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The unruly young men: Exploring some key constructions of masculinity within Swedish social services

Journal article
Authors Helena Johansson
Ing-Marie Johansson
Published in Indian Journal of Social Work
Volume 77
Issue 1
Pages 21-37
ISSN 0019-5634
Publication year 2016
Published at Department of Social Work
Pages 21-37
Language en
Keywords Class, Ethnicity, Masculinity, Social construction, Social work
Subject categories Social Work


The article draws on two research projects conducted at the University of Gothenburg and highlights how social workers construct and reconstruct young masculinities. In the light of recent debates in India, induced by the gang rapes in New Delhi, the intersection between masculinity and class is of great relevance to social work. Research from both countries highlights a problematic situation within social work as boys from lower social classes often are predicted to become low achievers or drug addicts. Instead our focal point should be turned towards how we in interaction with our surroundings are shaped as males and females.

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