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  • 1.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Institutionen för omvårdnad Karolinska institutet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Making sense of illness: late in life migration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants´explanatory models of illness2005In: Journal of Immigrant Health, ISSN 1096-4045, E-ISSN 1573-3629, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 153-164Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article is based on data gathered through 60 qualitative interviews conducted within the realm of three research projects that have used "culture-appropriate lenses" to study the postmigration situation of late-in-life Iranian immigrants to Sweden. The findings gathered through these studies were interpreted against the backdrop that culturally appropriate nursing theories provide. This meant that it was, at times, these elders' backgrounds as cultural "others" that were implicitly used to make sense of the various issues that were brought to the fore by these studies. The particular issue with which this article is concerned is the "unusualness" of these elders' explanatory models of illness. Inspired by the concept definition of situation in the symbolic interactionist perspective and by the feeling that this perspective might bring about a different interpretation of the original findings regarding their understandings of illness and disease, we set out to conduct a secondary analysis of these elders explanatory models of illness. The findings presented in this article will show how the elderly Iranian immigrants interviewed in these three studies utilize the process of "late in life migration" as a point of reference for their understandings of what has caused the illnesses from which they suffered. Hereby we will suggest that the "unusualness" of their explanatory models of illness might be best understood if we focus on what they shared as immigrants (i.e., the fact that the process of late-in-life migration has made their culture obsolete) as opposed to what they shared as Iranians (i.e., their culture of origin).

  • 2.
    Emami, Azita
    et al.
    Department of Nursing Karolinska Institute.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Making sense of illness: late-in-life migration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants´ explanatory models of illness2005In: 18th World Congress of Gerontology,2005, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Forsell, Emelia
    et al.
    Ersta Sköndal högskola, Sweden.
    Torres, Sandra
    Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Social work, older people and migration: An overview of the situation in Sweden2012In: European Journal of Social Work, ISSN 1369-1457, E-ISSN 1468-2664, Vol. 15, no 1, p. 115-130Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The globalisation of international migration is challenging social work practice in general and elder care in particular all across Europe. This article gives insight into social work practice with elderly people in Sweden by focusing on older migrants and their families. The article addresses the changes that Swedish elder care has undergone through the past few decades and how elder care is organised. The cases of two migrant families who care for their elderly relatives are described also in an attempt to draw attention to some of the specific challenges that social work practice with older migrants and their families can pose. The article argues that social work practice with these specific populations needs to become aware of the implications that understandings of ethnic ‘Otherness’ have for how elder care is planned and provided. Moreover, it is argued that the globalisation of international migration we are witnessing across Europe and the ethnic diversity in older populations that it brings about demand that social work is delivered in a more generationally aware way. Aiming to solely increase the social integration of older migrants can end up jeopardizing the social and economic integration of their families.

  • 4.
    Hammarstrom, Gunhild
    et al.
    Uppsala University.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Being, feeling and acting. A qualitative study of Swedish home-help care recipients understandings of dependence and independence2010In: Journal of Aging Studies, ISSN 0890-4065, E-ISSN 1879-193X, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 75-87Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article contributes to the debate on dependence and independence through a study of how a group of 29 cognitively healthy Swedish home-help care recipients between the ages of 77 and 93 perceive their situation. Two overall themes with regards to how the constructs of dependence and independence are understood were found. One of them concerns how being in need of help can be justified (i.e. the why of receiving help) and the other how the very situation of being in need of help and care can be regarded (i.e. the how of receiving help). The study reveals a clear distinction between receiving help and care and feeling dependent, as well as between receiving help and care and being able to remain an active agent. On the basis of these findings we argue for the fruitfulness of distinguishing between being, feeling and acting as aspects of dependence and independence.

