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”Hur mycket julafton ska de behöva fira för vi ska tycka att de är välintegrerade?” Personal på boenden för ensamkommande barn beskriver integration och kultur.

Andersson, Elin LU (2016) SOPA63 20161
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how professionals working in residential care units for unaccompanied children, construct and understand integration and culture. The study was built on empirics which was the result of five semi-structured interviews held with professionals working in this field. The interviews included both professionals working in the public sector and professionals working in different privately-owned units. This choice was made to get a wider spectra of opinions and thoughts in case there would have been significant differences in guidelines concerning integration in different care units. In this study, social construtivism, norms and normality were used to analyze the empirics. The result showed that professionals... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how professionals working in residential care units for unaccompanied children, construct and understand integration and culture. The study was built on empirics which was the result of five semi-structured interviews held with professionals working in this field. The interviews included both professionals working in the public sector and professionals working in different privately-owned units. This choice was made to get a wider spectra of opinions and thoughts in case there would have been significant differences in guidelines concerning integration in different care units. In this study, social construtivism, norms and normality were used to analyze the empirics. The result showed that professionals constructed integration into two different categories. Partly it was seen as a substantial practice in which the priority laid in getting the children into school and teaching them how the Swedish society works. Integration was also seen as an abstract practice in which the professionals try to teach the children Swedish values and norms. The professionals had a complex way of reasoning about integration and the children’s adaption to the Swedish society. They expressed the importance of that the children adapted to get accepted and to get independent. In the same way they expressed that they didn’t want the children to change. This complexity can be seen as a result of a unidirected construction of integration. The professionals had different ways of explaining the expression culture. Almost all of the professionals abided that they didn’t use the expression because they felt that the expression created a thinking of “we and them”. On the other hand they also explained that they use culture as a tool to explain the Swedish norms and values. This also showed a complex way of thinking and working with culture and cultural differences. (Less)
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Andersson, Elin LU
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organization
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SOPA63 20161
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Integration, adaption, culture, social constructivism, norms
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Swedish
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8879535
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how professionals working in residential care units for unaccompanied children, construct and understand integration and culture. The study was built on empirics which was the result of five semi-structured interviews held with professionals working in this field. The interviews included both professionals working in the public sector and professionals working in different privately-owned units. This choice was made to get a wider spectra of opinions and thoughts in case there would have been significant differences in guidelines concerning integration in different care units. In this study, social construtivism, norms and normality were used to analyze the empirics. The result showed that professionals constructed integration into two different categories. Partly it was seen as a substantial practice in which the priority laid in getting the children into school and teaching them how the Swedish society works. Integration was also seen as an abstract practice in which the professionals try to teach the children Swedish values and norms. The professionals had a complex way of reasoning about integration and the children’s adaption to the Swedish society. They expressed the importance of that the children adapted to get accepted and to get independent. In the same way they expressed that they didn’t want the children to change. This complexity can be seen as a result of a unidirected construction of integration. The professionals had different ways of explaining the expression culture. Almost all of the professionals abided that they didn’t use the expression because they felt that the expression created a thinking of “we and them”. On the other hand they also explained that they use culture as a tool to explain the Swedish norms and values. This also showed a complex way of thinking and working with culture and cultural differences.},
  author       = {Andersson, Elin},
  keyword      = {Integration,adaption,culture,social constructivism,norms},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {”Hur mycket julafton ska de behöva fira för vi ska tycka att de är välintegrerade?” Personal på boenden för ensamkommande barn beskriver integration och kultur.},
  year         = {2016},
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