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Offentlig äldreomsorg som del i ett socialt medborgarskap

Publiceringsår: 2003
Språk: Svenska
Sidor: 303-318
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift
Nummer: 4
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Forsa


Drawing on T. H. Marshall, the notion of

social citizenship is applied in this article

to the development of public care for the

elderly in Sweden. Initially a historical

résumé clarifi es the change of elder care

in Sweden as a move from a residual arrangement

with its roots in the poor laws of

the nineteenth century to become, during

the 1960s and 1970s, an institutionalized

public s ervice c ommonly u sed by e lderly

citizens. It is shown, however, that during

the 1990s features from the old model were

recaptured through changes in the organization

and practices of care delivery. The

authors construct a model for making the

term citizenship operational by the use of

three dimensions regarding access, assessment

and legitimacy. Leaning on empirical

data (mostly interviews) from ongoing

research in eight Swedish municipalities, it

is shown that parallel to a formal strengthening

of rights in elder care, the status of

citizenship is weakened. This somewhat

paradoxical conclusion is built around

the necessity of distinguishing the formal

status of social rights from the qualitative

aspects of social citizenship.


  • Social Work


  • ISSN: 1104-1420

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