Title: “Raising a daughter is like watering your neighbour’s garden” - En etnografisk studie kring flickors uppväxt och skapande av identitet utifrån två flickhem i Nepal.

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Göteborgs universitet/Institutionen för socialt arbete

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this study was to examine how young girls shape their identities within aninstitutional environment in Nepal. We aim to highlight the importance of family and how thesocial status of women in Nepal affects the girls’ identity process. The results of the study arebased on empirical material collected through five qualitative interviews with personnel attwo different orphanages in Kathmandu, Nepal. The interviews were of semi-structurednature to provide scope for follow-up questions and discussions. In order to gain a deeperunderstanding, participatory observation was also conducted at both orphanages.The collected material has mainly been analysed based on symbolic interactionism andresearch on the concept of being a family. For a deeper understanding, the theoreticalconcepts of intersectionality have also been used. The results show that family is of greatimportance for the identity. What is evident, however, is the complexity of the family andthat the concept and its meaning can be redefined. The study’s results also demonstrate thatthe social and cultural context in which the girls grow up are important for the developmentof identity.

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