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Sofia Littmarck



MA in Social Science and Cultural Studies, Linköping university, 2010.

Other undergraduate studies: ethnology and literary studies, Lund University.

I have earlier worked at an anti-discrimination bureau and have since 2011 been a PhD student at Child Studies.

Research interests

  • Welfare and family policy
  • Contemporary and historical notions of childhood, parenthood and family
  • Citizenship and the transformation of the welfare state

Ongoing research

In my PhD project I have analysed welfare and family policies with a focus on the political debate about parent education and parenting support from the 1960s until the 2000s. I have studied how different perspectives on the relations between children, parents and the welfare state as well as on how welfare for children and families should be organised, builds the argumentation.


Family policy, parent education, parenting support, children, parenthood


Littmarck, Sofia (2017) Children, Parents, Welfare state: The political debate about parent education and parenting support 1964-2009, Diss. (Linköping: Linköpings universitet)

Littmarck, Sofia (2014) Review of Helena Johansson & Margareta Bäck-Wiklund (ed.) (2012) Att fostra familjen - en grundbok om styrning, föräldraskap och socialtjänst, in Sociologisk Forskning no 2 2014

Littmarck, Sofia (2013) Review of Anne Lise Ellingsӕter & Karin Widerberg (ed.) (2012) Velferdsstatens Familier. Nye sosiologiske perspektiver, in Barn 2013:1

Littmarck, Sofia (2012) Hur görs barn, barndom och föräldraskap i de statliga satsningarna på stöd till föräldrar? En diskursanalys av den samtida politiken kring föräldrastöd, Research Report on Childhood and the Study of Children 2012:9 Tema Barn, Linköpings universitet

Conference papers

Children's Mental Health as a Recurring Problem. Parenting education and Support policies in Sweden 1964-2008. ESSHC - European Social Science History Conference, 23-26th of April 2014 Vienna, Austria.

Addressing the Parent: Parenting support and the transformation of the welfare state in Sweden. Parenting and Personhood: Cross-Cultural perspectives on family-life, expertise, and risk management, 22-25th of June 2016 Canterbury, UK. 



PHD researcher

Telephone: 013-28 29 19
Fax: 013-28 29 00

E-mail: sofia.littmarck@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child Studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping



About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

About Tema

The objective for Tema - The Department of Thematic Studies is to pursue excellent research and education at undergraduate and advanced levels relevant to society.

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