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Participation and active engagement of young women and men with migrant backgrounds: a Swedish case
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health, Social Work and Behavioural Sciences, School of Social Work.
2010 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this presentation I discuss active citizenship as subjective and qualitative dimensions of social citizenship (Lister 1997, 2003, 2007). On one hand I will shed light upon young citizens’ with migrant backgrounds willingness and competence to make a social contribution in society and a wish to transform the society in the name of solidarity. On the other hand I will pay attention to the same citizens’ claims on citizenship on equal terms as the majoritized people. Distinguished from most active citizenship discourses, a willingness to participate and contribute in society is in focus. This alternative approach follows the empirical findings in a study among young women and men with migrant backgrounds conducted in a Swedish middle-sized town (Jacobson Pettersson 2008). The study focuses on individuals’ experiences of social citizenship and social participation[i] (Jacobson Pettersson 2008) discussed as active citizenship and strategies to become full member of the society. The results point at how most of the young women and men interviewed are committed to the common good simultaneously as they demand for legitimate recognition by the majoritized people and not to be discriminated. The message conveyed is that the young women and men in the study (Jacobson Pettersson 2008) are not actively part of society to the extent they wish to be, and furthermore claim they have the right to be. They describe their experience of how the processes of social divisions are more about constraints to actually have the right to and act for answerability, to play a social and political role in constructing the society they live in, than about constraints referred to formal social rights, entitlements and responsibilities. As consequences of what they experience an interest for active citizenship has showed up among them as important strategy to become full member of society through claiming for legitimate recognition by the majoritized people and to play a part in building the Swedish society. I will analyze and discuss their explored willingness and competence to make a social contribution in society and their claim making on citizenship on equal terms as strategies to become full member of society. This will be related to the theoretical perspective ‘acts of citizenship’ developed by Isin and Nielsen (Isin and Nielsen 2008).

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010.
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Computer Science, Information and software visualization; Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44823OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-44823DiVA: diva2:823757
Conference
Living Together – Civic, Political and Cultural Engagement Among Migrants, Minorities and National Populations: Multidisciplinary Perspectives, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK, 29-30 June 2010
Available from: 2015-06-18 Created: 2015-06-18 Last updated: 2015-08-11Bibliographically approved

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