Im/Materiell praktik: Berättelser om etnicitet och klass i ett praktikprogram på ett svenskt företag

Detta är en C-uppsats från Handelshögskolan i Stockholm/Institutionen för företagande och ledning

Sammanfattning: This thesis adopts a critical perspective, and aims to contribute to the current body of research on the status of foreign academics in the Swedish labor market. It draws on an empirical qualitative study on an internship program for foreign academics in a large Swedish corporation, investigating the relationship between the societal and the organizational contexts - the internship program functions as a means to counteract the high unemployment rates among foreign academics in Sweden. Straddling dual ontological perspectives, the study employs critical narrative analysis in its aim to illustrate the contemporary discourses and established structures that are present in the empirical personal narratives, as well as the way in which they influence internship participants. Adopting an emic approach towards empirical findings, the study identifies two salient categories of difference in the narratives, hence introducing an intersectional analysis of class and ethnicity. The analysis reveals that, on an individual level, the experiences of the internship program are intrinsically intermeshed with the experiences within the societal context, i.e. the Swedish labor market. Furthermore, there are indications that a colonial discourse both explicitly and implicitly governs participants' abilities to express a professional identity, placing them in a position characterized by exclusion and an oftentimes, futile mimicry of Swedishness. Analysis within a Bourdieuan framing further reveals the organizational structure as one governed by a certain logic, which partially inhibits the foreign academics from activating their different forms of capitals. Paired with a colonial discourse, this structure impinges both the individual's sense of identity and self-esteem, and well as her or his structural class position.

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