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  • 1.
    Caretta, Martina Angela
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Kuns, Brian
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Praktiska, metodologiska och emotionella utmaningar i fält – mot ärligare diskurser om fältarbete inom kulturgeografi2014In: Geografiska Notiser, ISSN 0016-724X, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 116-127Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 2. Caretta, Martina Angela
    et al.
    Webster, Natasha Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    “What kept me going was stubbornness”: Perspectives from Swedish early career women academics in geography2016In: Investigaciones Feministas, ISSN 2171-6080, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 89-113Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The rise of neoliberalism is creating inequalities for women as they balance their private lives and career trajectories. Geography as a middle sized discipline bridging the social and physical sciences offers insights into the ways neoliberal policies are felt by early career women (ECW). Using a life course model, this study presents the results of a workshop which sought to explore the ways in which women geographers, in Sweden, perceive and experience obstacles in their career advancement and which coping strategies they put in place to overcome those. The results show the blurring of the ECW ´s work and private lives. We find the experiences of ECW in Swedish geography departments are consistent with those of women in other countries. We conclude that ECW carry extra burdens in their career trajectories as academics due to increasingly neoliberal working environments, lack of mentorship, and an increasing pressure to produce measurable outputs and precarious employment. We argue that initiatives and programs aimed at retaining women in academia need to take on a broader perspective acknowledging the entanglement of women´s private and public spheres.

  • 3.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Nederlandse vrouwelijke ondernemers in Zweden: Kansen en belemmeringen2018Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [nl]

    De economische integratie van migranten kan veel beter; een onderwerp dat hoog op de Zweedse politieke agenda staat. Vergeleken met andere westerse landen hebben migranten in Zweden een veel lagere arbeidsparticipatie. Ondernemerschap is een belangrijke manier voor economische integratie, maar het is ook een belangrijke aanjager voor de economie en voor regionale ontwikkeling. Uit onderzoek blijkt dat vrouwelijke ondernemers wat andere paden bewandelen vergeleken met mannen. Dit is het onderwerp van een onderzoeksproject dat ik samen met collega Natasha Webster heb aan Stockholms Universiteit, bij de afdeling Sociale Geografie. Wie zijn deze vrouwelijke ondernemers, wat zijn problemen die zij in Zweden tegenkomen, en hoe staat het eigenlijk met Nederlandse ondernemers?

  • 4.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Thaise migrantenvrouwen in Nederland en Zweden2018In: Demos - bulletin over bevolking en samenleving, ISSN 0169-1473, Vol. 34, no 4, p. 1-4Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Duvander, Ann-Zofie
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
    Understanding Local Variations in Gender Relations Using Gender Contract Theory2019Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Despite Sweden’s family policy existing at the national level, usage of these policies can vary substantially across regions and by gender suggesting a need for closer examination of local variance in these usages. The concept of ‘gender contract’, describes the systematic organization of a gender system that is constructed, controlled and reinforced by relations between men and women and articulated into daily activities such as childcare. This study demonstrates the importance of spatial variation in gender contracts and identifies gender contracts from the gendered use of parental leave in Sweden. Using register data, we create individualized neighbourhoods with fixed population size, based on the location of the residence of individuals. By using a multiscalar approach, we show that local gender contracts vary substantially, and that no dominant regional gender contracts appear instead highlighting local variance of gender contracts. The spatial analyses show the ways in which individuals engage with both structure and society in their daily life. Uncovering gender contracts highlights the ways in which national policies are interpreted locally by users and test the operationalisation of a so far mainly theoretical concept.

  • 6.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Hübinette, Tobias, Hörnfeldt, Helena, Farahani, Fataneh & Rosales, René León (eds.) (2012) Om ras och vithet i det samtida Sverige, Botkyrka: Mångkulturellt centrum. 239 pp.2014In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN 1799-649X, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 49-50Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 7.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Svensk-thailändska företagare, Juholts jobb på Island och mjukrock bra för hund2017Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 8.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Thailändska kvinnor som företagare2017In: Norrköpings tidningar, ISSN 1103-9779, , p. 1Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 9.
    Webster, Natasha
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Why men buy sex: explaining sex worker clients2016In: Norma, ISSN 1890-2138, E-ISSN 1890-2146, Vol. 11, no 4, p. 301-303Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Webster, Natasha A.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Parental Leave During Your PhD: Planning, plotting and passing!2018In: The Nordic PhD: Surviving and Succeeding / [ed] Christopher McMaster, Caterina Murphy, Jakob Rosenkrantz de Lasson, Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2018, p. 110-116Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Webster, Natasha A.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Rural-to-rural translocal practices: Thai women entrepreneurs in the Swedish countryside2017In: Journal of Rural Studies, ISSN 0743-0167, E-ISSN 1873-1392, Vol. 56, p. 219-228Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article explores the under-researched topic of rural-to-rural interrelations examined through small businesses, owned by Thai migrant women, situated in rural Sweden. Thai migration to Sweden is a gendered flow that often originates in rural areas in Thailand. Drawing on empirical material from Sweden and Thailand, this paper examines the ways Thai migrant women build connections and facilitate flows between rural regions through goods, products, services and human resources. Based on qualitative narrative interviews, it reveals that translocal businesses are contingent upon the local contexts and resources of both source and receiving regions. Findings show translocal practices are gendered and embedded in day-to-day social and economic practices. The translocal perspective suggests insights for supporting rural women migrant entrepreneurs. 

