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Integration – allas vårt ansvar?: Tjänstemän och politikers reflektioner kring integrationen i Nyköpings kommun
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.
2007 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Magister), 20 points / 30 hpStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This thesis is based on thirteen qualitative interviews with civil servants and politicians. The purpose of the study is to research these informants’ attitudes towards integration and their reflections about immigrants’ lower chances in an ethnically segregated housing and labour market. The theoretical frame of references is based on social constructionism and focuses on including and excluding power structures. The empirical material provides both structural and cultural explanations to immigrants’ problems as regards inclusion in Swedish society. The informants talk about integration as a mutual process and emphasise everybody’s responsibility. Despite this interpretation, comprehensions based on imagined differences between immigrants and natives appear, as well as immigrants’ losses in language, educational background and unequal gender structures. These common sense understandings may conceal unequal structures and discriminating practices in Swedish society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för samhälls- och välfärdsstudier , 2007. , 42 p.
Keyword [sv]
integration, invandrare, invandrarkvinnor, social ojämlikhet, common sense
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-9413ISRN: LiU-ISV/SKA-D--07/07--SEOAI: diva2:23906
2007-05-29, B353, Bomullsspinneriet, Holmentorget 10, Norrköping, 14:15
Available from: 2007-07-04 Created: 2007-07-04

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