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(RE)ASSEMBLING INTEGRATION: Swedish for Truck Drivers as a Context for Integrating
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

‘Integration’ is often referred to in Swedish policy documents and analyzed by measures of effectivity and structural adjustment, assuming acculturation and essentialization of populations. This thesis explores how integration is practiced and defined within the context of professional adult education for newly arrived immigrants. The main case study focuses on Swedish for Professionals (SFX) and specifically, the Swedish for truck drivers (SFL) program as sites where the lifeworlds of teachers and students emerge as an actor-network of integrative forces. By relying on ethnographic methods including semi-structured interviews and participant observation the informants’ own narrative of entering society surfaces. Actor- network theory and community of practice theory lift the informants’ actions and accounts to assemble a community of integrators located within a network of integration. Tracing the voices, actions and interactions of the participants at SFX and SFL in particular, results in a contextual version of integration that relays their subjective experiences and explains the social and material processes involved in them ‘coming into society.’ The lived-in experiences of integration offered in this thesis both compares and contrasts to forms of integration offered in political and scholastic discussions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 92
Series
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 92
Keywords [en]
integration, actor-network theory, driver-car, community of practice
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Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-384878OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-384878DiVA, id: diva2:1322057
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Cultural Anthropology
Educational program
Master Programme in the Humanities - Cultural Anthropology
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