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Mothering for discipline and educational success: Welfare-reliant immigrant women talk about motherhood in Sweden
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. SALVE (Social challenges, Actors, Living conditions, reseach VEnue). Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Social Work.
2016 (English)In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 54, p. 29-37Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study is based on 16 immigrant welfare-reliant women's discourses on motherhood in five focus groups. The women connect their mothering strategies for promoting discipline and their children's educational success with living on scarce finances: welfare dependence, children's education, and discipline are intertwined and recurrent themes that the interviews prompted. A dominant argument is that discipline diminishes the risk of school failure and deviant behaviour. Educational success is imperative for the children's chances to obtain employment and self-provision as adults; deviant behaviour must be stifled to avoid criminal activities, school failure, and future welfare dependence. The women argue that Swedish society obstructs their mothering through lax discipline in school, a disregard for parental authority, and restrictive welfare stipulations. They desire better support. This study widens our understandings of immigrant women's experiences of mothering on welfare, and informs political decision-makers and professionals in their work to develop supportive services for migrants.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 54, p. 29-37
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forced migration; immigrant mothering; welfare dependence; schooling; social policies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28481DOI: 10.1016/j.wsif.2015.11.003ISI: 000372386900005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84949294278OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28481DiVA, id: diva2:877127
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Swedish National Institute of Public HealthAvailable from: 2015-12-04 Created: 2015-12-04 Last updated: 2018-12-04Bibliographically approved

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