  • 5.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Sociologiska inst. Uppsala universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Being in need of help and being dependent are two different things: understandings of dependency and independence among Swedish home-help care recipients2006In: 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Sociologiska institutionen Uppsala universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Beroende eller oberoende? En kvalitativ studie av hur äldre hjälptagare ser på att ha hjälp och stöd2007In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 30-51Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Department of Sociology, Uppsala university.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Livssituationen och förhållningssätt bland äldre i behov av hjälp och stöd2005In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 279-293Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 8.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Sociologiska institutionen Uppsala universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    On being, feeling and acting dependent: a qualitative study of home-help care recipients´ understandings2008In: 19th Nordic Congress of Gerontology,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Hammarström, Gunhild
    et al.
    Sociologiska institutionen Uppsala universitet.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Subjective well-being among elderly people in need of help and support in their everyday lives2006In: 18th Nordic Congress of Gerontology,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Lindblom, Jonas
    et al.
    Mälardalens högskola.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Uppsala universitet.
    Etnicitets-och migrationsrelaterade frågor inom äldreomsorgen: En analys av Svenska Dagbladets rapportering mellan 1995-20082011In: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 1104-1420, Vol. 18, no 3, p. 222-243Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [sv]

    I artikeln undersöks hur Svenska Dagbladet framställt äldreomsorgssektorn i samband med etnicitets- och migrationsrelaterade frågor mellan 1995 och 2008. Studien behandlar vilka ämnen som rapporteringen har handlat om, vilka förklaringar man använt sig av, vilka äldreomsorgsaktörer som varit i fokus och vilka som har fått uttala sig.

  • 11.
    Olaison, Anna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Forssell, Emilia
    Ersta Sköndahl University College, Stockholm, Sweden.
    Categorization in documentation practices: the role that gender and background can play in the clientization of older people within social work case files.2016Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Olaison, Anna
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Forssell, Emilia
    Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Needs asessment practice within elder care: does length of work experience make a difference in how care managers percieve professional discretion?2018Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 13.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Aging in the Middle East: educating gerontologists about a neglected issue2006In: Aging in the Middle East: educating gerontologists about a neglected issue: Invited moderator to panel discussion, Dallas, USA, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 14.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Aging in the Middle-East: educating gerontologists about a neglected issus2006In: 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 15.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Book review (Naina P. (ed)) Minority elderly care in Europe2005In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 214-214Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 16.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Conducting gerontological research with ethnic minorities: ontological and epistemological standpoints2005In: 58th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America,2005, Washington, DC.: The Gerontologist , 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 17.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Cross-cultural encounters in Swedish elderly care: the challenges that migrant care workers pose to gerontological practice2009In: Cross-cultural encounters in Swedish elderly care: the challenges that migrant care workers pose to gerontological practice: Paper presented at the Invited Symposium on Migrant Care Work as a Rising Challenge for Elder Care Research, Policy and Practice II: International Developments, Paris, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 18.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Cross-cultural encounters in the context of Swedish elderly care: Preliminary findings from an ethnographic study2008In: The gerontologist(ISSN 0016-9013), vol 48, sp iss 3, 2008, Vol. 48, no Sp. Iss. 3, p. 310-310Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 19.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Cross-cultural interaction in the context of Swedish elderly care: preliminary findings from an ethnographic study2009In: Cross-cultural interaction in the context of Swedish elderly care: preliminary findings from an ethnographic study: Invited paper, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 20.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Culture, migration, inequality and 'periphery' in a globalized world: challenges for the study of ethno- and anthropo-gerontology2006In: Aging, globalization and inequality: the new critical gerontology / [ed] Baars, Jan, Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc , 2006, 1, p. -291Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This book is a major reassessment of work in the field of critical gerontology, providing a comprehensive survey of issues by a team of contributors drawn from Europe and North America. The book focuses on the variety of ways in which age and aging are socially constructed, and the extent to which growing old is being transformed through processes associated with globalization. The collection offers a range of alternative views and visions about the nature of social aging, making a major contribution to theory-building within the discipline of gerontology. The different sections of the book give an overview of the key issues and concerns underlying the development of critical gerontology. These include: first, the impact of globalization and of multinational organizations and agencies on the lives of older people; second, the factors contributing to the "social construction" of later life; and third, issues associated with diversity and inequality in old age, arising through the effects of cumulative advantage and disadvantage over the life course. These different themes are analyzed using a variety of theoretical perspectives drawn from sociology, social policy, political science, and social anthropology. Aging, Globalization and Inequality brings together key contributors to critical perspectives on aging and is unique in the range of themes and concerns covered in a single volume. The study moves forward an important area of debate in studies of aging and thus provides the basis for a new type of critical gerontology relevant to the twenty-first century.

