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Jag är inte likadan: Identitet hos unga tjejer med utländsk bakgrund ur ett postkolonialt och genusteoretiskt perspektiv
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2011 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
I'm not like them : Conceptions of identity among girls with foreign background from a post-colonial and gender theoretical perspective (English)
Abstract [en]

The study examines conceptions of identity among girls with foreign background. The aim was to study how identity is understood by the girls based on ethnicity, images of the origin, the value of gender and the meaning of the family. The theoretical approach was post-colonial theory based on Stuart Hall in combination with gender theory by Yvonne Hirdman. The study was conducted using qualitative individual interviews of open character with six girls. They were aged 17-18 years old and were born in Sweden or had lived here since the age of six. The results show that marking difference and creating borders to others are important aspects of identity. Gender is understood by binary opposites which are partly incorporated in their conceptions of identity. The family was a central part of the conception of identity because of its function as a link to both ethnicity and origin. A conclusion is that although ethnicity seems to be more negotiable than gender, both are social categories that the girls have to relate to, despite their wish not to be categorized.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 53 p.
Keyword [en]
identity, youth, girl, sex, gender, ethnicity, origin, family, postcolonial theory.
Keyword [sv]
identitet, ungdom, tjej, kön, genus, etnicitet, ursprung, familj, postkolonialism
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-54351OAI: diva2:393419
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
Available from: 2011-02-18 Created: 2011-01-31 Last updated: 2011-02-18Bibliographically approved

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