in their studies.

    We confront our experiences of researching ageism in Japan, Poland, Sweden, and West Papua to explore the notion that the socio-cultural context matters to the following aspects of ageism: diversity of ageist practices, societal images of later life, and the researchers’ socio-cultural understandings of ageism. We explore the position of researchers who, on the one hand, apply the privileged perspective of a stranger to their fieldwork, and on the other hand, are deeply embedded in their own socio-cultural background, which affects their way of approaching later life and ageism. We conclude with a notion of establishing a “sense of touch” within the field and a discussion recognizing the potential changes that such an approach can bring to the ways we study ageism worldwide.

  • 25.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Living Conditions and Care of Older People. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Henning, Cecilia
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Living Conditions and Care of Older People.
    Old age identity in social welfare practice2011In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 10, no 3, p. 346-363Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The main objective of this study was to examine the process of old age identity construction within a setting of social welfare work with old people. We sought to identify social welfare practices that construct and enforce certain old age identities. The empirical material analysed in this article is part of a study of a non-governmental organization in Poland. The method of analysis was inspired by nexus analysis, which analyses social actions through a historical and ethnographic perspective. The analysis focused on practices that produced, sustained and promoted particular old age identity. The results of this study show a complex process in which welfare professionals create the identities of preferred clients. The study shows that social welfare practice is often oriented toward imagined client identities that have little to do with real people.

  • 26.
    Wilinska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Zdanowicz-Kucharczyk, Kamila
    Social Pedagogy for Adult People with Physical Disabilities – from a Polish Perspective.2012In: Social Pedagogy for the entire lifespan: Volume II / [ed] J. Kornbeck & N.R. Jensen, Bremen: Europäischer Hochschulverlag GmbH & Co. KG. , 2012, p. 43-64Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Because Women Will Always be Women and Men are Just Getting Older: Intersecting Discourses of Ageing and Gender2010In: Current Sociology, ISSN 0011-3921, E-ISSN 1461-7064, Vol. 58, no 6, p. 879-896Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The aim of this article is to examine a meeting between discourses of gender and age at the macro-level, applying an intersectional research approach. The discussion of intersecting discourses is based on empirical material from Poland. It refers to the condition of social policy towards age and gender, in Poland, as well as the media discourse. The results of the study indicate that the intersection between discourses of age and gender involves discriminatory practices that result in an establishment of one-dimensional and pejorative subject positions. Two main subject positions of grandma and pensioner exemplify the main mechanism of a dynamic relationship between both discourses where the order implied by one discourse is strengthened at the expense of the other. The phenomenon of gendered age and aged gender reflects the key rule for understanding subject positions which pertain to categories of older women and older men.

  • 28.
    Wilińska, Monika
    Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology, School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, Stirling, United Kingdom.
    Proud to be a woman: Womanhood, old age, and emotions2016In: Journal of Women & Aging, ISSN 0895-2841, E-ISSN 1540-7322, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 334-345Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article takes its starting point in the discussions regarding intersecting discourses of gender and age and the lived experience of older women. The main objective is to discuss the experience of womanhood among older women and to demonstrate their active role in creating spaces for themselves and their friends and affecting each other. The study is based on narrative interviews with female members of the University of the Third Age (U3A). The main findings describe older women who actively engage with discourses of gender to embark on positive constructions of womanhood. They create their own spaces for women’s activism that are filled with positive emotions mobilized to support each other. This article discusses such findings and their relevance to the study of old age and gender. As a result, it serves as an invitation to think and feel differently about older women and their experience of womanhood.

  • 29.
    Wilińska, Monika
    et al.
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Ageing - living conditions and health.
    Cedersund, Elisabet
    Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
    "Classic ageism" or "brutal economy"?- Old age and older people in the Polish media2010In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 24, no 4, p. 335-343Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores media discourse of ageing, taking the example of Poland and relating it to a broader discussion of ageing policy. The discourse in news magazines appears both to reflect and create attitudes towards older people, which in turn has implications for ageing policy. To reveal the nature of these attitudes, we use a method of attitudinal positioning. The study analyzes articles that appeared in the four largest Polish weekly opinion news magazines, in the 2004–2007 period. Various domains in the discourse of ageing are identified, yet only the family and market domains seem to be described in exclusively positive terms: the authors discuss the implications of this for ageing policy.

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