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Stark, stolt och finsk: En studie om finska kvinnors liv i Sverige
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Social Pedagogy and Sociology.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Strong, proud and Finnish : A study about the lives of Finnish women in Sweden (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to illustrate and analyze what the socializing process of the Finn­ ish woman looks like ant to discuss what contributes to the feeling of inclusion, or the feeling of exclusion. The questions asked in the study aim to classify what influenced the decision to move to Sweden. Furthermore they aim to describe what the life in Sweden has been like and what the socialization process for the Finnish woman  looks like. Finally I will study what kind of impact the change of life has had for the feeling of inclusion and for social identity.


Initially the Finnish immigration to Sweden, through time, is described and then earlier stud­ ies relation to this study is accounted for. Then the role of social pedagogy in this study is presented. My theoretical concepts are Giddens theory regarding socialization and socializa­ tions processes and Jenkins theory regarding identity and identity processes. I have prepared the concepts by breaking them down to their core with the purpose to analyze how the con­ cepts coincide and interact.

My means of approach to the area is then accounted for in the method chapter. I have chosen a narrative method and have studies stories of five women , about what their lives in Finland was like, what affected the decision to move to Sweden and what has their lives been like in Sweden. By using a self made process chart for analyze I have charted different themes from the stories I collected in Finnish. These themes have then been connected to my theoretical concepts and earlier studies related to this one.

The primary reason for the women to move to Sweden was work. Also search for adventure, the dream of welfare and the duty to follow their husbands is mentioned as reasons. Mostly the life in Sweden is perceived as good and only a few have negative experiences, which usu­ ally is due to the own attitude regarding the move. The women have experiences of socializa­ tion in the areas of work, housing, language and communication and association with others. Changes in the identity of the women, have appeared due to changes in context and values or when they have been positively acknowledged by others and finally in situations when the acknowledgment has defaulted, after which an identity crises occurs, which culminates in a changes identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 45 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden Finns, Finns, identity, identification, socialization, socialization process, inclusion, exclusion, narrative method.
Keyword [sv]
Sverigefinländare, finländare, identitet, identifikation, socialisation, socialisationsprocess, tillhörighet, utanförskap, narrativ metod.
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7437Local ID: ESD900OAI: diva2:796126
Subject / course
Social pedagogy
Educational program
Available from: 2015-03-18 Created: 2015-03-18 Last updated: 2015-03-18Bibliographically approved

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