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Iranian identity construction in the Swedish labor market
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to bring about better understanding of the view that the individual Iranians have on the matter of discrimination in the labor market and the effect that it may have on their individual identity construction in their new home country Sweden. The study is built around three main themes: discrimination, integration and identity. Previous research shows that Iranians in Sweden successfully integrate in their new home country despite having severe difficulties in entering the new labor market. In an attempt to explain this contradiction some patterns have been recognized in how Iranian immigrants experience and explain their situations post-migration. As the focus of this study is on the individual’s identity construction life course interviews were used to collect the data. This method enables focusing on individual life events and life trajectories while simultaneously seeking explanations and understanding of social change and social phenomena. The results show that Iranians in Sweden take great personal responsibility over their own integration to the labor market and do therefore not recognize discrimination. Their understanding of discrimination lets many forms of discrimination pass unnoticed and their way of seeing their own situation in the labor market does appear to have a dominantly positive effect on their identity construction. 

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2014. , 47 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-104911OAI: diva2:727556
2014-06-02, 13:00
Available from: 2014-06-25 Created: 2014-06-22 Last updated: 2014-06-25Bibliographically approved

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