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Integration och assimilering: En undersökande studie av sfi
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences.
Örebro University, Department of Social and Political Sciences.
2008 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to examine sfi (Swedish for immigrants), which is an ingrational-political tool with objective of teaching immigrants to read and write in Swedish. With the use of critical discourse analysis we examine the discursive practices within sfi. We also examine our methodological and theoretical approaches, and our application of them. Our research questions are as follows:

• How are the discursive usage of “person centered” and “society centered” expressions being used?

• How well does our methodological and theoretical resources work?

In our theoretical viewpoint we use “post colonial theory”, which is a perspective concerned with global power relations seen from a historical perspective. Colonialism, in this view, still continues to determine the course of the world and cultural identity formation even after it has formally ended. According to our second theoretical viewpoint, “Governmentality”, the focus of analysis concerns differing forms of control. The shift from the state to the individual is of special interest.

The results of the analysis show that the integrational-political discourse order within sfi seems to be fragile. We also find that “person centered” expressions are more frequent than “society centered” ones.

The results also show that our theoretical and methodological resources are bound with certain difficulties. Firstly, critical discourse analysis has been found to be inadequate with regard to our empirical material. It was first when we applied Ulrich Becks theory regarding individualization that the discursive practice became comprehensible in a larger context. Secondly, our results showed that governmentality was problematic in the context in which it was used.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
sfi, integration, assimilation, critical discourse analysis, postcolonial theory
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-2535ISRN: ORU-SAM/SOC-C--08/0048--SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-2535DiVA: diva2:136372
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