The Globalization of International Migration:

Perspectives on Challenges for Social Gerontological Research

Primary Investigator: Professor Sandra Torres

Grants: Uppsala University’s Faculty of Social Sciences (since 2010) (Between 2007-2012, this project was part of the Research Programme awarded to NISAL, Linköping University by the Swedish Council of Working Life and Social Research)

This project aims to shed light on the effects that the globalization of international migration has on social gerontological research, policy and practice. The project explores the numerous ways through which mainstream social gerontological theory building, policy making and gerontological practice is challenged as well as the possibilities that these phenomena pose. The project focuses on generating contributions to the social gerontological discussion on globalization and international migration through theoretical papers, empirical studies and methodological reflections. Some of the work produced so far has focused on elderly migrants in Sweden while some have had an European point of departure.

Publications (in English and in Swedish):

Torres, S. (2018). Expanding the imagination of care scholarship through studies at the intersection between ageing/ old age and migration. In Ślusarczyk, M; Pustułka, P. & Struzik, J. (eds.). Contemporary Migrant Families: Actors and Issues. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Lawrence, S. & Torres, S. (Eds.) (2016). Older People and Migration: Challenges for Social Work. Routledge.

Karl, U. & Torres, S. (Eds.) (2016). Aging in Contexts of Migration. Routledge.

Bradby, H. & Torres, S. (2016). Public Policy, Immigrant Experiences, and Health Outcomes in Sweden In Raphael, D. (Eds). Immigration, Public Policy, and Health: Newcomer Experiences in Developed Nations. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.

Torres, S &. Karl, U. & (2016). A migration lens on inquiries into aging, old age, elderly care: carving a space while assessing the state of affairs. In Karl, U. & Torres, S. (Eds.) Aging in Contexts of Migration. Routledge.

Torres, S. (2016). At the intersection between an elderly care regime and a migration regime: the Swedish case as an example. In Karl, U. & Torres, S. (Eds.) Aging in Contexts of Migration. Routledge.

Torres, S. (2015). Expanding the gerontological imagination on ethnicity: conceptual and theoretical perspectives. Ageing & Society, 35(5): 935-960.

Torres, S. (2015). Äldre invandrare: den äldreomsorgspolitiska konstruktionen av ett välfärdproblem. In M. Darvishpour & C. Westin (Eds) (2nd). Migration och etnicitet: perspektiv på ett mångkulturellt Sverige. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Torres, S. (2015). Ethnicity, culture and migration. In J. Twigg & W. Martin (Eds.) Handbook of Cultural Gerontology. Routledge.

Torres, S. (2013).Transnationalism and the study of aging and old age. In C. Phellas (ed.) Aging in European Societies. New York: Springer.

Torres, S. (2013). Ett livslopp präglad av migration och social exkludering. In L. Andersson (ed). Socialgerontologi.(2dra ed) Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Torres, S. (2013). Healthy aging among immigrants in Sweden: what we know and need to find out. In A. Scharlach & K. Hoshino (ed). Healthy Aging in Sociocultural Context. New York: Routledge.

Torres, S. &  Lawrence, S. (2012). An introduction to ‘the age of migration’ and its consequences for the field of gerontological social work. European Journal of Social Work, 15(1): 1-7;

Torres, S. (2012). International migration: patterns and implications for exclusion in old age. In T. Scharf & N. C. Keating (Eds). From Exclusion to Inclusion in Old Age: A Global Challenge. University of Bristol: The Policy Press.

Torres, S. (2011). Invandrarskap och hög alder: att åldras i Sverige som invandrare. I M. Ernst-Bravell (red). Äldre och åldrande: en grundlärobok i gerontologi. Stockholm: Gothia Förlag.

Torres, S. (2011). ’Cross-cultural differences in ageing’. In I. Stuart-Hamilton (ed). An Introduction to Gerontology. Cambridge University Press.

Torres, S. (2010). Migration, diversity, ageing and health. Ethnicity & Health, 15(5): 438-439.

Torres, S. (2009). Vignette methodology and culture-relevance: lessons learned through a project on successful aging with Iranian immigrants to Sweden. Journal of cross-cultural gerontology, 24(1): 93-114.

Torres, S. (2008). The age of migration: what does it mean and why should European social gerontologists care? Retraite et Societé (Best of selection 2008), p. 67-90.

Torres, S. (2008). L'ére des migrations: définition et importance pour la gérontologie sociale en Europe. Retraite et Société, 55 : 16-37.

Torres, S. (2006). ‘Elderly immigrants in Sweden: otherness under construction’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies; 32(8): 1341- 1358.

Torres, S. (2006). ‘Culture, migration, inequality and ‘periphery’ in a globalized world: challenges for the study of ethno- and anthropo-gerontology’ In J. Baars, D. Dannefer, C. Phillipson & A. Walker (Eds.) Aging, globalization and inequality: the new critical gerontology. Amityville, NY: Baywood Publishing Company.

Emami, S. & Torres, S. (2005). ‘Making sense of illness: late in life migration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants’ explanatory models of illness. Journal of Immigrant Health, 7(3): 153- 164.

Warnes, A.M., Friedrich, K., Kellaher, L. & Torres, S. (2004). ‘The diversity and welfare of older migrants in Europe’. Ageing & Society; 24(3): 307- 326.

Torres, S. (2004). ‘Late-in-life immigrants in Sweden: who are they and what do they need?’ In T. Warnes (ed.) Older migrants in Europe : essays, projects and resources. (Final report to the European Science Foundation (ESF) from the Research Network on International Migration in Europe: Welfare Policy and Practice Implications for Older People).

Torres, S. (2002). 'Att invandra till Sverige på äldre da'r: anpassningsmöjligheter för 'sent-i-livet' invandrarna' (Post migration adaptation in light of late in life migration: the case of those that migrate to Sweden as elders’). Socialvetenskaplig tidskrift, 4-2: 339-357.

Emami, A. & Torres, S. (2000). ‘Late in life migration as point of departure for elderly Iranian immigrants’ explanatory models of illness’ In A. Emami “We are deaf, though we hear; we are dumb, though we talk; we are blind, though we see”: Understanding Iranian late in life immigrants’ perceptions and experiences of health, illness and culturally appropriate care.  Stockholm, Sweden: Dept. of Clinical Neuroscience, Occupational Therapy and Elderly Care Research, Division of Geriatric Medicine and Center of Elderly Care Research, Karolinska Institute.

Torres, S. (2000). ‘A postmodern ethnogerontology…why not?… what for?’. Contemporary Gerontology, 6(4): 114- 117.

Emami, A; Torres, S; Lipson, J. & Ekman, S-L. (2000). 'An ethnographic study of a day-care center for Iranian Immigrant senior’. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 22(2): 169- 188.