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A Stranger in My Homeland


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Éditeur : Mid Sweden University Date & Lieu : 2010, Östersund
Préface : Pages : 266
Traduction : ISBN : 978-91-86073-80-0
Langue : AnglaisFormat : 210x297 mm
Thème : Thèses

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A Stranger in My Homeland

A Stranger in My Homeland

This dissertation examines how young people with Kurdish backgrounds form their identity in Sweden with regards to processes of inclusion and exclusion. It also sheds light on the ways these young people deal with ethnic discrimination and racism. Further, the study outlines the importance of these social processes for the discipline of social work and the ways social workers can work with disadvantaged and marginalized groups and endorse their struggle for social justice and full equal citizenship beyond racist and discriminatory practices. The empirical analysis is built on interviews with 28 young men and women with Kurdish backgrounds in Sweden. Postcolonial theory, belonging and identity formation constitute the central conceptual framework of this study...


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Contents
Acknowledgments / 1

Chapter 1
The historical and political framework of the study / 3
Introduction / 5
The main aim and research questions of the study / 10
Migration and structural inequalities in Sweden / 14
Youth identity, culturalization and social work / 17
Kurdish experiences of otherness and resistance in the Middle East / 30
The organization of the dissertation / 37

Chapter 2
Method and Methodological Considerations / 41
Introduction / 43
Constructionism and researching identity / 43
Experience as a mediated site of knowledge / 47
Sampling and sites /49
The research interview and ethical considerations / 53
Qualitative content analysis / 57
Researcher and research participants: representation, power relations and identity / 60

Chapter 3
Theoretical Perspectives / 69
Introduction / 71
Postcolonialism, intersectionality and subjectivity / 72
Racialized immigrants, stigma and modes of resistance / 79
Identity formation, belonging and citizenship / 88
Nationalism, gender and ethnosexual frontiers / 96

Chapter 4
Historical injustices and politics of denial and recognition / 103
Introduction / 105
“In Sweden I have a two meter long Kurdish flag in my balcony” / 105
The politics of denial and recognition in everyday life / 110
Islam as a contested Kurdish identity / 115
Enacting and justifying a Kurdish nationalist project / 121
Summary / 127

Chapter 5
Unequal citizenship and strategies of dealing with ethnic discrimination in Sweden / 131
Introduction / 133
“If I was accepted as a Swede, why do you think that I am talking about colouring my hair and eyes” / 133
The power of stigmatization and belonging / 141
The quest for positive visibility and success / 146
The magic of return and the fleeting condition of homeliness & homeland / 150
Unrealized promises of citizenship rights / 156
Dealing with ethnic discrimination and racism / 164
Summary /175

Chapter 6
Multiple belongings: Intersection of gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationalism / 179
Introduction / 181
Subordinated femininities and masculinities / 182
The stigma of “honor-killing”: Kurds in Swedish Eyes / 185
Responding to racist representations / 193
The “imports” and internal otherisation among young Kurds / 198
Marriage strategies, political boundaries and racism / 202
Summary / 214

Chapter 7
Discussion and Conclusions / 217
Politics of belonging and challenges for social work / 219

References / 239




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