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Interpreting vulnerabilities facing women in urban life : a case study in Madrid, Spain (2021)

Gómez, M. V., & Kuronen, M. (2021). Interpreting vulnerabilities facing women in urban life : a case study in Madrid, Spain. In M. Kuronen, E. Virokannas, & U. Salovaara (Eds.), Women, Vulnerabilities and Welfare Service Systems (pp. 39-52). Routledge. Routledge Advances in Social Work. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429276910-5

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Gómez, M. Victoria; Kuronen, Marjo

Parent publication: Women, Vulnerabilities and Welfare Service Systems

Parent publication editors: Kuronen, Marjo; Virokannas, Elina; Salovaara, Ulla

ISBN: 978-0-367-22802-6

eISBN: 978-0-429-27691-0

Journal or series: Routledge Advances in Social Work

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 39-52

Number of pages in the book: 186

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon, Oxon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429276910-5

Publication open access: Not open

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The chapter analyses interpretations of vulnerable life situations that women face in a large city in different settings, in local policymaking, welfare service system and in women’s daily lives, by presenting a case study from Madrid, the capital city of Spain. Three datasets are used in this analysis: local policy documents, interviews with women in one of Madrid’s central neighbourhoods and interviews with professionals from the local welfare services. The findings indicate that even if the interpretations of local policymaking, welfare professionals and women themselves differ, vulnerabilities are connected with social structures and economic conditions instead of being interpreted as characteristics of individual women or specific groups of women. The findings further emphasise the importance of (female) family relations and social support but also other social ties in protecting women from and in vulnerable life situations. The question remains as to what extent these vulnerabilities are specifically urban, which requires further intersection of research on vulnerabilities and social welfare with the sociological research on urban life and urban environments.

Keywords: welfare services; social services; women; woman's status; life situation; social policy; societal policy; welfare state

Free keywords: Finland

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

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