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Hanna Bäckström



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Postdoctoral fellow (absent) at Department of Epidemiology and Global Health
5B, Målpunkt P, Försörjningsvägen 7 B, Norrlands universitetssjukhus Epidemiologi och global hälsa, Umeå Universitet, 90185 Umeå

I defended my PhD in gender studies in May 2020, entitled Att hjälpa andra: gåvans, rättvisans och medkänslans aporier i frivilligarbete [Helping Others: the aporias of gift-giving, justice and compassion in voluntary work]. The study concerns social work and social activism in Swedish civil society, and investigates questions relating to 'altruistic' practice and activism. It looks into the meaning of doing something for the sake of others, as a both moral, social and political phenomenon. The starting point of the study are interviews with activists and volunteers working for begging EU-citizens in Sweden, from which I problematise difficulties and possibilities involved in practical aid work, using theoretical perspectices from feminist ethics.

My current research concerns the young women empowerment centres/young women's shelters (tjejjourer) in Sweden, and their support and advocacy work for young women's health and against violence among youth.


Umeå: Bokförlaget h:ström - Text & Kultur 2020
Bäckström, Hanna
Cultural Studies, Taylor & Francis Group 2019, Vol. 33, (5) : 866-887
Lauri, Johanna; Bäckström, Hanna
Feminist Philosophy: Time and History, Umeå universitet, 17 mars, 2016
Bäckström, Hanna
Feministiskt Perspektiv
Bäckström, Hanna
Fronesis, Malmö: Tidskriftsföreningen Fronesis 2015, (52-53) : 240-252
Örestig, Johan; Bäckström, Hanna; Persson, Erik