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Eliassi, B. (2010). A stranger in my homeland: The politics of belonging among young people with Kurdish backgrounds in Sweden. (Doctoral dissertation). Sundsvall: Universitetstryckeriet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A stranger in my homeland: The politics of belonging among young people with Kurdish backgrounds in Sweden
2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This dissertation examines how young people with Kurdish backgrounds form their identity in Sweden with regards to processes of inclusion and exclusion. It also sheds light on the ways these young people deal with ethnic discrimination and racism. Further, the study outlines the importance of these social processes for the discipline of social work and the ways social workers can work with disadvantaged and marginalized groups and endorse their struggle for social justice and full equal citizenship beyond racist and discriminatory practices. The empirical analysis is built on interviews with 28 young men and women with Kurdish backgrounds in Sweden. Postcolonial theory, belonging and identity formation constitute the central conceptual framework of this study.

The young people referred to different sites in which they experienced ethnic discrimination and stigmatization. These experiences involved the labor market, mass media, housing segregation, legal system and school system. The interviewees also referred to the roles of ‘ordinary’ Swedes in obstructing their participation in the Swedish society through exclusionary discourses relating to Swedish identity. The interviewees’ life situation in Sweden, sense of ethnic discrimination as well as disputes over identity making with other young people with Middle-Eastern background are among the most important reasons for fostering strong Kurdish nationalist sentiments, issues that are related to the ways they can exercise their citizenship rights in Sweden and how they deal with exclusionary practices in their everyday life. The study shows that the interviewees respond to and resist ethnic discrimination in a variety of ways including interpersonal debates and discussions, changing their names to Swedish names, strengthening differences between the self and the other, violence, silence and deliberately ignoring racism. They also challenged and spoke out against the gendered racism that they were subjected to in their daily lives due to the paternalist discourse of ”honor-killing”.

The research participants had been denied an equal place within the boundary of Swedishness partly due to a racist postcolonial discourse that valued whiteness highly. Paradoxically, some interviewees reproduced the same discourse through choosing to use it against black people, Africans, newly-arrived Kurdish immigrants (”imports”), ”Gypsies” and Islam in order to claim a modern Kurdish identity as near to whiteness as possible. This indicates the multiple dimensions of racism. Those who are subjected to racism and ethnic discrimination can be discriminatory and reproduce the racist discourse. Despite unequal power relations, both dominant and minoritized subjects are all marked by the postcolonial condition in structuring subjectivities, belonging and identification.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sundsvall: Universitetstryckeriet, 2010. p. 260
Series
Mid Sweden University doctoral thesis, ISSN 1652-893X ; 90
Keywords
young people with Kurdish backgrounds, postcolonial theory, identity formation, belonging, citizenship, ethnic discrimination, gendered racism, Kurdish nationalism, social work, culturalization, strategies, resistance.
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11903 (URN)978-91-86073-80-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-09-10, F 229, Mittuniversitetet, Campus Östersund, Östersund, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2010-08-09 Created: 2010-08-06 Last updated: 2010-08-09Bibliographically approved
Eliassi, B. (2010). Ojämlikhetens landskap och väster-ländska fantasier om räddningsuppdrag i världen. In: Magnus Ottelid (Ed.), Röster om internationalisering (pp. 44-59). Östersund: Mittuniversitetet. Institutionen för socialt arbete
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Ojämlikhetens landskap och väster-ländska fantasier om räddningsuppdrag i världen
2010 (English)In: Röster om internationalisering / [ed] Magnus Ottelid, Östersund: Mittuniversitetet. Institutionen för socialt arbete , 2010, p. 44-59Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Östersund: Mittuniversitetet. Institutionen för socialt arbete, 2010
Series
Pedagogiska meddelanden / Mittuniversitetet. Institutionen för socialt arbete., ISSN 1654-8957 ; 2010:4
National Category
Social Work Pedagogy
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-11355 (URN)978-91-86073-68-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2010-03-10 Created: 2010-03-10 Last updated: 2010-06-10Bibliographically approved
Eliassi, B. (2006). Diskriminerande föreställningar inom socialtjänsten. In: Den segregerade integrationen: om sammanhållning och dess hinder (pp. 251-294). Stockholm: Fritzes
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2006 (Swedish)In: Den segregerade integrationen: om sammanhållning och dess hinder, Stockholm: Fritzes, 2006, p. 251-294Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Artikeln ingår i en antologi inom ramen för maktutredningen om makt, integration och strukturell diskriminering. Artikelns syfte var att belysa de föreställningar som vissa socialarbetare hade om klienter med invandrarbakgrund och vilka metoder man använder för att bekämpa den institutionella diskrimineringen inom socialtjänsten.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Fritzes, 2006
Series
Statens offentliga utredningar, ISSN 0375-250x ; 2006 : 73
Keywords
socialt arbete och diskriminering
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-6371 (URN)4286 (Local ID)91-38-22615-4 (ISBN)4286 (Archive number)4286 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-02-24 Created: 2009-02-24 Last updated: 2012-01-11Bibliographically approved
Eliassi, B. (2006). Kurdish Youth: between social inclusion and exclusion in Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Kurdish Youth: between social inclusion and exclusion in Sweden
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

Mitt föredrag handlade om unga kurder i Sverige och deras samhälleliga position. Dessutom berörde jag synligheten av unga kurder i offentliga sammanhang som har fått visa att kalla det för det nya "kurdspåret". Mer än annan etnisk grupp, så har kurderna börjat ta plats i det offentliga rummet i varierande politiska konstellationer. Konferensen ägde rum i Irakiska Kurdistan mellan 5-13 september 2006.

Keywords
Kurdish diaspora, second-generation and the politics of belongings
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-6370 (URN)4285 (Local ID)4285 (Archive number)4285 (OAI)
Available from: 2009-02-23 Created: 2009-02-23 Last updated: 2009-11-06Bibliographically approved
Eliassi, B. (2006). Why do they kill "their" women? "Honour-killing" and Swedish maintstream mass media.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Why do they kill "their" women? "Honour-killing" and Swedish maintstream mass media
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other scientific)
Abstract [sv]

Jag presenterade ett paper vid en internationell konferens i paris om den kurdiska diasporans integration inom EU. Konferensen ägde rum mellan den 23-26 februari 2006.

Keywords
Kurdish diaspora, mainstream mass media and "honour-killing"
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-3913 (URN)4284 (Local ID)4284 (Archive number)4284 (OAI)
Available from: 2008-09-30 Created: 2008-09-30Bibliographically approved
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