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Youths in a socially disadvantaged area : - A study about creation of identity in a Swedish suburban area

  • Billevik, Joakim
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
DiVA - Academic Archive On-line
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The aim of this study is to investigate the identity formation of youths who grow up in a so called "socially disadvantaged area". The study also aims to investigate how collective representations (collectively accepted narratives) of the neighbourhood affects the youth’s social identity. This by examining narratives from young people who grow up in the district of Vivalla in Örebro, Sweden. The study shows, like previous studies, that the identity is formed in relation to the neighbourhood. The study also shows that the collective representations affects youths. Where they, from others, are demanded moral responsibility for the events in the area. Their identities also receive forms of symbolic violence when trying to fit in the society. Because of this, the youths tend to form a resistant identity to change the narratives of the suburb and the concept of "immigrants". The symbolic violence and the lack of association with the main city works as a subterfuge to avoid other neighbourhoods.

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