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Providing rights through individual compassion
School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Global Political Studies, Malmö University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9509-7340
2016 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, ISSN 1799-649X, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 140-147Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article analyses the social constructions of rights as they come about through Swedish delegations preparing refugees for resettlement in Sweden, under the Cultural Orientation Programme (COP). COPs are analysed as an activity that manifests a need to convey rights. Fieldwork was conducted through video observations of COPs in Kenya and Sudan. Our empirical findings show how the Swedish officials engage in talks about rights through positioning the refugees as unaware of, and incapable of, claiming rights. Rights are also highlighted as obligations with correct ways of realising them. This study manifests the clash between rights as universal and rights tied to citizenship where, during COPs, rights are conveyed as particularly Swedish, positioning the refugees on a receiving end of the conversations. However, the study also shows how the participants do make claims, sometimes resisting the hierarchies during the talks.

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De Gruyter Open, 2016. Vol. 6, no 3, p. 140-147
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Resettlement; refugees; Sweden; Cultural orientation programme; Human rights
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Social Work Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144329DOI: 10.1515/njmr-2016-0019OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144329DiVA, id: diva2:1174343
Available from: 2018-01-15 Created: 2018-01-15 Last updated: 2018-01-15Bibliographically approved

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