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Socialt arbete och hållbar utveckling, hur då?: En kvalitativ studie om socialt arbete och hållbar utveckling i två arbetsintegrerande sociala företag.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Social work and sustainable development, how? : A qualitative study of social work and sustainable development in two integrating social enterprises (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine how two integrating social enterprises relate to and combines social, ecological and economic sustainability and how they work with sustainable development in the field of social work. The study has been focusing on three questions: What are the values underpinning “Macken” and “Vägen uts” approach to sustainable development? What motivates these companies to work with ecological sustainability in the creation of new jobs? How do these companies combine social, ecological and economic sustainability? To answer our questions we have been interviewing nine employees through semi-structured interviews combined with observations and this study was analysed through a symbolic perspective. The conclusion of this study showed that these companies worked with specific themes to reach social sustainability. Recurring themes in the study was empowerment, recovery and the employee’s own experience of exclusion. To achieve ecological sustainability the companies worked with recycling furniture and fabric as a way of creating new jobs. They also had ecological cafés and ecological cultivations. Furthermore the economical sustainability was displayed throw the reinvestment of the profit to hire more people to the companies.

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Keyword [en]
Green social work, sustainable development, social work, ecological social work, climate crisis and holistic approach.
Keyword [sv]
Hållbar utveckling, eko-socialt arbete, socialt företag, arbetsintegrerande sociala företag, kooperativ, holistiskt perspektiv och socialt arbete
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Social Sciences Sociology Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44577OAI: diva2:822193
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2015-06-22 Created: 2015-06-16 Last updated: 2015-06-22Bibliographically approved

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