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Christine Roman

Title: Post Retirement Professor School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences

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About Christine Roman

Christine Roman is Professor of Sociology. She has conducted a number of studies primarily within the research area of gender, working life and the family. One main area of interest is continuity and change in gender relations in modern society, with a particular focus on the division of labour, household finances and power in the family and working life.

In 1994, Christine Roman defended her thesis entitled Lika på olika villkor: Könssegregering i kunskapsföretag [Equal Treatment. Different Opportunities: Gender Segregation in Computer, Advertising and Consulting Companies] (1994) at Uppsala University. It studies gender segregation processes in, for example, IT companies, with special emphasis on the interplay between work and family. The interplay between gender, working life and family has been a central theme of her research ever since, which is noticeable in, among others, the books Familjer i tiden: Förhandling, kön och gränslöst arbete[Families in Time: Negotiation, Gender and Unlimited Work] (2011) and Hemmet, barnen och makten [Home, Children and Power] (1997). The relationships between social science and family policy and between family sociology and feminist theory are also important areas of interest. The book Familjen i det moderna: Sociologiska sanningar och feministisk kritik [The Family in Modern Society: Sociological Truths and Feminist Criticism] (2004/2009) is a result of the latter. The intersection of gender and class is central to her research, but that between disability, gender and sexuality has also been examined in, for example, the book Kamper i handikapprörelsen: Resurser, erkännande, representation [Struggles in the Disability Movement: Resources, Recognition, Representation] (2012). Christine is the research leader of the sociological research specialization ‘Family and Intimate Relations’ and heads the multidisciplinary research group FamForsk. She is also the national coordinator of the Swedish Sociological Association’s working group Family and Intimate Relations.

Read more on the research specialization ‘Family and Intimate Relations’ and the FamForsk research group.

A third research project‘Projekt barn: Fostransideal, föräldrapraktiker och det professionaliserade föräldraskapet’[The Child as a Project: Parenting Ideals, Parenting Practices and the Professionalization of Parenthood], which is financed by the Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare (Forte), investigates the parenting ideals and practices in Sweden in the early 2000s, based on sociological theories on an increased dependence on experts and an intensification of parenting. Read more about the project ‘The Child as a Project: Parenting Ideals, Parenting Practices and the Professionalization of Parenthood’.

Teaching
Christine Roman has teaching experience at all levels. Among other things, she has taught courses on classical sociological theory, modern sociological theory, gender sociology, qualitative method, welfare state changes and family and close relationships. She has supervised many Bachelor’s essays and Master’s dissertations, and as a primary or secondary supervisor has assisted doctoral students in reaching the public defence stage of the thesis.

Other assignments

Christine Roman is currently a member of the Örebro University Equality Committee and of the Swedish Research Council’s Humanities and Social Sciences Review Panel (HS-C).

Publications

Articles in journals |  Articles, book reviews |  Books |  Chapters in books |  Collections (editor) |  Conference papers |  Reports | 

Articles in journals

Sjödin, D. & Roman, C. (2018). Family practises among Swedish parents: extracurricular activities and social class. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, 20 (5), 764-784.
Roman, C. (2014). Children and risk: a qualitative study on Swedish IT specialists' transition to parenthood. Families, Relationships and Societies, 3 (3), 443-457.
Ahlberg [Alsarve], J. , Roman, C. & Duncan, S. (2008). Actualizing the 'democratic family'?: Swedish policy rhetoric versus family practices. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State and Society, 15 (1), 79-100.
Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2008). Construction(s) of Swedish family policy, 1930-2000. Journal of Family History, 33 (2), 216-236.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2007). Diversity and divisions in the Swedish disability movement: disability, gender and social justice. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 9 (1), 26-45.
Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2003). Önska, välja och vilja: om beslutet att skaffa barn. Sociologisk forskning (1), 12-34.
Ahrne, G. & Roman, C. (2000). Travail domestique et rapports de pouvoir entre les sexes. Cahiers du Genre, 27, 133-159.
Roman, C. (1999). Familjelivets organisering: ekonomiska resurser, kön och manlig dominans. Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, 20 (1), 3-20.
Roman, C. (1999). Inte av kärlek allena: makt i hemarbetets fördelning. Sociologisk forskning, 36 (1), 33-52.
Roman, C. & Vogler, C. (1999). Managing money in British and Swedish households. European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, 1 (3), 419-456.

