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"Ett liv i två världar" : En kvalitativ studie om hur pojkar konstruerar etnisk och religiös identitet i olika sociala kontexter
Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

"One life in two worlds" is a qualitative study of Syriac boys constructs ethnic and religious identity in different social contexts.

Based on these three questions: how do the boys describe the importance of the parents' cultural and religious background in relation to their own identity? How do the boys describe their experiences of being categorized in school? Which significance is given to religion and ethnicity when the boys describe their experiences in relation to home and school context?

I did reach the aim of this essay which was to investigate by interviewing the Syrian boys how they construct or reconstruct ethnic and / or religious identity in relation to different social contexts with a focus on the home and the school.

In this study, I assumed the qualitative method in which I interviewed six Syriac boys who attend grade nine. The starting point of the study was social constructivism. Therefore, knowledge in this study is seen as something that is constructed in language, social and cultural interactions. The reality and perspective of reality is socially constructed, meaning that knowledge is created through the interplay of common action.

The results of this study show that all the informants are agreed that their parents' ethnic background has had and has great significance for their identity formation. They argue that by their parents identify themselves as Syriac and, through a heritage transmitted traditions, language, values, norms and upbringing created an identity in which even the boys identify themselves as Syriacs. Furthermore, the study shows that all informants agree that when you have parents with another ethnic background, it means that we must somehow combine a life but in two separate standards - and the value system that the boys must constantly confront or take a position on both the school - and home context. All informants have in one way or another expressed that Christianity is an important part of the Syrian identity, even if they themselves do not identify themselves as religious.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 50 p.
Keyword [en]
Social Constructivism, identity, ethnicity, religion, Syriacs boys
Keyword [sv]
Social konstruktivism, identitet, etnicitet, religion, syrianska pojkar
National Category
Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14900OAI: diva2:482441
Subject / course
Education Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-01-24 Created: 2012-01-23 Last updated: 2012-01-24Bibliographically approved

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