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Project: Youth with war experiences in institutional care

The purpose of the study is to analyse narratives by young people that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and been taken into custody and placed in institutions.

Project information

Name
Youth with war experiences in institutional care. A sociological study of young immigrants' stigma and social comparisons.
Project manager
Goran Basic
Timetable
2016-
Subject
Pedagogy, sociology, social work, social psychology (Department of Pedagogy and Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences)

More about the project

In war situations civilians are often direct targets of – and sometimes even participants in – acts of war. Young people who have escaped war have directly or indirectly been involved in the war and as a result of this they will probably be affected over a large part or the rest of their life.

The purpose of the study is to analyse narratives by young people that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and been taken into custody and placed in institutions. The theoretical perspective is determined from an ethno-methodological influenced interactionism. Special attention will be given to the social comparisons and stories about stigma and victimization which are expressed in the interviews.

Material of the study is gathered through qualitative oriented interviews with youngsters with war experience in institutional care. Interviews with staff of the institutions is also to analyse how the organization of the possible treatment of these young people is manifested.