Articles, book reviews

Roman, C. (2002). Läkarprofessionens feminisering: Ett köns- och makt perspektiv. Margreth Nordgren. Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift (2-3), 115-119.

Books

Alsarve, J. , Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2017). Ensamma mammor: Dilemman, resurser, strategier (1ed.). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2012). Kamper i handikapprörelsen: resurser, erkännande, representation (1ed.). Umeå: Boréa Bokförlag.
Roman, C. & Peterson, H. (2011). Familjer i tiden: förhandling, kön och gränslöst arbete (1ed.). Umeå: Boréa Bokförlag.
Roman, C. & Peterson, H. (2011). Familjer i tiden: förhandling, kön och gränslöst arbete. Umeå: Borea.
Ahrne, G. , Roman, C. & Franzén, M. (2008). Det sociala landskapet: en sociologisk beskrivning av Sverige från 1950-talet till början av 2000-talet (4ed.). Göteborg: Korpen.
Roman, C. (1994). Lika på olika villkor: könssegregering i kunskapsföretag (1ed.). Stehag: Symposion graduale.

Chapters in books

Alsarve, J. , Boye, K. & Roman, C. (2019). Realized plans or revised dreams? Swedish parents’ experiences of care, parental leave and paid work after childbirth. In: Daniela Grunow, Marie Evertsson, New parents in Europe: work-care practices, gender norms and family policies (pp. 68-86). . Edward Elgar Publishing.
Roman, C. (2016). Att hinna, att orka, att göra rätt. In: J. Alsarve, Å. Lundqvist, C. Roman, Ensamma mammor: Dilemman, resurser, strategier (pp. 37-60). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
Alsarve, J. , Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2016). Dilemman, resurser, strategier. In: J. Alsarve, Å. Lundqvist, C. Roman, Ensamma mammor: Dilemman, resurser, strategier (pp. 147-161). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
Alsarve, J. , Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2016). Inledning. In: J. Alsarve, Å. Lundqvist, C. Roman, Ensamma mammor: Dilemman, resurser, strategier (pp. 9-16). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
Alsarve, J. & Roman, C. (2016). Metod och metodologiska överväganden. In: J. Alsarve, Å. Lundqvist, C. Roman, Ensamma mammor: Dilemman, resurser, strategier (pp. 179-185). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
Roman, C. (2016). Resurser och skillnadsskapande processer. In: J. Alsarve, Å. Lundqvist, C. Roman, Ensamma mammor: Dilemman, resurser, strategier (pp. 61-99). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB.
Alsarve, J. , Boye, K. & Roman, C. (2016). The crossroads of equality and biology: The child’s best interests and constructions of motherhood and fatherhood in Sweden. In: D. Grunow, M. Evertsson, Couples' Transition to Parenthood: Analysing Gender and Work in Europe (pp. 79-100). . Edward Elgar Publishing.
Roman, C. (2014). Vem ska vara hemma, när och varför?: förhandlingar om föräldraledighetens fördelning. In: Katarina Boye & Magnus Nermo, Lönsamt arbete: familjeansvarets fördelning och konsekvenser (pp. 63-94). Stockholm: Fritzes.
Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2010). The institutionalization of family and gender equality policies in the Swedish welfare state. In: Janet Fink, Åsa Lundqvist, Changing relations of welfare: family, gender and migration in Britain and Sweden (pp. 65-86). Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate.
