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Constructing Cultural Otherness Within the Swedish Welfare State: The Cases of Social Workers in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0950-5083
2015 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 14, no 4, 554-571 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the article is to analyze how social workers frame the social problems of immigrant clients in Sweden. The study is based on in-depth interviews with 20 social workers in three different Swedish municipalities. While Swedish social work often assumes a discourse of color-blindness and universalism, this study indicates that Swedish social workers not only see cultural differences but also regard these differences as central when they frame, assess, and formulate their interventions. The discourse of culturalization not only produces and reinforces the ideas of cultural hierarchy and Swedish superiority, but it also tends to obstruct non-European immigrants from equal participation in the Swedish society since they are not allowed to enjoy their full citizenship. Consequently, there is a need for social work in Sweden to rethink its culturalist framework and go beyond cultural reductionism and take into consideration other issues such as unemployment, housing conditions, poverty, social isolation, marginalization, and ethnic discrimination.

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2015. Vol. 14, no 4, 554-571 p.
Keyword [en]
Social work with immigrants, framing, cultural Otherness, Othering, culturalization, Swedish social work
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Social Work
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41269DOI: 10.1177/1473325014559091ISI: 000356593200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-41269DiVA: diva2:797317
Available from: 2015-03-23 Created: 2015-03-23 Last updated: 2015-09-11Bibliographically approved

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