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Rakel Berman

Senior lecturer

Rakel Berman
Senior lecturer

Postal Address: Box 720, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 41123 Göteborg

Department of Social Work (More Information)
Box 720
405 30 Göteborg
Fax: +46 31 786 1888
Visiting Address: Sprängkullsgatan 25 , 411 23 Göteborg

About Rakel Berman

Professional background
Previous to my doctoral studies I have been working as a social worker. My professional focus has been mainly on social work practice with adolescents and their families.

Research interests

  • Dual residence / shared residence / joint physical custody
  • Post-divorce childhood and the post-separation care of children
  • Family practices
  • Children and childhood
  • Families and relationships
  • Changing family forms

PhD project
Children’s Experiences of Dual Residence in Sweden

Dual-residence arrangements, where children split their time equally between their divorced or separated parents, have increased in many western countries in recent times.
This study explores Swedish co-parented children’s narratives about their residential arrangements and dual-residence practices. The aim is to explore these children’s day-to-day experiences of sharing their time between two households. It focuses on how the children actively participate in the process of shaping family life and their own childhoods in the context of family change. How do they frame their family life, their leisure and their friendships while belonging to two families and moving between two households? How do they take part in decision making related to their living arrangement?

The study is based on qualitative in-depth interviews with about 20 co-parented children aged nine to eighteen. The starting point is a perspective where children are seen as social actors, involved in interactions, negotiations and the construction of their social worlds. The theoretical framework is based on childhood sociology, as well as the theoretical concepts of participation, family practices and doing family.

Latest publications

Children in Motion: Everyday Life Across Two Homes
Rakel Berman
Families in Motion: Ebbing and Flowing Through Space and Time, Bingley, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Chapter in book 2019
Chapter in book

Swedish children’s narratives about growing up in shared residence
Rakel Berman
International Conference on Shared Parenting , 9-11 July 2014, Bonn, Germany, Conference contribution 2014
Conference contribution

Children’s narratives about growing up in shared residence: participation, negotiation and care
Rakel Berman
The 11th conference of the European Network for the Sociological and Demographic Study of Divorce, Conference contribution 2013
Conference contribution

Children's voices about shared residence: New demands in everyday life
Rakel Berman
Life-Course Transitions after Separation, Berlin 4-5 juli 2013, Poster 2013

Children's Experiences of Joint Physical Custody: the Swedish Case
Rakel Berman
CFR seminar 'New Family Forms Following Family Dissolution: Consequences in/on Postmodern Society'. 12-14 september 2012, Leuven, Belgien., Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Shared Residence in Sweden; Children’s Experiences of Sharing their Time between two Households
Rakel Berman
The Centre for the Study of Childhood and Youth 4th International Conference: “Celebrating Childhood Diversity” . 9-11 juli 2012, Sheffield, England, Conference paper 2012
Conference paper

Får jag vara med och bestämma? Om växelvis boende och barns delaktighet
Rakel Berman
Barnkonventionen på riktigt. Tema-konferens om barnkonventionen, Nätverket barnkonventionen, Göteborg den 20/11 2012. , Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

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Barns och ungas erfarenheter av att bo växelvis: Att dela sin vardag mellan två hem
Rakel Berman
”Föräldrar i vår tid - föräldraskap, föräldrastöd och familjers villkor”, Göteborg den 15/11 2012, Conference contribution 2012
Conference contribution

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