Roman, C. (2010). Transforming social justice claims into matters of public resonsibility: the case of gender and ethnicity in Sweden. In: Jan-Magnus Enelo-Jansson, Katarzyna Jezierska, Bernt Gustavsson, Altering politics: democracy from the legal, educational and social perspectives (pp. 149-166). Örebro: Örebro universitet.
Roman, C. & Udehn, L. (2009). Inledning. In: Christine Roman, Lars Udehn, Från klass till organisation: en resa genom det sociala landskapet (pp. 5-20). Malmö: Liber.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2009). Kollektiva resurser, dilemman och lösa kopplingar. In: Från klass till organisation: en resa genom det sociala landskapet (pp. 152-169). Malmö: Liber.
Lundqvist, Å. & Roman, C. (2009). Politiska regleringar och akademisk diskurs: svensk familjepolitik under 70 år. In: Janet Fink, Åsa Lundqvist, Välfärd, genus och familj (pp. 89-114). Malmö: Liber.
Roman, C. (2008). Academic discourse, social policy and the construction of new families. In: Kari Melby, Anna-Birte Ravn and Christina Carlsson Wetterberg, Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia: the limits of political ambition? (pp. 101-116). Bristol: Policy Press.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2007). Rörelser, representation och korsande maktordningar. In: Mikael Carleheden, Rolf Lidskog, Christine Roman, Social interaktion: förutsättningar och former (pp. 225-239). Malmö: Liber.
Ekström, M. , Gidlund, G. , Roman, C. & von Wright, M. (2006). Inledning. In: Mats Ekström..., Om demokratins villkor 1 (pp. 7-28). Örebro: Örebro universitet.
Carleheden, M. , Lidskog, R. & Roman, C. (2006). Inledning. In: Mikael Carleheden, Rolf Lindskog, Christine Roman, Social interaktion: förutsättningar och former (pp. 11-16). Malmö: Liber.
Ahlberg [Alsarve], J. & Roman, C. (2006). Uppkomsten av en demokratisk familj?: Teori, politik, praktik. In: Mats Ekström ..., Om demokratins villkor: 2 (pp. 77-109). Örebro: Örebro universitet.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2005). Rättvisekrav och organisering. In: Berth Danermark, Sociologiska perspektiv på funktionshinder och handikapp (pp. 123-146). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Ahrne, G. & Roman, C. (2003). Power and gender in the organization of housework in Sweden. In: Carl le Grand, Toshiko Tsukaguchi-le Grand, Women in Japan and Sweden: work and family in two welfare regimes (pp. 183-201). Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell International.
Roman, C. (2003). Sociologiska perspektiv på "familjen": från "komplementära könsroller" till "den rena relationen". In: Margareta Bäck-Wiklund, Thomas Johansson, Nätverksfamiljen (pp. 40-62). Stockholm: Natur och kultur.
Roman, C. (2002). Familjen i ekonomin – ekonomin i familjen: könsteoretiska perspektiv. In: Göran Ahrne, Richard Swedberg, Ekonomin i samhället: ekonomsociologiska perspektiv (pp. 45-71). Lund: Studentlitteratur.
Roman, C. (1995). Nya organisationer, gamla problem: om jämställdhet i kunskapsföretag. In: Lennart Svensson, Pal Orban, Människan i tjänstesamhället (pp. 232-259). Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Collections (editor)