  • 21.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Debate on the research, clinical and ethical challenges of working with older refugees2006In: 59th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America,2006, 2006Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 22.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Different ways of understanding the construct of successful aging: Iranian immigrants speak about what aging well means to them2006In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, ISSN 0169-3816, E-ISSN 1573-0719, Vol. 21, no 1-2Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents the variations in themes and notions of successful aging that were found in a project that aimed to shed light on the value orientations that people prefer and the understandings of successful aging that they uphold. The project, which aimed also to study the way in which the process of migration challenges the notions in question, shed light on the various types of logic that Iranian immigrants to Sweden use when trying to make sense of the construct of successful aging. This article departs from these variations and discusses, among other things, the inevitable decay with which the aging process seems to be associated, the different purpose-related ideologies that people use when trying to explain how the decay in question ought to be handled, the way in which time-related ideas influence the manner in which notions of aging well are framed, the manner in which divergent views regarding activity shape the understandings of successful aging that people uphold, and the way in which ideas regarding autonomy and dependence shape the way in which one defines a good old age. The complexity of logic types utilized by the informants suggests that, if researchers are to further their understanding of the meaning of the construct of successful aging, they need to dismantle people's ideas as well as the way in which they use culture when trying to make sense of what aging well entails. The article finishes with a brief discussion regarding the importance of intracultural variation and suggests that researchers need a better understanding of culture's impact on the manner in which the construct in question is understood if they are to develop the successful aging paradigm in a culturally informed manner. © 2006 Springer Science+Business Media, Inc.

  • 23.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Elderly immigrants in Sweden: "Otherness" under construction2006In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451, Vol. 32, no 8, p. 1341-1358Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Informed by a social constructionist approach, this article reviews and evaluates the research literature on elderly immigrants in Sweden, shedding light on how a specific category is created and comes to be regarded as a social problem. There is a pervasive 'problematisation' of elderly immigrants in Sweden. The paper argues that a social category of 'elderly immigrants' has been constructed among those concerned with elderly care and policy, even though there is ample evidence that the elderly group is exceptionally diverse and that, apart from a non-Swedish background, the various constituent groups have little in common. They have nonetheless been consistently approached as if they were an easily identifiable and homogeneous social category posing an unusual challenge for elderly-care planners and providers. Thus, as a socially constructed 'problem', these elders seem to have become yet another 'Other' in Swedish society.

  • 24.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Etnicitet och invandrarskap: relevanta begrippsliga och teoretiska perspektiv för äldrevård och omsorgsforskning: (Ethnicity and migrantship: relevant conceptual and theoretical perspectives for elderly care research)2010In: Invandrarskap, äldrevård och omsorg: (Migrantship in elderly care) / [ed] Torres S. & Magnusson F., Malmö: Gleerups , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Vad innebär det att arbeta med äldre utlandsfödda i skandinavisk äldreomsorg? Vilken betydelse för äldrevården och omsorgen får de erfarenheter som omsorgspersonal med invandrarbakgrund har?I den här boken problematiseras de tre begrepp som internationaliseringen av äldrevården och omsorgen tangerar: etnicitet, invandrarskap och ålder, och hur de förhåller sig till varandra.Författarna diskuterar vilka bilder som ges av äldre invandrare i socialpolitiska sammanhang och hur dessa påverkar de tvärkulturella möten som dagligen äger rum i äldrevård och omsorgssammanhang. Andra teman i boken är hur föreställningar om personal med invandrarbakgrund påverkar personalens möte med varandra, hur äldre invandrares vård- och omsorgsbehov bemöts och hur olika professioner hanterar invandrarskap i vården och omsorgen av äldre.Boken vänder sig främst till studerande inom socialt arbete, social omsorg och vårdutbildningar, samt till yrkesverksamma inom fältet.Sandra Torres är professor i socialt arbete med inriktning mot äldre vid Mälardalens Högskola och professor II i rehabilitering och äldre vid Högskole i Oslo. Hon är verksam vid National Institute for the Study of Aging and Later Life vid Linköpings Universitet. Finnur Magnússon är docent och lektor i social omsorg med inriktning äldreområdet vid enheten för socialt arbete vid Malmö högskola.

