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Legal consciousness of Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Minors in Denmark

Zantout, Loubaba LU (2017) RÄSM02 20171
Department of Sociology of Law
Abstract
This thesis in the field of sociology of law examines the legal consciousness of
unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. Taking inspiration from Ewick & Silbey
(1998) the theoretical concept of legal consciousness, I trace the presence of law in
the community of the unaccompanied minors in Denmark.
Unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors are recognized as a particularly
vulnerable group due to their status as minors separated from their primary
carer. Consequently, the legal asylum system can be confusing for them to
navigate and to understand.
The focus in my thesis lies on exploring how the unaccompanied minors amend,
produce and reproduce their legal knowledge in the asylum system.
This exploratory research adopts a qualitative... (More)
This thesis in the field of sociology of law examines the legal consciousness of
unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. Taking inspiration from Ewick & Silbey
(1998) the theoretical concept of legal consciousness, I trace the presence of law in
the community of the unaccompanied minors in Denmark.
Unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors are recognized as a particularly
vulnerable group due to their status as minors separated from their primary
carer. Consequently, the legal asylum system can be confusing for them to
navigate and to understand.
The focus in my thesis lies on exploring how the unaccompanied minors amend,
produce and reproduce their legal knowledge in the asylum system.
This exploratory research adopts a qualitative method of seven semi-structured
interviews with unaccompanied minors in two different children's asylum center
in Jutland, Denmark.
My results show that unaccompanied asylum-seeking exhibit different forms of
legal consciousness. Within this frame, they invoke their legal knowledge based
on what they constructed with the help of different actors. They would amend
their legal knowledge in times of disappointment and uncertainty. Lastly, they
would reproduce their legal knowledge in events of mistrust and resistance to
the legal system. (Less)
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author
Zantout, Loubaba LU
supervisor
organization
course
RÄSM02 20171
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
Unaccompanied Minors, Asylum laws, Denmark, Jutland, Separated Children, Legal Consciousness
language
English
id
8913426
date added to LUP
2017-06-15 11:34:01
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2017-06-15 11:34:01
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  abstract     = {This thesis in the field of sociology of law examines the legal consciousness of
unaccompanied asylum seeking minors. Taking inspiration from Ewick & Silbey
(1998) the theoretical concept of legal consciousness, I trace the presence of law in
the community of the unaccompanied minors in Denmark.
Unaccompanied asylum-seeking minors are recognized as a particularly
vulnerable group due to their status as minors separated from their primary
carer. Consequently, the legal asylum system can be confusing for them to
navigate and to understand.
The focus in my thesis lies on exploring how the unaccompanied minors amend,
produce and reproduce their legal knowledge in the asylum system.
This exploratory research adopts a qualitative method of seven semi-structured
interviews with unaccompanied minors in two different children's asylum center
in Jutland, Denmark.
My results show that unaccompanied asylum-seeking exhibit different forms of
legal consciousness. Within this frame, they invoke their legal knowledge based
on what they constructed with the help of different actors. They would amend
their legal knowledge in times of disappointment and uncertainty. Lastly, they
would reproduce their legal knowledge in events of mistrust and resistance to
the legal system.},
  author       = {Zantout, Loubaba},
  keyword      = {Unaccompanied Minors,Asylum laws,Denmark,Jutland,Separated Children,Legal Consciousness},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Legal consciousness of Unaccompanied Asylum-seeking Minors in Denmark},
  year         = {2017},
}