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Sofia Björk

Senior lecturer

Sofia Björk
Senior lecturer
+46 31 786 6748

Room number: F406
Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 41122 Göteborg

Department of Sociology and Work Science (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 4764
Visiting Address: Skanstorget 18 , 411 22 Göteborg

About Sofia Björk

SOFIA BJÖRK obtained her PhD in Sociology at the University of Gothenburg in 2017.

Specialist Fields

  • Feminist Sociology
  • Welfare and living conditions

Doctoral Thesis

Sofia Björk's thesis titled "Gender and emotions in family care. Understanding masculinity and gender equality in Sweden" considers how, despite widely shared ideals of gender equality, family care cotinues to be genderd in Sweden. Explanations are sought in conflicting norms and ideals and the emotions they evoke. Although it may seem contradictory, ideals of gender equality include gendered expectations. While the ideals can help fathers to feel good about their care arrangements, for mothers they can sometimes even amplify the tensions. The thesis shows how caregivers need to manage emotions related to failing to live up to some norms and ideals in order to cope with their every-day prioritizations between work and care, and to form emotionally sustainable and liveable lives.

Current research
Sofia Björk is currently working in a project at Chalmers on part-time work from a sustainability perspective. She is also doing a study for the municipality of Gothenburg on LGBT-persons working conditions.

Teaching and tutoring
Sofia Bjork lectures in Quantitative Methods, Sociology and Social Psychology and supervises undergraduate students. She is also responsible for a course on social relations, leadership and group processes for teachers.

Sofia Björk is coordinator of the Feminist seminar at the department.

Latest publications

Swedish fathers choosing part-time work
Jörgen Larsson, Sofia Björk
Community, Work and Family, Journal article 2017
Journal article

Sofia Björk, Anna Hedenus
Feministiskt tänkande och sociologi. Teorier, begrepp och tillämpningar, Lund, Studentlitteratur, Chapter in book 2015
Chapter in book

Doing, Re-doing or Undoing Masculinity? Swedish Men in the Filial Care of Aging Parents
Sofia Björk
NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, Journal article 2015
Journal article

Negotiating gender equality, atypical work hours and caring responsibilities. The case of Sweden.
Sofia Björk, Ulla Björnberg, Hans Ekbrand
Work and Care under Pressure. Care Arrangements across Europe, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, Chapter in book 2013
Chapter in book

Doing Morally Intelligible Fatherhood: Swedish Fathers’ Accounts of their Parental Part-Timework Choices
Sofia Björk
Fathering: A Journal of Theory, Research, and Practice about Men as Fathers, Journal article 2013
Journal article

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Fathers use of parental right to work part-time in Sweden.
Sofia Björk
In realtion to What? - Critical gender studies on Masculinities and Relationality, Uppsala , Sweden January 18th-20th, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution


The Construction of Caring Identities in Family Care of Children and Elders
Sofia Engström
5th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations, 29/9-2/10 2010, Milan, Italy, Conference contribution 2010
Conference contribution

Identity construction in family care - Formulating Responsibility and its Boundaries or Boundlessness
Sofia Engström
XVII World Congress of Sociology, Conference contribution 2010
Conference contribution


Definitional processes and negotiations in family elderly care
Sofia Engström, Hans Ekbrand
European Sociological Association Conferance, Lisbon, 090902-05, Conference contribution 2009
Conference contribution

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