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Kön och arbete med ekonomiskt bistånd: sex socialsekreterares erfarenheter av arbetet med ungdomar som ansöker om och uppbär ekonomiskt bistånd
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2006 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study is to explore how social workers work with youths that seek financial assistance and what importance gender plays in this process. The participants were six female social workers that work with financial assistance. They were interviewed and had to reflect over a case, where the client where either male or female. The results was analyzed and compared in relation to social constructive theory and gender theory. The study shows that social workers work in two parallel processes, when they decide about financial assistance and other help benefits, the formal and the intuitive. In the formal process the social workers don’t give gender any importance in how they reflect about their work and the clients. In the same time way they think differently about male or female clients in a more intuitive manner. The differences that are done can be related to gender stereotypes. The male client is thought of being responsible and active and the female client is viewed as a passive victim. These ideas creates different practices against men and women, where the female would be given psychological aid and the male would be given work related support. These practices reproduces traditional conceptions of both sexes and can therefore create different possibilities for young men and women that contact the social welfare system for financial assistance.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. , 46 p.
Keyword [en]
Social welfare, Financial assistance, Gender, Sex, Youth, Social constructivism
Keyword [sv]
Socialtjänst, Ekonomiskt bistånd, Försörjningsstöd, Socialbidrag, Kön, Genus, Ungdom, Socialkonstruktivism
National Category
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-6895OAI: diva2:197282
Available from: 2007-06-01 Created: 2007-06-01Bibliographically approved

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