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Wernesjö, U. (2020). Across the threshold: Negotiations of deservingness among unaccompanied young refugees in Sweden. Journal of ethnic and migration studies, 46(2), 389-404
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Across the threshold: Negotiations of deservingness among unaccompanied young refugees in Sweden
2020 (English)In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451, Vol. 46, no 2, p. 389-404Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the aftermath of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015, unaccompanied minors have been depicted as potential threats and challenges to receiving countries in the Swedish public debate. Through narratives of unaccompanied youngsters from 2011 to 2012, this article will illustrate that these youngsters were already struggling with the ambiguous refugee figures of the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ prior to the events of 2015. By studying their narratives, I analyse how deservingness comes into play in how they constitute themselves as subjects. In their narratives, they describe themselves as responsible, hard-working youngsters in relation to education and future working life. Moreover, their narratives also illustrate how descriptions of diligence and agency are used in order to oppose the discourse figures of unaccompanied minors as threats or victims. I conclude by suggesting that these narratives can be seen as manifestations of conditional belonging centred on deservingness, which the youngsters negotiate also after they have been granted protection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2020
Keywords
Unaccompanied youth, narratives, positioning, deservingness, diligence
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163952 (URN)10.1080/1369183X.2019.1584701 (DOI)000461918400001 ()2-s2.0-85063108084 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2020-03-18Bibliographically approved
Wernesjö, U. (2020). Book Review: From Righteousness to Far Right: An Anthropological Rethinking of Critical Security Studies [Review]. The international migration review, 1-1
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Book Review: From Righteousness to Far Right: An Anthropological Rethinking of Critical Security Studies
2020 (English)In: The international migration review, ISSN 0197-9183, E-ISSN 1747-7379, p. 1-1Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163898 (URN)10.1177%2F0197918319901259 (DOI)
Available from: 2020-02-25 Created: 2020-02-25 Last updated: 2020-03-03Bibliographically approved
Wernesjö, U. (2019). Across the threshold: Negotiations of deservingness among unaccompanied young refugees in Sweden. Journal of ethnic and migration studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Across the threshold: Negotiations of deservingness among unaccompanied young refugees in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

In the aftermath of the so-called ‘refugee crisis’ in 2015, unaccompanied minors have been depicted as potential threats and challenges to receiving countries in the Swedish public debate. Through narratives of unaccompanied youngsters from 2011 to 2012, this article will illustrate that these youngsters were already struggling with the ambiguous refugee figures of the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ prior to the events of 2015. By studying their narratives, I analyse how deservingness comes into play in how they constitute themselves as subjects. In their narratives, they describe themselves as responsible, hard-working youngsters in relation to education and future working life. Moreover, their narratives also illustrate how descriptions of diligence and agency are used in order to oppose the discourse figures of unaccompanied minors as threats or victims. I conclude by suggesting that these narratives can be seen as manifestations of conditional belonging centred on deservingness, which the youngsters negotiate also after they have been granted protection.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
Keywords
Unaccompanied youth, narratives, positioning, deservingness, diligence
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-155510 (URN)10.1080/1369183X.2019.1584701 (DOI)000461918400001 ()
Available from: 2019-03-20 Created: 2019-03-20 Last updated: 2019-04-08Bibliographically approved
Lundberg, A., Kjellbom, P. & Wernesjö, U. (2019). “Advanced Legal Practices in the Welfare State - A Study of Displacements of the Right to Social Assistance for Undocumented Persons and Poor EU Citizens, in Three Swedish Municipalities - A research project 2019-2022, funded by FORTE”: presentation at “Exploring critical legal cartography: an experimental workshop about the right to social protection in a transnational world” at the 2019 IMISCOE conference in Malmö.. In: 16TH ANNUAL IMISCOE CONFERENCE JUNE 26-28, 2019 MALMÖ UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN: Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches:The growing diversity and complexity of international migration present a need for reconceptualizing migration research. The aim of the 2019 IMISCOE Annual Conference is to facilitate exchanges in new concepts and innovative methodologies for understanding human migration in the 21st Century.We welcome proposals from various disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, history, law, anthropology, social work, public administration, demography, social geography, and others.. Paper presented at 16TH ANNUAL IMISCOE CONFERENCE JUNE 26-28, 2019 MALMÖ UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“Advanced Legal Practices in the Welfare State - A Study of Displacements of the Right to Social Assistance for Undocumented Persons and Poor EU Citizens, in Three Swedish Municipalities - A research project 2019-2022, funded by FORTE”: presentation at “Exploring critical legal cartography: an experimental workshop about the right to social protection in a transnational world” at the 2019 IMISCOE conference in Malmö.
2019 (English)In: 16TH ANNUAL IMISCOE CONFERENCE JUNE 26-28, 2019 MALMÖ UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN: Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches:The growing diversity and complexity of international migration present a need for reconceptualizing migration research. The aim of the 2019 IMISCOE Annual Conference is to facilitate exchanges in new concepts and innovative methodologies for understanding human migration in the 21st Century.We welcome proposals from various disciplines, such as political science, sociology, economics, history, law, anthropology, social work, public administration, demography, social geography, and others., 2019Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Abstract

The aim of this three-year research project is to investigate displacements, i.e. changes in the right to housing and food according to the Swedish Social Service Act between 1982-2018, and its implications for the broader issue of social rights in the welfare state. This is done through the notion of advanced legal practices, which refer to incidents where the dominant current law is contested in legal interpretation and application and this involves a transformation of the legal content. Focus of the project is the right to basic social assistance, which comprises emergency aid, including food and housing, for vulnerable EU migrants and undocumented persons. Special focus is children’s situation.

