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Thedvall, R. (2022). My academic life with Cris and Sue and beyond. In: In the panel The future of the Anthropology of Policy: A roundtable in honor of Cris Shore and Susan Wright organized by Greg Feldman, University of Windsor, Canada and Janine R. Wedel, George Mason University at the AAA (American Anthropological Association) conference 9-13 November in Seattle: . Paper presented at American Anthropological Association Annual meeting, 9-13 November, Seattle, USA.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>My academic life with Cris and Sue and beyond
2022 (English)In: In the panel The future of the Anthropology of Policy: A roundtable in honor of Cris Shore and Susan Wright organized by Greg Feldman, University of Windsor, Canada and Janine R. Wedel, George Mason University at the AAA (American Anthropological Association) conference 9-13 November in Seattle, 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212365 (URN)
Conference
American Anthropological Association Annual meeting, 9-13 November, Seattle, USA
Available from: 2022-12-06 Created: 2022-12-06 Last updated: 2022-12-07Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. (2022). Policy Failures: An Ethnographer’s explorations in Public Policy Worlds. In: Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research - Score conference Organizing the World 2.0 6-7 October at Stockholm University, Stockholm: . Paper presented at Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research - Score conference Organizing the World 2.0 6-7 October, Stockholm.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Policy Failures: An Ethnographer’s explorations in Public Policy Worlds
2022 (English)In: Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research - Score conference Organizing the World 2.0 6-7 October at Stockholm University, Stockholm, 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212298 (URN)
Conference
Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research - Score conference Organizing the World 2.0 6-7 October, Stockholm
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2019-00916
Available from: 2022-12-06 Created: 2022-12-06 Last updated: 2022-12-19
Thedvall, R. & Sandler, J. (2022). Teleporting, Laundry, and the Chat: Meeting Ethnographers explore the Zoomiverse. In: Keynote at the 3rd Meeting Science Symposium 19-20 May in Brussels, Belgium: . Paper presented at 3rd Meeting Science Symposium 19-20 May, Brussels, Belgium.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Teleporting, Laundry, and the Chat: Meeting Ethnographers explore the Zoomiverse
2022 (English)In: Keynote at the 3rd Meeting Science Symposium 19-20 May in Brussels, Belgium, 2022Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-212297 (URN)
Conference
3rd Meeting Science Symposium 19-20 May, Brussels, Belgium
Available from: 2022-12-06 Created: 2022-12-06 Last updated: 2022-12-07Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. (2019). Blend Gaps through Papers and Meetings? Collaboration between the Social Services and Jobcentres. Social Inclusion, 7(1), 218-227
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Blend Gaps through Papers and Meetings? Collaboration between the Social Services and Jobcentres
2019 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 7, no 1, p. 218-227Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The policy word collaboration is a political buzzword omnipresent within human service organisations in Sweden and other countries. Collaboration stands for services working together toward a common goal. It is understood as the solution for a multitude of problems, putting the client at the centre and involving the services needed for making them financially self-sufficient. Public service collaboration assumes gaps between entities, whether they are organisations or professionals holding a particular kind of knowledge or available resources. Gaps are seen as omissions and pitfalls in activities which should be removed. My thesis is that putting the gap at the centre reveals not only the disjuncture of the gaps but also the productiveness of the gap in collaborative projects between organisations. The article demonstrates how documents and meetings work both as makers and blenders of gaps between social services and jobcentres. If gaps are productive spaces, what does it denote for collaboration between organisations? The article is placed ethnographically in documents and meetings set to enable collaboration between social workers and job coaches. I will focus on the gap, the space between documents and organisations, as productive spaces in collaborative projects.

Keywords
documents, gaps, jobcentre, public service collaboration, social services
National Category
Sociology Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-167694 (URN)10.17645/si.v7i1.1820 (DOI)000460022400005 ()
Available from: 2019-04-01 Created: 2019-04-01 Last updated: 2022-03-23Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. (2019). Fast Childcare in Public Preschools: The Utopia of Efficiency. Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fast Childcare in Public Preschools: The Utopia of Efficiency
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Fast Childcare in Public Preschools presents an ethnographic examination of the implementation of fast-policy management models and the efforts of teachers to use these to improve their work organization, and the frictions this brings. Using examples from Swedish public preschools, the book focuses on essential areas of the Lean management model in particular, bringing to life concepts relating to the care and education of children. The book draws on international childcare policy and public reforms, exploring the assignments that preschools are set and argues that separating the pedagogical and the organizational as suggested by proponents of management models is not possible.

