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Vithetsnormen : en analys av hur studenter på Socialhögskolan vid Lunds universitet upplever att vithetsnormen påverkar det sociala arbetet i Sverige idag, samt personliga upplevelser av normen.

Björklund, Johanna LU and Johansson, Helena LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was, through the eyes of six students from Socialhögskolan in Lund, to analyze how the students related to whiteness as a norm and their experiences of the norm in Swedish social work. How did they reflect upon its impact on the relationship between social workers and clients? Through semi-structured interviews with students, both within and outside the norm, the perspective was given of both expected discrimination and experienced discrimination due to color of skin and family-name. The tools which were used to analyze the empirics where postcolonial theory and social constructivism, theories which both question the “natural order” of society and the norms we all live by. An important question in this study is thus... (More)
The aim of this study was, through the eyes of six students from Socialhögskolan in Lund, to analyze how the students related to whiteness as a norm and their experiences of the norm in Swedish social work. How did they reflect upon its impact on the relationship between social workers and clients? Through semi-structured interviews with students, both within and outside the norm, the perspective was given of both expected discrimination and experienced discrimination due to color of skin and family-name. The tools which were used to analyze the empirics where postcolonial theory and social constructivism, theories which both question the “natural order” of society and the norms we all live by. An important question in this study is thus how whiteness as a norm exists and reproduces as a social construction.
This study shows the complexity of the concept “whiteness as a norm” and that the construction of it works both ways. The stories conducted by the students showed existing discriminatory structures affecting the students on a personal level. They did also witness how people at their workplace were treated differently due to physical appearance and/or family name. (Less)
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author
Björklund, Johanna LU and Johansson, Helena LU
supervisor
organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Whiteness as norm, discrimination, social work, postcolonial theory, social constructionism
language
Swedish
id
4024489
date added to LUP
2013-09-13 17:28:16
date last changed
2013-09-13 17:28:16
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was, through the eyes of six students from Socialhögskolan in Lund, to analyze how the students related to whiteness as a norm and their experiences of the norm in Swedish social work. How did they reflect upon its impact on the relationship between social workers and clients? Through semi-structured interviews with students, both within and outside the norm, the perspective was given of both expected discrimination and experienced discrimination due to color of skin and family-name. The tools which were used to analyze the empirics where postcolonial theory and social constructivism, theories which both question the “natural order” of society and the norms we all live by. An important question in this study is thus how whiteness as a norm exists and reproduces as a social construction.
This study shows the complexity of the concept “whiteness as a norm” and that the construction of it works both ways. The stories conducted by the students showed existing discriminatory structures affecting the students on a personal level. They did also witness how people at their workplace were treated differently due to physical appearance and/or family name.},
  author       = {Björklund, Johanna and Johansson, Helena},
  keyword      = {Whiteness as norm,discrimination,social work,postcolonial theory,social constructionism},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Vithetsnormen : en analys av hur studenter på Socialhögskolan vid Lunds universitet upplever att vithetsnormen påverkar det sociala arbetet i Sverige idag, samt personliga upplevelser av normen.},
  year         = {2013},
}