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"Beard boys": standing in the way of a transformation of the self
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3157-0279
2015 (English)In: Invisible Boy: the making of contemporary masculinities / [ed] Camilla Hällgren, Elza Dunkels, Gun-Marie Frånberg, Umeå: Umeå University , 2015, 83-94 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter the thought-construct of skäggbarn [”beard children”] or, sometimes also skäggpojkar [”beard boys”], is explored. It constitutes a distinct form of hate speech, targeted against unaccompanied refugee minors in Sweden, and finds its outlet particularly on far-right internet sites (Hirvonen, 2013). By taking a cue from psychoanalysis and its two-way perspective on both inner world and society (Clarke, 2003), the meaning of facial hair in relation to the “racial” Other is interrogated as an example of how racist fantasies and caricatures can emerge. The analysis herein presented describes in what ways the Others, the “beard boys/children”, are degraded, as they come to represent an obstruction that frustrates one’s possible self belonging to a unified society. 

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Umeå: Umeå University , 2015. 83-94 p.
Keyword [en]
Unaccompanied Minors, Beards, Racism, Nationalism, Masculinities
National Category
Sociology Psychology
Research subject
Child and Youth Science; Aesthetics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115798ISBN: 978-91-7601-232-1OAI: diva2:799905
Invisible Boy: An International Research Project
Available from: 2015-03-31 Created: 2015-03-31 Last updated: 2015-11-30Bibliographically approved

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