Roman, C. (ed.) & Udehn, L. (ed.) (2009). Från klass till organisation: en resa genom det sociala landskapet (1ed.). Malmö: Liber.
Carleheden, M. (ed.) , Lidskog, R. (ed.) & Roman, C. (ed.) (2007). Social interaktion: förutsättningar och former (1ed.). Malmö: Liber.
Ekström, M. (ed.) , Carleheden, M. (ed.) , Gidlund, G. (ed.) , Gustavsson, B. (ed.) , Horgby, B. (ed.) , Ljungvall, L. (ed.) , Roman, C. (ed.) & von Wright, M. (ed.) (2006). Om demokratins villkor: volym 1 (1ed.). Örebro: Örebro universitet (Conditions of democracy 1).

Conference papers

Roman, C. (2016). Between money and love: Dilemmas in the everyday lives of low income lone mothers in Sweden. Paper presented at 8th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR), Dortmund, Germany, August 31 - September 3, 2016.
Roman, C. & Alsarve [Ahlberg], J. (2014). Lone mothers and long hours: work-family conflict in the everyday lives of lone mothers in Sweden. Paper presented at XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology: Yokohama Research Committee: Work, Women, Class and Care: Working Women in Contemporary European Cities, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19 July, 2014.
Roman, C. (2013). Struggling to manage in a changing economy: a qualitative study on lone mothers in Sweden. Paper presented at The CRFR International Conference – Researching Families and Relationships, Edinburgh, UK, June 10-13, 2013.
Alsarve [Ahlberg], J. & Roman, C. (2013). Working it out: strategies to reconcile paid work and family among Swedish lone mothers. Paper presented at Rethinking agency: Acting in practice, acting together, Bradford, UK, November 14-15, 2013.
Roman, C. (2012). Children and risk: IT specialists’ transition to parenthood. In: 26th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association. Paper presented at 26th Conference of the Nordic Sociological Association, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 15-18, 2012.
Roman, C. (2012). Family-friendly flexibility?: Work and family articulation in the Swedish IT sector. Paper presented at Sociologidagarna, Stockholm, Sweden, March 15-17, 2012.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2011). Fighting discrimination: the creation of four ombudsman offices in Sweden. Paper presented at Nordic Sociological Conference.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2010). Från rörelsekrav till myndighetsansvar: exemplet JämO och DO. Paper presented at Sociologförbundets årsmöte i Halmstad, 11-12 mars 2010.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2010). Transforming social justice claims into matters of public responsibility: the case of gender and ethnicity in Sweden. Paper presented at International Conference on Democracy, Human Rights and Social Justice in a New Global Dispension - Challenges and Transformations at UNISA Pretoria, South Africa, 1-3 February 2010.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2009). Rörelsekrav, vetenskap och politik i tillkomsten av JämO, HO, DO och Homo. Paper presented at Sociologförbundets årsmöte, Uppsala, 5-6 mars 2009.
Roman, C. (2009). Working it out: flexible work, time pressures and negotiated family practices. Paper presented at Work-Life Balance Conference, SULF, Stockholm, September 23, 2009.
Roman, C. (2009). Working it out: flexible work, time pressures and negotiated family practices. Paper presented at Family change, public policies and birth-rates, Nordic Centre of Excellence: Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model, Strand 2, SFI (Danish National Centre for Research), Copenhagen, November 26-27, 2009.
Roman, C. (2008). Actualising the democratic family. Paper presented at Family, Diversity and Gender, Family Research Committee RC06, The International Sociological Association (ISA). Lisbon, Portugal, September 9-13 2008.
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2006). Diversity and divisions in the Swedish disability movement: disability, gender, and social justice. Paper presented at The 23rd Nordic Sociological Congress in Turku, Finland, 18 - 20 August 2006.
Roman, C. (2006). Erkännande- och omfördelningskrav i svensk handikapprörelse. Paper presented at 10:e forsknings- och utveklingskonferensen Funktionshinder, vardagsliv, habilitering, Örebro den 4-5 april.
Roman, C. (2005). Academic discourse, social policy and the construction of new families. Paper presented at Gender Equality as a perspective on Welfare. The limits of political ambition , Stiftsgården Åkersberg i Höör, 21-23 september 2005.
Roman, C. (2005). Between science, politics and the market: Swedish family politics, 1970-2000. Paper presented at Family, Gender, and Social Policy, Open university, Milton Keynes, 20-22 January 2005.
Roman, C. (2005). Disability, gender and social justice. Paper presented at NNDR 8th Research Conference, Oslo April, 14-16 2005.
Roman, C. (2005). Rättvisa och organisering. Paper presented at Sociologförbundets årsmöte, februari 2005, Skövde.
Roman, C. (2004). Constructing new families: academic discourse, family politics and gender equality in Sweden. Paper presented at Gender Equality and Economic Relationships in Modern Families’, University of Bergen, October 28-30 2004.

Reports

Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2012). Ombudsmän mot diksriminering: gränsdragning, reglering och homogenisering av myndigheter mot social orättvisa. Örebro: Örebro universitet (Arbetsrapport. Working papers. Sociologins skriftserie, Örebro universitet 3).
Hugemark, A. & Roman, C. (2011). Nya problem, nya lösningar: om tillkomsten av fyra ombudsmän mot diskriminering. Örebro: Örebro universitet (Sociology at Örebro University : work in progress 15).
Roman, C. (1992). Yrkesliv och familjeliv: en studie av kvinnor i arbetslivet. Uppsala: Uppsala University (Research reports from the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University 1992:1).
Roman, C. (1990). Könsskillnader och patriarkala strukturer: segregeringen på arbetsmarknaden : en litteraturstudie. Uppsala: Uppsala universitet (Research reports from the Department of Sociology, Uppsala University 1990:1).