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Identitet och klassprägel: Unga vuxnas identitetsskapande i Araby och Öjaby
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
Identity and class mark : Young adults’ identity formation in Araby and Öjaby (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to compare how young adults experience their identity formation in relation to both their own as well as to another residential areas class character. The study had a comparative approach and two socioeconomically diverse areas in the Municipality of Växjö were studied. The study's empirical work consists of qualitative interviews with young adults from the residential areas Araby and Öjaby. The empirical data were analysed with the help of Erik H Erikson's theory of identity, Pierre Bourdieu's theory of social class and John L Scotsons and Norbert Elias's theory of established and outsiders. The results of the study showed that young adults feel that their residential area has a considerable impact regarding to their identity formation. The results also showed that an area's reputation has a strong impact on how individuals in the area are perceived. All respondents in the study felt that people from the socioeconomically privileged area had better life conditions than people from the socioeconomically disadvantaged area. These conditions include the school situation as well as the labour market.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 54 p.
Keyword [en]
Identity, residential area, class mark, socioeconomic position, Araby, Öjaby
Keyword [sv]
Identitet, bostadsområde, klassprägel, socioekonomisk tillhörighet, Araby, Öjaby
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-48969OAI: diva2:895169
Subject / course
Social Work
Educational program
Social Work Study Programme, 210 credits
Available from: 2016-01-25 Created: 2016-01-18 Last updated: 2016-01-25Bibliographically approved

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