Mellan två världar : om utanförskap och mellanförskap

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Malmö universitet/Institutionen för socialt arbete (SA)

Sammanfattning: Immigrant men often appear in discussions about crime and exclusion in the Swedish social debate. The purpose of this study was therefore to illustrate voices from individuals who have experiences of exclusion in relation to immigration to Sweden and establishment in Swedish society. Immigrant men’s experiences of exclusion and in-betweenness have been main issues in this study. The material chosen for this study are five autobiographical works in order to provide us with the authors' own descriptions of their experiences. Thematic analysis has been used as a method to be able to bring out the overall common experiences that appear in the books by presenting them as different themes. Erving Goffman's theories of stigma and self-presentation are used to explain experiences of feeling outside and in-between two countries that are made up of different cultural norms and societal structures. We found that the authors share similar experiences of exclusion and in-betweenness. The authors find themselves in alienation during a period of their lives because they are in a new context and differ in relation to the majority. It is also connected with the in-betweenness that we understand as having one foot in two worlds which is called liminality, a social transition the authors go through when they start to find themselves in a new context. The exclusion takes place on two fronts, in relation to their countrymen and the Swedish where the authors find themselves in an in-between state.

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