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The teenage witness – hero or snitch?

Författare och institution:
Susanne Liljeholm Hansson (Institutionen för socialt arbete)
Publicerad i:
Conference on social work research, May 23–24 2016 at the School of Social Work, Lund University,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
Susanne Liljeholm Hansson (GU), The teenage witness – hero or snitch? (SW) The article I want to discuss is based on an oneday-observation of an local community information campaign aimed at increasing young people’s willingness to testify in court. The event is taking place in a secondary school in a socio-economically disvantaged neighbourhood, by the police singled out as especially criminally charged. During the day a number of government officials meet the pupils at the school. These events are in the article subjected to a narrative ethnographic analysis. Local actors meaning-making processes, interaction patterns, self-presentation, positioning of each other and themselves and initiatives taken to place the own moral and understanding in a superior position, are in focus. In the analysis two understanding patterns appears as particularly evident – on one hand a legal oriented interpretation represented by the the government representatives, on the other hand a group of boys who, while they offer resistance to this approach, take the opportunity to present themselves as tough, brave and cocky young men. The remaining pupils are in the context positioned as audience. Even if they do not participate in the conversation particularly active, their approval or disapproval, expressed in looks, laughs and sighs, are of great importance for the progress and limits of the event process. The analysis is conducted at a micro level, but the claims made during the day can also be linked to social relations on structural level. The struggle for interpretive precedence is not fought between equals. From a structural perspective the event can instead be understood as a display of power from more established groups, in a prearranged encounter. Key words: Interpretive precedence, subject positions, self presentation, narrative ethnography, witness role
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Socialt arbete ->
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2016-09-11 00:06

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