VOICES OF LATIN-AMERICAN WOMEN IN THE SWEDISH LABOUR MARKET
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
The aims of this qualitative study are threefold: 1) to explore, describe and analyze the paths for accessing the Swedish labour market among a group of women of Latin-American origin; 2) to address the question about role of the women’s social networks in relation to the processes of gaining/maintaining employment; and 3) to present how the participant’s perceive their job careers within the Swedish labour market. Individual semi-structured interviews constituted the primary source of data collection. Conceptualizations from labour market theories and social capital theories were laid out to bring relevant understandings. The sampling strategy used was ‘criterion’. The results shown the interaction of personal and structural aspects in the job-search process, jobs attained and perception of occupational careers. Bonding, bridging and linking social capital are relevant concepts to understand the extent to which women obtain information and mobilize resources in the job-search process. Perceptions regarding career paths are tied to the participant’s expectations on the jobs they have looked for, the meanings they attribute to their occupations and the learning derived from their working experiences. Further research on networking at the workplaces and its impact on job satisfaction, job attachment, and self-esteem, are suggested.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. , 117 p.
latin-american women swedish labour market social capital job-search strategies perception of job-careers
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-30537OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-30537DiVA: diva2:272836
2009-09-25, 222, Sveavägen 160, Stockholm, Department of Social Work, 09:00 (English)
UppsokSocial and Behavioural Science, Law
Trygged, Sven, Professor
Sohlberg, Peter, Professor