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"Det ger någon slags mening i vardagen": En kulturanalytisk studie om volontärers upplevelser av att arbeta med flyktingar
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2016 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
A Meaningful Work : A cultural analysis of Swedish voluntary workers' experiences of their engagement with refugees (English)
Abstract [en]

Abstract of “A meaningful work” The aim of this paper is to make a cultural analysis of Swedish voluntary workers’ experiences of their engagement with refugees during the fall and winter of 2015/2016. I have interviewed eight people between the age of 19 and 61 with experiences from working as volunteers with refugees. In addition to the interviews, I have conducted a participant observation on a refugee accommodation.      I have highlighted interesting themes brought up by the informants during the interviews.  These themes have been further analyzed from the theoretical concepts of self-identity, class and gender.       As the results show, my informants have had different motives and driving forces for engaging as volunteers, depending on their habitus and self-identities. For many the volunteer work fulfilled an important social aspect in their life. As volunteers they also got first hand information about the refugee situation, which they could pass on to their environment.       One of my informants had more negative experiences than the others. She experienced a lot of critique for her engagement, which partly was because of her norm-breaking leader position as a black, young woman.       Through my participant observation I got to experience the gloomy facilities of a refugee accommodation located in a distant, secluded environment. But I also experienced the informants’ joy when playing with the kids, and how their engagement created a more cheerful atmosphere.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
volunteer, voluntary work, refugees, phenomenology, cultural analysis, self-identity
Keyword [sv]
volontär, volontärarbete, flyktingar, fenomenologi, kulturanalys, självidentitet
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124075OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-124075DiVA: diva2:948627
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The Cultural Analysis Programme
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Available from: 2017-02-07 Created: 2016-07-12 Last updated: 2017-02-07Bibliographically approved

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