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War on 'the poor': The Construction of Begging as a Social Problem within Swedish Policy
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In recent years EU-citizens living in poverty exercising their right to free movement within EU have gained increased political interest. Some vulnerable EU citizens travel to Sweden in order seek livelihood, some of them engage in begging. The presence of vulnerable EU citizens engaged in begging has generated the emergence of a new policy area with increased political activity at both national and municipal level. Here, a state public report, policy proposals and problematization of the issue at municipal level are analysed. The analysis reveal how begging is constructed as a social problem and how the vulnerable EU citizen is positioned. The political discourse in this policy area is characterized by securitization and individualisation of responsibility, begging is problematized based on notions of welfare nationalism. People who beg are positioned as undeserving and associated with criminality, with few exceptions, the social rights approach is silenced. Begging is mainly constructed as an individual problem and linked to personal deficiencies. Thus, the structural issues such as inequality, discrimination and poverty are also subordinated in the political discourse. Further, the analysis exposes that human rights issues are not taken into account when policies targeting begging are formulated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 65
Keywords [en]
Begging, human rights, social rights, governmentality, securitization, policy, poverty, vulnerable EU-citizens, WPR
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-159669ISRN: LiU-ISV/SVS-MAS-A--19/04--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-159669DiVA, id: diva2:1343205
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Master in Social and Welfare Studies (two year)
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Available from: 2019-08-22 Created: 2019-08-15 Last updated: 2019-08-22Bibliographically approved

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