Ralf Lottmann

Dr Ralf Lottmann


Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow
Dipl. Soz.; MSc; PhD
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Academic and research departments

Department of Sociology, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Biography

My qualifications

PhD
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany
2006
MSc Gerontology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
2002
Diploma in Sociology
Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Academic networks

Research

Research interests

My publications

Publications

Lottmann, Ralf & Kollak, Ingrid (2018). Eine diversitätssensible Pflege für schwule und lesbische Pflegebedürftige – Ergebnisse des Forschungsprojekts GLESA. (A Diversity-sensitive Long-term Care for Gay and Lesbian Elders in Need of Care – Results of the research project GLESA). In: International Journal of Health Professions, 5(1): 53–63, DOI: 10.2478/ijhp-2018-0005
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This paper presents results of the research project "Gleichgeschlechtliche Lebensweisen und Selbstbestimmung im Alter" (GLESA) by the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin, and the Berlin School of Economics and Law concerning the needs of gay and lesbian elders regarding long-term care. The main focus is on the expectations and perceptions of long-term care (facilities) of the interviewees living in a gay housing project in Berlin, Germany. The study is based on 26 interviews: with eleven gay, one lesbian and three heterosexual tenants - two of them lived in a shared community with long-term care services. Another eleven interviews were conducted with experts (five cis-female, four cis-male and two transgender) working in social and health services (social workers, carers and psychologists). The data was gathered via problem-centered interviews (Witzel 2000) and analysed with Mayrings' (2007) qualitative content analysis. Long-term care aspects were one out of five dimensions of the analysis. The study illustrates the discomfort of LGB elders regarding regular care services. The interviewees prefer LGB(T*I)-friendly facilities, in part because they demonstrate overt signs of diversity and promise a high competence of LGB(T*I) personnel in terms of self-determination, awareness, visibility and knowledge about LGBT*I communities. Finally, the authors advocate enhancing the concept of culturesensitive long-term care according to diversity-sensitive aspects. A better understanding of diversity will help to better consider individuality and biographies in long-term care (facilities) and to support the social inclusion of LGB(T*I) elders in need of care.
Lottmann, Ralf (2017). Care.Wirtschaft.Krise. »Perspektiven aus Theorie und Praxis«. (Care.Economy.Crisis. »Perspectives on Theory and Practise«). Feministische Studien, 35(2): 383-386. doi:10.1515/fs-2017-0044
Bochow, Michael & Lottmann, Ralf (2016). Altern schwule Männer anders? Einige Spezifika ihrer Beziehungskonstellationen und sozialen Netzwerke. (Do Gay Men Age Differently? Characteristics of their Relationship Patterns and Social Networks).
In: Psychotherapie im Alter. Gießen, 273-286.
Lottmann, Ralf; Lowenstein, Ariela and Katz, Ruth (2013). A German-Israeli comparison of informal and formal service use among aged 75+. In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology 28(2): 121-136.
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The paper focuses on filial norms and attitudes of older people about the care system of welfare states. It is a further investigation of the OASIS cross national study and examines three questions: First, what do older people in Israel and Germany consider to be the proper balance between the family and the welfare state regarding elder care? Second, what are the responsibilities of the family, the welfare state and other caregivers? Third, in what way do values, filial norms and personal resources relate to actual service use? The empirical data is based on information gathered from respondents living in Israel and Germany, aged 75+. The results of the study indicate that familial help has not been fully replaced by welfare state services. These findings support the complementary perspective. The results also show that most respondents favour a shared responsibility between the welfare state and the family. The findings indicate that familial norms are stable and strong as expressed by elders in both countries. The health situation is the main factor for receiving welfare services and familial help in Israel. In Germany the strong effect of living alone for receipt of welfare services underscores the influence of older adults' social and personal resources on actual service use. The article discusses the findings referring to the importance of a combined mix of the different sources of help for social policy implications.
Lottmann, Ralf (2013). Bildung im Alter – für alle? Altersbilder, Ziele und Strukturen in der nachberuflichen Bildung in Deutschland und den USA. (Education for the Elderly – Is it for Everybody? Images of Age, Objectives and Infrastructures of Older Adult Education in Germany and the US)
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Die vorliegende Studie untersucht auf der Basis aktueller Zahlen des Mikrozensus, wer an Bildungsangeboten im Alter ab 55 Jahren teilnimmt, was die Hemmnisse für ein lebenslanges Lernen sind und wie sich soziale Ungleichheit in der Bildungspartizipation über die gesamte Lebensspanne verfestigt. Interviews mit deutschen und US-amerikanischen Expertinnen und Experten machen Altersbilder bei Lehrenden sowie deren Einfluss auf die Ziele nachberuflicher Bildung sichtbar. Sie zeigen, wie die Interviewten ihre eigene Arbeit und die Situation der Altenbildung bewerten und welche Möglichkeiten (aber auch Grenzen) für innovative Ansätze in der Erwachsenenbildung mit älteren Menschen bestehen. Die Arbeit diskutiert die Vor- und Nachteile der jeweiligen Bildungsstrukturen in Deutschland und den USA und gibt wichtige Hinweise auf Entwicklungspotenziale in der nachberuflichen Bildung.