  • 25.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Family and intergenerational relationships: the case(s) of older migrants in Europe2007In: ERA-AGE European Forum Meeting on Ageing and Migration,2007, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 26.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Globalization and minority aging research: what are the challenges?2005In: 18th World Congress of Gerontology,2005, 2005Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 27.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Inledning2010In: Invandrarskap, äldrevård och omsorg: (Migrantship in elderly care) / [ed] Torres S.& Magnusson F., Malmö: Gleerups , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Vad innebär det att arbeta med äldre utlandsfödda i skandinavisk äldreomsorg? Vilken betydelse för äldrevården och omsorgen får de erfarenheter som omsorgspersonal med invandrarbakgrund har?I den här boken problematiseras de tre begrepp som internationaliseringen av äldrevården och omsorgen tangerar: etnicitet, invandrarskap och ålder, och hur de förhåller sig till varandra.Författarna diskuterar vilka bilder som ges av äldre invandrare i socialpolitiska sammanhang och hur dessa påverkar de tvärkulturella möten som dagligen äger rum i äldrevård och omsorgssammanhang. Andra teman i boken är hur föreställningar om personal med invandrarbakgrund påverkar personalens möte med varandra, hur äldre invandrares vård- och omsorgsbehov bemöts och hur olika professioner hanterar invandrarskap i vården och omsorgen av äldre.Boken vänder sig främst till studerande inom socialt arbete, social omsorg och vårdutbildningar, samt till yrkesverksamma inom fältet.Sandra Torres är professor i socialt arbete med inriktning mot äldre vid Mälardalens Högskola och professor II i rehabilitering och äldre vid Högskole i Oslo. Hon är verksam vid National Institute for the Study of Aging and Later Life vid Linköpings Universitet. Finnur Magnússon är docent och lektor i social omsorg med inriktning äldreområdet vid enheten för socialt arbete vid Malmö högskola.

  • 28.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    "It isn´t really a problem but...": preliminary findings from an ethnographic study on cross-cultural encounters in the context of Swedish elderly care2008In: 19th Nordic Congress of Gerontology,2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 29.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    L'ére des migrations: définition et importance pour la gérontologie sociale en Europe2008In: Retraite et société, ISSN 1167-4687, Vol. 55, p. 15-37Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 30.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Migrant care workers in Swedish nursing homes: insights from an ethnographic study2009In: Migrant care workers in Swedish nursing homes: insights from an ethnographic study: Plenary lecture, King's College, London, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 31.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Older people, ethnicity and diversity: challenges to elderly care2009In: Older people, ethnicity and diversity: challenges to elderly care: Plenary speech, Oslo University College, Norway, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 32.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    ‘Otherness’ in the context of Swedish elderly care2009In: ‘Otherness’ in the context of Swedish elderly care: Invited presentation, King's College, London, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 33.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Panel on the effects of globalization for the study of older migrants2007In: 60th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America,2007, 2007Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 34.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Strangers in strange lands: the study of older migrants and refugees as a window of opportunity for the study of aging2009In: Strangers in strange lands: the study of older migrants and refugees as a window of opportunity for the study of aging: Invited presentation to panel discussion / [ed] Interest Group in International Aging and Migration, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 35.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Swedish elderly care: a look at what characterizes and challenges the present welfare system2008In: NORFACE ERA-AGE NETs conference,2008, 2008Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 36.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The age of migration and the diversity of older migrants: challenges and opportunities for gerontology2009In: The age of migration and the diversity of older migrants: challenges and opportunities for gerontology: Poster presentation, Paris, France, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 37.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The age of migration: what does it mean and why should European social gerontologists care?2008In: Retraite et société (Best of selection 2008), ISSN 1167-4687, p. 67-90Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article aims to shed light on what migration and ethic relations researchers call “the age of migration” in order to delineate some of the theoretical and empirical opportunities that this new state of affairs poses to the field of social gerontology. Hereby is a brief presentation of what “the age of migration” means and what the implications of this phenomenon are for the study of aging and old age since this is an area with which not many European social gerontologists seem familiar. Through empirical observations made through studies of older migrants’ successful aging, quality of life and intergenerational relationships, it will be argued that launching what might–at first glance– seem like solely empirically-interesting research could in fact turn out to be theoretically-profuse. This article argues, in short, that much could be gained if we were to expand our gerontological imagination through culture-relevant studies that are sensitive to what is specific to the migratory life course.

