Anneli Stranz

Anneli Stranz


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Works at Department of Social Work
Telephone 08-674 73 73
Visiting address Sveavägen 160, Sveaplan
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Postal address Institutionen för socialt arbete 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Anneli Stranz holds a PhD in Social Work and works as a researcher and lecturer at Stockholm University. She has studied the everyday life realities and working conditions of care worker from comparative and feminist critical perspectives, and is particularly interested in analyzing how paid care work can be understood in relation to gender justice.



A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2017. Marta Szebehely, Anneli Stranz, Rebecka Strandell.
  • 2016. Anneli Stranz, Renita Sörensdotter. Journal of Aging Studies 38, 70-80

    Using ethnographic data collected from nursing homes in England and Sweden, this article analyzes how a person-centered approach to dementia care has been interpreted in two different contexts. Based on typical elements of person-centered care identified in previous research, the analysis examines environmental changes and the way care is performed. A discourse of person-centered care is articulated at both nursing homes, which aim to create a good environment and care practice for people with dementia. Although we found similarities in how good care was understood at the two homes, we also found important differences. The results point by to two types of care atmospheres, such that cheerfulness and activity are underlined at the English home and calmness at the Swedish home. Differences in the environments and practices of a person-centered approach can be related to how ways of giving care in the two homes accentuate two different symptoms of dementia. In the English home, the problem of a shrinking world was stressed and the solution was stimulation. At the Swedish home, problems of agitation and anxiety were stressed and the solution was calm and quiet. These differences are discussed in the light of the role of national policy, resources and the organization of work, which can partly clarify why some aspects of what is good care for persons with dementia are underscored in a specific context and not in others.

  • 2013. Anneli Stranz (et al.).

    The present study analyses the welfare state as employer by studying eldercare workers’ experiences of their work in Sweden and Denmark.  The Nordic welfare states are often described as potentially women-friendly due to the availability of publicly provided services that enable women to combine paid work and caring responsibilities.  Whereas this might be empowering for a large group of women, paid care workers are often neglected in the discussion. The theoretical point of departure is Nancy Fraser’s dualistic model of gender justice, which encompasses redistribution (of material resources) and recognition (in the form of social status).

    By utilising survey-data (NORDCARE) on Swedish (n=532) and Danish (n=732) eldercare workers, the study shows that care recipients have larger needs and working conditions are more arduous in Sweden. However, in both countries workers report deficiencies with regard to insufficient resources, such as lack of staff, limited opportunities for development and training, and lack of necessary equipment for lifting service users, of support from managers and of reasonable time for the tasks to be performed. The pressure at work makes the care workers feel inadequate in relation to quality of care they are able to offer.

    The differences in job strain between the countries turn out to be of little importance when the care workers’ experiences of bodily and mental fatigue are compared. The bodies of the care workers are their main working tool and thus the bearer of the working conditions. More than 60 per cent of the respondents state that they often are physically tired after the day's work, and two-fifths of the respondents have seriously considered leaving their job during the past year. In both countries, the experience of physical and mental fatigue and the number of sick days over the past year are important factors behind thoughts about quitting the job.

    Using a dualistic model of gender justice, where redistribution and recognition are theorised as overlapping analytical dimensions, the results are interpreted as continuous organisational shortcomings which make the care workers’ everyday work invisible, and in the long run imply a risk for their health.

  • 2009. Anneli Stranz. Genus i omsorgens vardag, 134-149
  • 2013. Sara Erlandsson (et al.). Marketisation in Nordic eldercare, 23-84
  • 2017. Marta Szebehely, Anneli Stranz, Rebecka Strandell.
  • 2018. Anneli Stranz, Marta Szebehely. The Routledge Handbook of Social Care Around the World, 45-57
  • 2018. Anneli Stranz. Äldreomsorger i Sverige, 185-200
  • 2018. Palle Storm, Anneli Stranz. Äldreomsorger i Sverige, 169-184
  • 2012. Hugo Stranz, Anneli Stranz, Palle Storm. Socionomens forskningssupplement (32), 16-23

    I artikeln presenteras resultaten från en explorativ fallstudie med fokus på förutsättningarna för e-baserad handläggning i socialtjänstens arbete med äldre och funktionsnedsatta personer. Av resultaten framgår bland annat att den personliga kontakten med socialtjänsten tillmäts stor betydelse och att faktorer som kön, klass och ålder är centrala för målgruppens möjligheter att dra nytta av e-baserade handläggningssystem.

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Last updated: May 28, 2018

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