‘Becoming’ a possible threat : masculinity, culture and questioning among unaccompanied young men in Sweden

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title ‘Becoming’ a possible threat : masculinity, culture and questioning among unaccompanied young men in Sweden
Author Herz, Marcus
Date 2019
English abstract
A debate on masculinity and immigration rose across Europe in 2015 after an incident with sexual harassments taking place in Cologne, Germany. The incident refuelled a debate positioning unaccompanied young men as a possible threat. This article is based on a research project where we during this time ethnographically followed 20 young men, having arrived in Sweden as ‘unaccompanied’ minors. The aim is to examine how the young men themselves talk about, reflect on and negotiate masculinity and gender during this period. The article concludes that masculinity cannot be approached as something stable easily being inherited or transferred from one’s origins. One difference for ‘unaccompanied’ young men is how conflicts or tensions emerging in relation to issues of gender and masculinity tend to be interpreted differently, and publicly, putting the young men in a ‘gendered situation of questioning’.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/1070289X.2018.1441692 (link to publisher's fulltext.)
Link https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1070289X.2018.1441692 .Icon
Publisher Routledge
Host/Issue Identities;4
Volume 26
ISSN 1070-289X
Language eng (iso)
Subject Unaccompanied refugees
Masculinities
Culture
Gender
Migration
Young people
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
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