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Ethnic monitoring and social control: Descriptions from juveniles in juvenile care institutions
Lund University. (Kriminal- och socialvetenskapligt nätverk)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6151-0934
2014 (English)In: Ett inkluderande samhälle? En inkluderande sociologi? Sociologidagarna 2014, Göteborg, March 13-15, 2014, 2014, 6-6 p.Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Previous research has emphasized the institutional racism in total institutions. Researchers have highlighted the importance of narratives but have not focused on narratives about ethnic monitoring and social control. This article tries to fill this gap by analysing stories related to descriptions of ethnic monitoring and social control as told by juveniles of non-Swedish ethnicity in Swedish juvenile care institutions. A juvenile’s ethnicity was highlighted by drawing attention to the staff’s monitoring and social control. Interviews elucidated the victimhood that non-Swedish juveniles portrayed in relation to the staff and/or Swedish juveniles. When juveniles of non-Swedish ethnicity described ethnic monitoring and social control, they generally distanced themselves from staff behaviour and portrayed a victim identity. In constructing their identity, juveniles sometimes used their ethnic background rhetorically when describing everyday situations in the institution. The juveniles portrayed a humiliated self through dissociation from the staff and through the descriptions that they were treated differently than Swedish juveniles.

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2014. 6-6 p.
Keyword [en]
Humiliated self, Identity, Accounts, Victim, Ethnicity, sociology, sociologi
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Substance Abuse Treatment
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48136OAI: diva2:878020
Sociologidagarna 2014, Göteborg, March 13-15, 2014
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-01-08Bibliographically approved

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