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"Jag tycker nog att jag bor på Araby, det är nog alla andra som tycker att jag inte gör det.": - En kvalitativ studie om hur distinktioner påverkar tryggheten
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
"I think I live in Araby, it is everyoneelse who thinks I don´t." (English)
Abstract [en]

This thesis suggests an explanation for how it is possible for individuals living in an unsafe neighborhood to expressa highlevel of security. Araby is the district in Växjö municipality withthe highest level of insecurity. Within the district, there is acategory of individuals in security-measurements showing a high degree of security. Inhabitants living in house in Araby also seem to show a higher level of security than inhabitants in the same accommodation in other neighborhoods in the municipality.The study's purpose is to understand how individuals belonging to an unsafe neighborhood can experience a high degree of security.Qualitative data were collected from an observation in Araby and from interviews with individuals living in house in the district.

Previous research has shown that security in the surrounding area depends on several factors, such as disorders, the degree of social control and personal opinions. Thestudy shows how a distinction to places and people in the district can explain the degree of security. When security is related to something more insecure, the level of security seems toincrease. The conclusion is therefor that individuals in an unsafe neighborhood can expressa high degree of security because security is seen in relation to something that describes asmore insecure.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
Security, distinction, district, variation, Araby
Keyword [sv]
Trygghet, distinktion, stadsdel, gränsdragning, Araby
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-40436OAI: diva2:790764
Educational program
Sociology Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2015-02-26 Created: 2015-02-25 Last updated: 2015-02-26Bibliographically approved

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