This book considers Jamie Peck and Nik Theodore’s work on ‘fast policy’ and ‘model power’ and analyzes the tensions between the easy-to-use and difficult-to-use in management models. The model form of Lean’s management model rendered it difficult to align with existing childcare policy, pedagogical models, and the organization of a preschool. The book explores the utopian dimension of a modern project in pursuit of efficiency and speed in relation to the Lean model and the preschool teachers’ work, by asking, ‘what are the wider societal implications of the Lean project in preschools?’

Fast Childcare in Public Preschools will be of great interest to cultural anthropologists, qualitative sociologists and political scientists, and organizational researchers interested in the anthropology of policy.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019. p. 132
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176720 (URN)10.4324/9781351012836 (DOI)9781138500181 (ISBN)9781351012836 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-10 Last updated: 2023-11-28Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. (2019). Meeting Ethnography: Architecture, Practices of Circulation and Maker. In: : . Paper presented at Meeting Science Symposium Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 23-24, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Meeting Ethnography: Architecture, Practices of Circulation and Maker
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176721 (URN)
Conference
Meeting Science Symposium Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark, May 23-24, 2019
Available from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. (2019). Utopian models: Visions of efficiency, smooth flows and eliminated waste. In: : . Paper presented at American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, November 20-24, 2019.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Utopian models: Visions of efficiency, smooth flows and eliminated waste
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In the organization, the modern, utopian project of development and improvement into perfection is in good shape, not least as demonstrated by the success of management models. Management models are visionary. They are about the future creating hope for a better, more efficient workplace and better functioning work processes. One such model is the Lean management model with its focus on efficiency and waste elimination. The model, originally from the automotive industry, has moved into all sorts of organizations including, as discussed in this paper, public preschools. The model’s power of fast, immutable mobility aligned with the perceived utopian ideal of efficiency and modernity rushed the Lean management model into preschools as a force promising solutions to perceived policy problems. In this way, Lean was initiated in order to create a future – to create an imagined future of a Lean, perfectly ordered organization, working efficiently without waste. Even though the Lean model luckily failed to turn preschools into the well-oiled Lean machines, it did manage to create new environments of power and new patterns of governance in preschools. Management models are promoted as models for all organizations, but Lean’s dispositional difference from the policy words and tools that govern preschools and the lack of similarity between the preschool context and the context of the automobile factory rendered the model inept for preschools. Still, the model made itself felt in the preschools by turning resources and focus from pedagogy and care towards efficiency and waste elimination to save time.

National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176722 (URN)
Conference
American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, November 20-24, 2019
Available from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-10 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. & Näslund, L. (2018). Organizational Resilience in The Face of Turbulence: Mnemonics and Hope in Swedish Social Services. In: : . Paper presented at Latin America and European Meeting on Organizations Studies (LAEMOS 2018), Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 21-24, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Organizational Resilience in The Face of Turbulence: Mnemonics and Hope in Swedish Social Services
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Social Anthropology Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162620 (URN)
Conference
Latin America and European Meeting on Organizations Studies (LAEMOS 2018), Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 21-24, 2018
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2018-12-04 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. (2018). Plans for Altering Work: Fitting Kids into Car-Management Documents in a Swedish Preschool. Anthropologica, 60(1), 236-245
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Plans for Altering Work: Fitting Kids into Car-Management Documents in a Swedish Preschool
2018 (English)In: Anthropologica, ISSN 0003-5459, Vol. 60, no 1, p. 236-245Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The focus of this article is Lean management action-plan documents and the type of knowledge and values they project when used in Swedish public preschools. The Lean model, also called the Toyota model, originated in the car industry. Two key features of the model were eliminating waste and ensuring that there was a system for continuous improvements in the work processes to render them as efficient as possible. The article explores the absurdities of transplanting a scientific management model and planning from the car industry to preschool, where rigid planning is not conducive to flexibility or the urgent meeting of human needs.

Keywords
documentation, actorhood, organisation, action-plans, lean management model, preschool
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162618 (URN)10.3138/anth.60.1.t22 (DOI)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2018-12-04 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Thedvall, R. & Näslund, L. (2018). The moral worlds in the margins of the Swedish state. In: : . Paper presented at the AAA (American Anthropological Association) conference, San Jose, California, USA, November 14-18, 2018.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The moral worlds in the margins of the Swedish state
2018 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Refereed)
National Category
Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162623 (URN)
Conference
the AAA (American Anthropological Association) conference, San Jose, California, USA, November 14-18, 2018
Funder
AFA Insurance
Available from: 2018-12-04 Created: 2018-12-04 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
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Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-1816-3572

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