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Michailakis, Dimitris
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Michailakis, D. & Schirmer, W. (2010). Agents of their health? How the Swedish welfare state introduces expectations of individual responsibility. Sociology of Health and Illness, 32(6), 930-947
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agents of their health? How the Swedish welfare state introduces expectations of individual responsibility
2010 (English)In: Sociology of Health and Illness, ISSN 0141-9889, E-ISSN 1467-9566, Vol. 32, no 6, p. 930-947Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years, the notion of individual responsibility for one's health has been introduced into Swedish medico-political debate. Formerly expressed as a recommendation, it has now taken on the form of expectations. In a Swedish context, this shift from collective to individual responsibility is novel because it implies a break with well-established welfare state practice of comprehensive care for their citizens. Using a systems-theoretical approach, we interpret this shift of expectations as a political solution to the problem of legitimate allocation of scarce resources. A more inclusive medical conception of illness has facilitated the introduction of many new diagnoses that, in turn, have lead to a strong increase in claims for medical treatment and for compensation. This semantic change in medicine aggravates the budgetary situation of the welfare state. The political solution lies in a reorientation of the expectations the medical system can have on citizens as well as a shift of the expectations regarding the rights and obligations citizens can have on the medical system. Individuals are increasingly expected to live healthy lifestyles and to avoid hazardous habits. If they do not live up to these expectations, they have to face low prioritisation or denial of treatment.

Keywords
illness, responsibility, healthcare policy, systems theory, sick role
National Category
Nursing
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10270 (URN)10.1111/j.1467-9566.2010.01262.x (DOI)000282225800007 ()20649889 (PubMedID)2-s2.0-77957114267 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2011-09-22 Created: 2011-09-21 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. & Reich, W. (2009). Dilemmas of inclusive education. Alter : European Journal of Disability Research, 3(1), 24-44
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2009 (English)In: Alter : European Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1875-0672, Vol. 3, no 1, p. 24-44Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inclusive education is the attempt to educate persons with intellectual disabilities by integrating them as closely as possible into the normal structures of the educational system. As this necessitates various kinds of "inclusion through selective exclusion" (partial exemption from grades, special classes, special treatment by teachers, etc.), inclusive education is inherently faced by tensions. Drawing on sociological systems theory, we argue that these tensions can be assigned to three levels of the educational system - the level of the functional macrosystem of education, the level of the organization and the level of the individual (classroom) interaction. Analyzed in this way, it becomes possible to see that the dilemmas of inclusive education result from tensions between the three levels - e.g., inclusion into normal educational organizations requires exclusion from certain functions of the macrosystem of education and so on. The tensions themselves cannot be fully resolved, but they can certainly be addressed in ways that may be more satisfactory to individuals with special educational needs. © 2008 Association ALTER.

Keywords
Inclusive education, Intellectual disability, Systems theory, article, conceptual framework, curriculum, education program, individuals with disabilities education act, intellectual impairment, priority journal, social discrimination, social interaction, sociological theory, special education, tension
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-10403 (URN)10.1016/j.alter.2008.10.001 (DOI)2-s2.0-60649083164 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2011-09-25 Created: 2011-09-25 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. (2006). Anställningsbarhet och funktionshinder. Loop. Tidskriften om ledarskap, organisation och personal, 2(5), 50-53
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2006 (Swedish)In: Loop. Tidskriften om ledarskap, organisation och personal, ISSN 1653-073X, Vol. 2, no 5, p. 50-53Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Diskriminering, systemteori
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1286 (URN)
Available from: 2008-01-30 Created: 2008-01-30 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. & Reich, W. (2005). "Attitudes" as an Observational Artifact. In: Anders Gustavsson (Ed.), Resistance, Reflection and Change: Nordic disability research. Lund: Studentlitteratur
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2005 (English)In: Resistance, Reflection and Change: Nordic disability research / [ed] Anders Gustavsson, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2005Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2005
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1280 (URN)91-44-03787-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Reich, W. & Michailakis, D. (2005). Funktionsnedsättning mot funktionshinder: en konstruktivistisk observation av en ledande distinktion. In: Berth Danermark (Ed.), Sociologiska perspektiv på funktionshinder och handikapp (pp. 147-166). Lund: Studentlitteratur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Funktionsnedsättning mot funktionshinder: en konstruktivistisk observation av en ledande distinktion
2005 (Swedish)In: Sociologiska perspektiv på funktionshinder och handikapp / [ed] Berth Danermark, Lund: Studentlitteratur , 2005, p. 147-166Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2005
Keywords
Gilles Deleuze, Baruch Spinoza, Paul Tillich
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1279 (URN)91-44-03465-2 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. (2005). Rollteori eller systemteori. Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, 1(3), 187-199
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2005 (Swedish)In: Nordiske organisasjonsstudier, ISSN 1501-8237, Vol. 1, no 3, p. 187-199Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Systemteori, rollteori
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1285 (URN)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. & Reich, W. (2005). The Semantics of Equal opportunity in Communication about Welfare. La Revue Française des Affaires Sociales, 2(5), 15
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Semantics of Equal opportunity in Communication about Welfare
2005 (English)In: La Revue Française des Affaires Sociales, ISSN 0035-2985, Vol. 2, no 5, p. 15-Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Keywords
equality
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1284 (URN)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. (2004). Communication Overload in Interaction Systems. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 6(1), 37-54
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Communication Overload in Interaction Systems
2004 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 37-54Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article aims at exploring the relevance of Luhmann's sociological systems theory to understand disability as communication about impairments. The questions to be considered in the following are: What happens to interaction systems when confronted with individuals with psychical or physical impairments (deviating bodies, perception difficulties, difficulties to process information)? What are the essential characteristics of interaction where disabled people participate? Trying to answer these questions, a broader question is raised: In which ways does communication in interaction systems become strained or overloaded? I argue that from the viewpoint of systems theory, disability as a social phenomenon, as part of social systems ‐ historically evolved and intelligible only in a systems/environment relationship ‐ must be linked to communication. Individuals’ impairments strain interaction with respect to time, objectively and socially because interaction systems are a combination of perception and communication.

Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1281 (URN)10.1080/15017410409512638 (DOI)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. (2004). Observing Disability as Communication. In: Jan Tøssebro & Anna Kittelsaa (Ed.), Exploring the living conditions of disabled people. Lund: Studentlitteratur
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Observing Disability as Communication
2004 (English)In: Exploring the living conditions of disabled people / [ed] Jan Tøssebro & Anna Kittelsaa, Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2004Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2004
Keywords
Disability, systems theory
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1276 (URN)91-44-03323-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
Michailakis, D. (2004). Some Considerations on Inclusive Education in Sweden. In: Inclusive Education: A Framework for Reform : proceedings of the International Conference on Inclusive Education, 16-19 December 2003.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Some Considerations on Inclusive Education in Sweden
2004 (English)In: Inclusive Education: A Framework for Reform : proceedings of the International Conference on Inclusive Education, 16-19 December 2003, 2004Chapter in book (Refereed)
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-1278 (URN)9889791315 (ISBN)
Available from: 2008-06-17 Created: 2008-06-17 Last updated: 2018-03-13Bibliographically approved
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