  • 12.
    Webster, Natasha A.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Caretta, Martina Angela
    Early-career women in geography. Practical pathways to advancement in the neoliberal university2019In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, E-ISSN 1468-0467, Vol. 101, no 1, p. 1-6Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 13.
    Webster, Natasha A.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Thai women in Sweden: Victims or participants? 2016In: Social Science Asia, E-ISSN 2229-2608, Vol. 2, no 1, p. 13-29Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Migration from Thailand to Sweden is a rapidly growing phenomenon with a threefold increase over thelast ten years, with the majority of migrants being female marriage migrants. In Nordic media andpopular culture, stereotyping of Thai-Swedish couples is commonplace, focusing on unequal powerrelations, sex tourism and other social problems which often position Thai women “as both materialistrural women and ignorant victims” (Sunanta, 2013, p. 193). Our paper positions and explores thestatus of this unique group of migrants through a power and agency lens and by adopting a multimethodsapproach. Using register data, we give a detailed picture of the migration and sociodemographicfeatures of Thais in Sweden, while in-depth interviews with Thai women provide nuancedunderstandings of Thai-Sweden migration. We find a complex narrative of migration, where Thaiwomen are active agents in their migration process but still face many inequalities in Sweden. Adiversified picture of these women is revealed suggesting that power and agency are situated spatiallyand temporally.

  • 14.
    Webster, Natasha A.
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Zhang, Qian
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Careers Delivered from the Kitchen? Immigrant Women Small-scale Entrepreneurs Working in the Growing Nordic Platform Economy2020In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394XArticle in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, several trends intersect: the gig economy is growing rapidly; immigrants find it challenging to find work; and integration policies increasingly focus on the role of the first job as a benchmark for integration. This empirical study inserts an intersectional perspective into the exploration of the gig economy by examining immigrant women’s daily working experiences within a transactional gig platform, “Yummy”. This food app links home-based chefs to public consumers through online ordering systems. Through in-depth interviews with chefs, the app management team and participatory observations at firm training sessions and food festivals, we explore the complexity of gendered and racialized precarious work from inside the gig economy to consider daily gig life from a feminist economics perspective. The study shows the gig economy does provide entrepreneurial opportunities for new immigrants with these being based on gendered norms. We demonstrate how gendered narratives of idle capacities and women’s work in the home and family spheres are marketized and transformed through the platform. Our study widens the scope of understanding the gig economy by positioning gig work as part of broader social relations between a company, the workers and gender norms.

  • 15.
    Webster, Natasha Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Gender and Social Practices in Migration: A case study of Thai women in rural Sweden2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Set within discussions of gender, migration and social practices, this thesis explores the ways in which Thai women migrants to Sweden build connections between rural areas through their daily activities. Arriving in Sweden primarily through marriage ties, Thai women migrants are more likely to live in Swedish rural areas than in urban areas. Rural areas are typically not seen as a site of globalization or as receivers of international migrants. In contrast to these perceptions, the case of Thai women migrants in the Swedish countryside reveals a complex and vigorous set of social practices that connect rural Sweden across spatial and temporal scales.

    The aim of this study is to explore the ways in which Thai migrant women construct and implement social practices spatially and temporally. Drawing on the life stories of 16 Thai women living in Sweden, along with other sources of empirical data analysed within feminist epistemologies, this thesis discusses: In what ways does gender shape migrant social practices? How are social practices constructed within individual migrant micro-geographies? By what means are migrant social practices contextualized by spaces and places?

    Thai women migrants are gendered agents of these social practices and are utilizing specific resources, objects and networks to bridge the distances found in their daily lives. The empirical material examined in this thesis points to the importance of women’s everyday social practices in connecting and linking rural areas globally at different spatial and temporal scales.

    The results highlight the importance of a translocalism perspective to understanding gendered social practices. This study adds to the translocal discussion by demonstrating that social practices are embedded in multiple geographic sites and scales. Thai women migrants, in this study, emerge as significant actors in global countrysides and do the functional work of bringing spaces and places together daily and through their life course.

    This thesis consists of an introductory chapter and five papers. The introductory chapter outlines the context and theoretical approaches to understanding Thai migration flows to Sweden. The papers share an emphasis on local sites: homes, workplaces and community. They examine different ways that women construct and build social practices – for example, through food, community projects and in developing their businesses.