Castro Varela, María do Mar & Lottmann, Ralf (2018). Altenpflege – die letzte weiße deutsche heterosexuelle Bastion? Eine Vielfaltskritik. (Long-term Care – the Last White German Heterosexual Bastion? A Critical Review on Diversity) In: Deutscher Verein für öffentliche und private Fürsorge e.V. (Ed.). Vielfalt und Zusammenhalt: zwei Konzepte auf dem Prüfstand. Archiv für Wissenschaft und Praxis der sozialen Arbeit 2/2018. Lambertus-Verlag, 80-89
https://www.deutscher-verein.de/de/der-buchshop-des-dv-archiv-1564.html?PAGE=artikel_detail&artikel_id=228
Lottmann, Ralf (2017). Stichwort „Teilhabe im Alter“. (Keyword „Participation in Old Age“). In: DIE Zeitschrift für Erwachsenenbildung (2017) 4, S. 20-21. http://www.die-bonn.de/id/35698
Lottmann, Ralf (2016). Mehr als ein Leuchtturm? Der ‚Lebensort Vielfalt‘ – ein Wohnprojekt für ältere Schwule, Lesben und Heterosexuelle. (More Than a Lighthouse? The “Place of Diversity” – a Housing Project for Gays, Lesbians and Heterosexuals).
In: Lottmann, R.; Lautmann, R.; Castro Varela, M.d.M. (Ed.). Homosexualität_en und Alter – Ergebnisse aus Forschung und Praxis. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 86-110
Lottmann, Ralf & Castro Varela, María do Mar (2016). LSBT*I (k)ein Thema für die Altersforschung – Ausgewählte Befunde eines Forschungsprojekts. (LGBT – a Subject for Gerontology? Results of a research project). In: Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen (Eds.): informationsdienst altersfragen. Bd. 43 (1), 12-20
https://www.dza.de/fileadmin/dza/pdf/Heft_01_2016_Januar_Februar_2016_kurz.pdf
Lottmann, Ralf & Lautmann, Rüdiger (2016). „Queer und Alter(n) - zum Forschungsstand“. (Queer and Age(ing) - current state of research)
In: Schmidt, F.; Schondelmayer, A.-C.; Schröder, U. B. (Ed.). Selbstbestimmung und Anerkennung sexueller und geschlechtlicher Vielfalt. Lebenswirklichkeiten, Forschungsergebnisse und Bildungsbausteine. Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 337-354
Bochow, Michael, Drewes, Jochen, Lottmann, Ralf (2016). Zur Lebenssituation älterer schwuler Männer – Ergebnisse aus den Wiederholungsbefragungen ‚Schwule Männer und HIV/AIDS’. (The Situation of Older Gay Men – Results of the Survey ‘Gay Men and HIV/AIDS’). In: Lottmann, R.; Lautmann, R.; Castro Varela, M. (Ed.). Homosexualität_en und Alter(n). Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 147-161
Linschoten, Manon, Lottmann, Ralf, Lauscher, Frédéric (2016). »The Pink Passkey®« – ein Zertifikat für die Verbesserung der Akzeptanz von LSBT*I-Pflegebedürftigen in Pflegeeinrichtungen. (»The Pink Passkey®« Certification for an Improved Acceptance of LGBT elders in Need in Long-term Care Facilities). In: Lottmann, R.; Lautmann, R.; Castro Varela, M. (Eds.): Lottmann, R.; Lautmann, R.; Castro Varela, M.d.M. (Ed.). Homosexualität_en und Alter(n). Wiesbaden: Springer VS, 233-241
Lottmann, Ralf (2018). LSBT*I-Senior*innen in der Pflege: Zu Relevanz und Besonderheiten sozialer Netzwerke und der Arbeit mit Angehörigen (LGBT*I Older Adults needing Long-term Care: The Relevance and Attributes of Social Networks in Work with Caregivers). In: Pflege & Gesellschaft 23(3), 228-244
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This paper focuses on the social relationships of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex (LGBTI) older adults needing long-term care and partnership work with caregivers in care settings. The author demonstrates why working with caregivers is particularly important with this group of older adults, who, in comparison to their heterosexual peers, are more likely to be childless, single and to live alone. The qualitative analysis is based on eight biographic-narrative interviews with people in need of care. The results show how constructions of sexual identities and the development of social networks over the life course shape the lives of LGBT*I older adults who are in need of care. The paper highlights the challenges of partnership working with caregivers in long-term care that takes into account the diverse sexual and gender identities of LGBT*I older adults, as well as the relevance of family of choice. The author problematizes heteronormativity in long term care and makes recommendations for future action.
Kenel, Philipp; Gather, Claudia & Lottmann, Ralf (2018). „Das war noch nie Thema hier, noch nie!“ Sexuelle Vielfalt in der Altenpflege – Perspektiven für ein Diversity Management („This has never been addressed here, ever!“ Sexual Diversity in Long-term Care – Perspectives for Diversity Management). In: Pflege & Gesellschaft 23(3), 211-227
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Abstract: Under the banner of Diversity Management (DM), Economics and Business Studies have conceptualised human diversity within society as a valuable resource for companies. The concept of DM is therefore gaining popularity within human resources across different sectors – also within long-term care. This paper examines the general (theoretical) approach of DM within everyday practices in long-term care facilities, focusing on the case of ‘sexual diversity’. We investigate specific situations in which sexual diversity becomes an ‘issue’ in order to explore specific aspects of the sector (long-term care) and of the targeted diversity ‘dimension’ of sexual diversity, reflecting on important aspects for potential Diversity Management programmes. For this purpose, we analysed problem-centred interviews with managers of different care facilities. It could be demonstrated that a lack of institutional DM measures may cause uncertainty for staff members within their everyday operations. In the discussion, we comment on specific characteristics of Diversity Management within (long-term) care and for the ‘dimension’ of sexual diversity, which seem relevant for implementing adequate measures. In sum, diversity measures seem helpful within the context of care services, however, particular features of this sector need to be taken into careful consideration, such as the relationships between staff and clients. In addition, there can be potential risks for members of staff, such as being ‘outed’ by a third party.
Lottmann, Ralf; Lautmann, Rüdiger; Castro Varela, María do Mar (Ed.) (2016). Homosexualität_en und Alter(n). (Homosexualities and Ageing) Wiesbaden: Springer VS