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Kommunal integrationsverksamhet: En institutionell etnografi om hur integrationsverksamhet bedrivs i en svensk kommun.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2022 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 180 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Municipal integration activities : An institutional ethnography of how municipal activitiesare conducted in a Swedish municipality (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay aims to investigate one municipality's integration activities within the framework of Swedish integration policy. The municipality integrations activities are aimed at new arrivals.

The purpose is to explain how municipal integration activities in practice relate to the framework of Swedish integration policy in connection with helping enrolled participants towards self-sufficiency. That is, whether they fulfill the requirement from the integration policy. The method is based on institutional ethnography. I derive the research question from knowledge obtained in connection to an internship I exercised at a labor market and integration unit in a Swedish municipality for fifteen weeks. I conducted qualitative interviews with staff working at the integration unit. I derived the theoretical framework mainly from Dorothy Smiths's work on institutional circles and ruling relations and Pierre Bourdieu's on capital, field, and habitus. The results show that Swedish integration policy operates by the new public management model, where individual responsibility for self-sufficiency is the focus. When the individual's responsibility does not meet society's expectations, the individual is excluded. This may be due to poor Swedish language skills for new arrivals. The unit manager opens up municipal integration activities by applying for EU funding.

The EU funds require the unit to adapt and report on its activities after their wishes. Then, they can got continued financing. The staff enables participants to take individual responsibility by showing participants how to master the required authority-defined digital tools. It can be how to identify yourself via bank id. Finally, the staff work under a textual regime that requires the participant to achieve literacy to integrate with society more effectively.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2022. , p. 66
Series
Working Papers in Sociology: Linnaeus University, ISSN 2002-3928
Keywords [en]
integration, public management, projectifification
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-111491OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-111491DiVA, id: diva2:1652718
Subject / course
Sociologi
Educational program
Sociology Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2022-04-20 Created: 2022-04-19 Last updated: 2022-04-20Bibliographically approved

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