  • 16.
    Webster, Natasha Alexandra
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Vippan Playground: Can a Local Meeting Place Survive in Neoliberal Stockholm?2015In: Localities, ISSN 2234-5663, Vol. 5, p. 171-178Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 17.
    Webster, Natasha Alexandra
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Forsberg, Gunnel
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Spicy Meatballs and Mango Sylt: Exploring translocal food practices in rural Sweden2016Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    What role does food play in the migration process? The theme of this paper is to discuss how everyday practices in food preparation could be used as a tool for integration. Food practices effect in-migrant’s everyday life in rural Sweden and support transnational connections. Using rural areas as an example, our interest is on how food related practices are experienced by people with non-Swedish backgrounds and how they combine the experiences from their current rural locality with the practices in their place of origin. Immigrant’s spatial involvements are analysed in order to see to what extent culinary practices can be a channel for integration. Rural areas are of particular interest as the ingredients used for migrant’s culinary ambitions are seldom available. The pursuit of ingredients is an indication of how vital well-known meals are to in-migrant’s well-being. Food plays a special role in the daily lives of migrant women, both socially and economically. They serve as a connection across time and space linking sending and receiving places together. The article presents some examples of integration projects in rural areas and for one significant rural immigrant group in Sweden, namely Thai women. The food-related practices are analysed through the lens of a translocal understanding. 

  • 18.
    Webster, Natasha Alexandra
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Thai women entrepreneurs in Sweden: Critical perspectives on migrant small businesses2017In: Women's Studies: International Forum, ISSN 0277-5395, E-ISSN 1879-243X, Vol. 60, p. 17-27Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Thai migrant women are an important and visible part of the small business community in Sweden, most notably through restaurants, massage spas and small shops. In this paper we explore the overlap between migration and entrepreneurship and position ourselves within the feminist entrepreneurial framework. We ask: which Thai women become entrepreneurs? How does being migrant women shape their entrepreneurial activities and practices? Our paper employs a mixed-method design to explore Thai migrant businesses, giving a detailed overview of which women become entrepreneurs based on register data, and providing space for the narratives of women. We find a gendered approach to understanding the business activities of Thai women business practitioners does challenge normative perspectives on entrepreneurship. We show that family structure, migration length, education and partner's labor market status all play important roles. Furthermore, we find that small businesses are sites of negotiation and contestation.

  • 19.
    Webster, Natasha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Boyd, Meighan
    Exploring the importance of inter-departmental women’s friendship in geography as resistance in the neoliberal academy2019In: Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography, ISSN 0435-3684, E-ISSN 1468-0467, Vol. 101, no 1, p. 44-55Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Friendship has potential as a key coping and self-care strategy among early career researchers (ECR’s) and has been shown to be crucial to overall well-being and sense of belonging, but its importance as a response to career pressures is not well studied. For ECR’s, friendships within the university are situated in a specific structural and institutional context, and formigrant women, this includes an additional aspect of gendered complexity. At the same time friendships may prove difficult as heightened neoliberal metrics emphasize competition forfunding, positions and teaching requirements. Using autoethnographic intra-reflections on the authors’ own friendship, bridging human geography and physical geography, this paper examines friendship of two ECR women from a homosocial perspective where institutional hierarchies and structures may be somewhat equalized. Drawing on the exploration of the authors’ friendship during their PhD years and into their post-doc positions, we reflect on the importance of friendship as an act of support, self-care and resistance. We argue for heightening importance for examining the way friendship creates safe social spaces and offer new insights into the importance of friendships in career paths. Friendship in the neoliberal academy has transformative potential for creating a culture of well-being in geography.

  • 20.
    Webster, Natasha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Caretta, Martina Angela
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. West Virginia University, USA.
    "Women in Groups Can Help Each and Learn from Each Other?: The Role of Homosocial Practices within Women's Social Networks in Building Local Gender Contracts2016In: Géneros: Multidisciplinary Journal of Gender Studies, ISSN 2014-3613, Vol. 5, no 3, p. 1072-1095Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Feminist scholars struggle to articulate gender relations in different contexts. Using the concept of local gender contract - a place specific agreement of gender relations, we explore how women’s networks challenge or shift gender contracts in their communities. Based on two empirical case studies of women´s groups from Eastern Africa and Thai migrants in Sweden, we show gender contracts are challenged through women’s homosocial activities. We highlight tensions between gender contracts and the women’s goals revealing a complicated process of assent and resistance. This study expands gender contract theoretically and provides a way to understand vulnerable women’s activities.

  • 21.
    Webster, Natasha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Starting your business in Stockholm? 6 Tips!2018Other (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 22.
    Webster, Natasha
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
    Haandrikman, Karen
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. Uppsala University, Sweden.
    Thai women in Sweden: Victims or participants?2014Report (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Migration from Thailand to Sweden is a rapidly growing phenomenon with a threefold increase over the last ten years, with the majority of migrants being female marriage migrants. In the media and popular culture, stereotyping of Thai-Swedish couples is commonplace; focusing on unequal power relations, sex tourism and other social problems which often position Thai women ‘as both materialist rural women and ignorant victims’ (Sunanta 2013, 193). Our paper positions and explores the status of this unique group of migrants through a power and agency lens and by adopting a multi-methods approach. Using register data, we are able to give a detailed picture of the migration and socio-demographic features of Thais in Sweden, while in-depth interviews with Thai women provide nuanced understandings of Thai-Sweden migration. We find a complex narrative of migration, where Thai women are active agents in their migration process but still face many inequalities in Sweden. A diversified picture of these women is revealed, giving an inside view into their lives that goes beyond and break common stereotypes.

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