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    What about the fathers? The presence and absence of the father in social work practice in England, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden-A comparative study
    (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2018-07-19) Nygren, Karina; Walsh, Julie; Ellingsen, Ingunn T.; Christie, Alastair; Seventh Framework Programme
    Within Northern Europe, gendered roles and responsibilities within the family have been challenged through an emergence of different family forms, increasing cultural diversity, and progressive developments in welfare policies. To varying degrees, welfare policies in different countries support a dual-earner model and encourage men to be more active as fathers by reinforcing statutory rights and responsibilities. In child welfare practice, there has traditionally been a strong emphasis on the mother as primary carer for the child; the father has been less visible. This paper explores, in four national welfare contexts, how child welfare social workers include fathers in practice decisions. Data were collected using focus group interviews with social workers from England, Ireland, Norway, and Sweden. Similarities and differences emerge in relation to services and the focus of social work assessments. However, overall, the research suggests that despite gains in policy and legislation that promote gender equality, fathers remain largely absent in child welfare practice decisions about the parenting of their children. From the research, we raise questions for social work practice and the development of welfare policies.
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    Book review: After the Gig
    (American Anthropological Association (AAA), 2021-06-03) MacQuarie, Julius-Cezar
    A review of the 2020 book by Juliet Schor, published by University of California Press.
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    Martial arts and mental health
    (Contemporary Psychotherapy, 2010) MacQuarie, Julius-Cezar; Roberts, Ron
    The field of psychotherapy has seen a renaissance of mindfulness, the practice of being in the present moment without judgement. Scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness helps to counter Depression and has a beneficial effect on the brain. The martial arts of Eastern origin, which work directly with the body, are as old as mindfulness; can they too be beneficial for mental health?
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    Half-in, half-out: Roma and Non-Roma Romanians with limited rights working and travelling in the European Union
    (CPS, Central European University, 2014-08) MacQuarie, Julius-Cezar; Seventh Framework Programme
    January 2007, was a turning point for Romania and certain changes have taken place during the six years since its integration in the European Union (EU). This working paper addresses some of the key issues in relation to the process of Europeanisation that have affected the patterns in the everyday lives of Roma and non-Roma community travelling to live and work in London in the past seven years. In the context of Romania‟s accession to the European Union, this paper shows that „being European‟ applies differently to citizens of old vs. new member states. The paper also analyses critically public perceptions, political and media class-based discourses practiced in old EU member states to show how these backlash against new EU member states‟ citizens, such as Romanian Roma and non-Roma. Findings reveal paradoxes – the utopian dream that all European citizens should have free-movement in the EU fades away in the face of everyday life of the Romanian citizens abroad. More so, this fundamental right has been denied to those who represent the concept of Europeaness, the Roma people. January 2014 however, starts a new phase for Romanian citizens, but their rights to free-movemnet are threatened in the uncertain future as new reforms of the EU Treaty are proposed to make the fundamental freedom of movement in Europe, less free.
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    Invisible denizens: What posibilities are left for solidarity amongst migrant workers in the nocturnal city of London
    (St. Gallen: Center for Governance and Culture in Europe, University of St.Gallen, 2017-03) Macaire, Julius-Cezar
    The main theoretical contribution of this paper is to show that the transitional processes from circadian to post-circadian capitalist era have reduced capabilities for sociability of migrant night shift workers. It analyses the three main contributing factors to the corrosion of solidarity amongst migrant denizens: (a) the expansion of the working day into the night; (b) the major alterations of time over time, and the nurturing ground for these changes, (c) global cities, as the nurturing ground for occupational polarization.