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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
2015 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588, Vol. 5, no 1, 20-34 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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2015. Vol. 5, no 1, 20-34 p.
Keyword [en]
humiliated self, accounts, ethnicity, identity, victim, sociology, sociologi
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Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Substance Abuse Treatment; Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Special Education; Social Sciences, Studies of Professions; Social Sciences, Social Psychology; Social Sciences, Social Work; Social Sciences, Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48109DOI: 10.1080/2156857X.2014.920273OAI: diva2:878128
Available from: 2015-12-08 Created: 2015-12-07 Last updated: 2016-02-12Bibliographically approved

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