Advanced legal practices emerge at different levels and in various juridical spaces, for example when a decision-maker or judge disregards certain conditions or allows jurisdictions to interact in new ways. An example is a resent ruling by the Supreme Administrative Court’s HFD 2017 ref 33, which, through a re- interpretation of the linkage between the Social Service Act and Law on the reception of asylum seekers, destabilized the basic responsibility of the municipalities to provide emergency aid for everyone residing on their territory. Regardless of the underlying

motives, advanced legal practitioners have consequences for individuals as well as for social rights in general. It is therefore important to understand why and how such practices emerge. The study concentrates on two basic social rights (food and housing) and two groups whose legal status in Sweden is ambiguous. Empirical material are 200 administrative court judgments, individual and group interviews, and local guidelines in three Swedish municipalities of different size with experience of EU-migration and refugee reception – Malmö, Norrköping and Älmhult. Our knowledge acquisition is a dialectic process through continuous collaboration with professionals. An exploration of the law enforcement over time in three municipalities, guided by approaches within legal geography, spatial and temporal dimensions of law are demonstrated.

Keywords
"Advanced legal practices"
National Category
Law and Society
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-158288 (URN)
Conference
16TH ANNUAL IMISCOE CONFERENCE JUNE 26-28, 2019 MALMÖ UNIVERSITY, SWEDEN
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2018-00458
Available from: 2019-06-28 Created: 2019-06-28 Last updated: 2019-06-28
Wernesjö, U. (2019). Integration i ett tillfälligt undantagstillstånd (1ed.). In: Mehrdad Darvishpour, Niclas Månsson (Ed.), Ensamkommandes upplevelser & professionellas erfarenheter: integration, inkludering och jämställdhet (pp. 184-198). Stockholm: Liber, Sidorna 184-198
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Integration i ett tillfälligt undantagstillstånd
2019 (Swedish)In: Ensamkommandes upplevelser & professionellas erfarenheter: integration, inkludering och jämställdhet / [ed] Mehrdad Darvishpour, Niclas Månsson, Stockholm: Liber, 2019, 1, Vol. Sidorna 184-198, p. 184-198Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Liber, 2019 Edition: 1
Keywords
Ensamkommande barn, Sverige
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162434 (URN)9789147129263 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-03 Created: 2019-12-03 Last updated: 2019-12-03Bibliographically approved
Chase, E., Otto, L., Belloni, M., Lems, A. & Wernesjö, U. (2019). Methodological innovations, reflections and dilemmas: The hidden sides of research with migrant young people classified as unaccompanied minors. Journal of ethnic and migration studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Methodological innovations, reflections and dilemmas: The hidden sides of research with migrant young people classified as unaccompanied minors
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2019 (English)In: Journal of ethnic and migration studies, ISSN 1369-183X, E-ISSN 1469-9451Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This paper offers some behind-the-scenes insights drawn from the collective fieldwork experiences of the contributors to this Special Issue. These include reflections on: how decisions about modes of accessing research participants fundamentally shape the research process and outcomes; the pitfalls of only focusing on young people’s migratory experiences while ignoring the multiple other dimensions to their lives; how we can best capture and represent young people’s often paradoxical vulnerability and agency; the relative merits of methodological innovations increasingly integrated into work with marginalised and hard to reach communities; and, finally, our own positionality when conducting research with migrant young people and the importance of taking account of how our own subjective, political, philosophical and ethical standpoints influence our interactions throughout our research endeavours. These contributions seek to promote greater reflexivity and transparency among academics conducting ethnographically driven research with young people in the context of forced migration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2019
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Social Work Social Anthropology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-155514 (URN)10.1080/1369183X.2019.1584705 (DOI)000461917000001 ()2-s2.0-85063109840 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-03-20 Created: 2019-03-20 Last updated: 2019-08-21Bibliographically approved
Holmlund, M. & Wernesjö, U. (2018). Sociala problembilder i tider av papperslös barnmigration (1ed.). In: Magnus Dahlstedt (Ed.), Gränsöverskridande socialt arbete: Teorier, tillämpningar, tolkningar (pp. 87-108). Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Sociala problembilder i tider av papperslös barnmigration
2018 (Swedish)In: Gränsöverskridande socialt arbete: Teorier, tillämpningar, tolkningar / [ed] Magnus Dahlstedt, Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2018, 1, p. 87-108Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Malmö: Gleerups Utbildning AB, 2018 Edition: 1
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-155630 (URN)9789151100586 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-03-20 Created: 2019-03-20 Last updated: 2019-03-21Bibliographically approved
Kaukko, M. & Wernesjö, U. (2017). Belonging and participation in liminality: Unaccompanied children in Finland and Sweden. Childhood, 24(1), 7-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Belonging and participation in liminality: Unaccompanied children in Finland and Sweden
2017 (English)In: Childhood, ISSN 0907-5682, E-ISSN 1461-7013, Vol. 24, no 1, p. 7-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article investigates children’s participation and sense of belonging from the perspective of unaccompanied children, based on two qualitative research projects with unaccompanied children in Sweden and Finland. The results show that the unaccompanied children’s own understanding of their participation and belonging in different positions was fluid; for instance, the borders between childhood and adulthood, and striving for independence or wanting to be cared for by adults were flexible, allowing the children’s movement within and between the categories.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017
Keywords
unaccompanied children, participation, belonging, age, gender, Nordic context
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-129034 (URN)10.1177/0907568216649104 (DOI)000394661800002 ()2-s2.0-85012180403 (Scopus ID)
Note

Funding agencies: Finnish Cultural Foundation; Mannerheim League for Child Welfare; Finnish Multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Network on Educational Sciences; Childrens Welfare Foundation Sweden

Available from: 2016-06-09 Created: 2016-06-09 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved
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