DISTANSERING FRÅN KRIMINALITET : En studie om unga vuxna mäns förhållningssätt inom utsatta områden

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Umeå universitet/Sociologiska institutionen; Umeå universitet/Sociologiska institutionen

Sammanfattning: The purpose of this essay is to understand how young adult men experience the environment and the growing conditions that exist in so-called particularly vulnerable areas. And on the basis of these, figure out how they relate to and distance themselves from crime as a way of life. The method used to answer the study's purpose and questions was a qualitative method in which six young adult males aged between 24 - 25 years grown or residing in so-called particularly vulnerable areas were interviewed. The study is based on a thematic analysis with the aim of capturing reflections and experiences. By using semi-structured questions, the respondents were able to contribute with more nuanced answers regarding their reflections and experiences concerning the phenomenon in question. Results showed that the respondents who grew up in these so-called particularly vulnerable areas, experienced worse conditions and fewer opportunities in life comparing to children who grew up in areas with higher socioeconomic status. The respondents relate to their area through strong social friendships and solidarity groups with shared meanings. Within these groups, some respondents feel that there are unwritten rules and norms, such as the way to dress or the way to talk. In order to integrate within these groups, it is usually required to have similar attitudes, common interests and a background from the area to understand the internal symbols and language. Respondents in the so-called particularly vulnerable area later develop a social maturity through a greater consistency thinking and a future thinking. The experience of high expectations from parents, friends and the pursuit of a good self-image are the driving forces to distance themselves from crime. To avoid getting into criminal habits, respondents express that it is essential to have a good education and established schools with resources that can handle the younger ones who run the risk of getting into crime. According to the respondents' experience, you can also distance yourself from crime through sports, hobbies, education, or employment.

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