  • 38.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The bloodiest generation: perspectives on the impact of the Second World War on European-Born elders2007In: The bloodiest generation: perspectives on the impact of the Second World War on European-Born elders: Chaired symposium, San Francisco, USA, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 39.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The diversity of the aging experience: a challenge for a multicultural for multicultural sociey2008In: 19th Nordic Congress of Gerontology,2008, Oslo: NGF , 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 40.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The impact of international migration on the Swedish elderly care sector2007In: NORFACE ERA-AGE NET Conference,2007, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 41.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The social construction of elderly immigrants in Sweden: cultural 'otherness' and 'special needs'2005In: 5th Int IInternational Symposium on Cultural Gerontology, 2005, 2005Conference paper (Refereed)
  • 42.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The world of vignettes and the quest for culture-relevance: ontological and epistemological perspectives2008In: 9th Advances in Qualiltative Methods Conference,2008, Alberta, Canada: University of Alberta , 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 43.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    “They have it in their blood, we have to study for it”: notions regarding migrant care workers’ presumed suitability to provide care in old age2009In: “They have it in their blood, we have to study for it”: notions regarding migrant care workers’ presumed suitability to provide care in old age / [ed] Symposium on Family Caregiving, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 44.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life.
    "They have it in their blood, we have to study for it": notions regarding migrant care workers' presumed  suitability to provide care in old age2009In: The Gerontologist, Paris, France, 2009, Vol. 49, p. 301-301Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 45.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Transnational communities: a theoretical and empirically fruitful point of departure for critical gerontology2009In: Transnational communities: a theoretical and empirically fruitful point of departure for critical gerontology / [ed] Symposium on New departures in critical gerontology: multi-level perspectives on power and inequality, Paris, France, 2009Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 46.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life.
    Transnationalism as a point of departure for the expansion of the social gerontological imagination2010In: Gerontologist, New Orleans, USA: Gerontological Society of America , 2010, Vol. 50, p. 204-204Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    n/a

  • 47.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Tvärkulturella möten inom äldreomsorgen: hur föreställningar om invandrarskap påverkar äldreomsorgspersonalens relationer till varandra: (Cross-cultural encounters in the context of elderly care: how understandings of migrantship affect elderly care providers' relationships with their colleagues)2010In: Mångfald inom äldreomsorgen: (Diversity in elderly care) / [ed] Johansson S., Malmö: Gleerups , 2010Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 48.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Vignette methodology and culture-relevance: lessons learned through a project on successful aging with Iranian immigrants to Sweden.2009In: Journal of cross-cultural gerontology, ISSN 1573-0719, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 93-114Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is a well-known fact that cultural values play an important role in the construction of aging and old-age related understandings. This is why ethnogerontologists have tried to expand the gerontological imagination by arguing that research needs to become more culturally-relevant. Tapping into the values that people uphold and the understandings of aging that are shaped by them is a challenging endeavor. This is especially the case if one does not share the cultural background of the people whose values one is studying. The same holds true when one wants to shed light on understandings that mainstream social gerontology regards as deviations from the norm. It is after all relatively easy to "impose the Western template" under such circumstances. Vignette methodology has been found to be particularly useful when studying value-laden understandings. This is why it is an appropriate method to consider when designing research that aims to avoid the imposition of the Western template. This article focuses on the pros and cons of this methodology while discussing some of the lessons learned from a project that explored how the construct of successful aging is understood by a group of Iranian immigrants to Sweden. It will be argued that vignettes are particularly useful when trying to shed culturally-relevant light on aging and old age-related understandings.

  • 49.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    What constitutes the cross-cultural in ethnogerontological studies?2008In: What constitutes the cross-cultural in ethnogerontological studies?: Invited presentation / [ed] Interest Group in International Aging and Migration, Washington, D.C., USA, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 50.
    Torres, Sandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Äldre invandrare: ett omsorgsproblem?2007In: Socionomen : facktidskriften för kvalificerat socialt arbete, ISSN 0283-1929, Vol. 4, p. 82-86Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
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