Youth and social exclusion: identity, learning and territorial stigmatisation

This network's focus is directed towards youth with ethnic minority background and their integration into Nordic society through education, living conditions and on the labour market.

Post-industrial society is characterised not only by prosperity and life-style experimentation amongst the middle classes, but also by segregation and social inequality, marginalisation and exclusion processes. This society also displays large differences in young people's living conditions.

For more than a decade, we in the Nordic countries have faced new challenges in terms of understanding the diverse, marginalised youth groups who are sentenced to subordinate living conditions and cultural marginalisation.

Welfare states in the Nordic countries have for decades had many common goals in respect to these issues. However, there are also significant differences, for example in terms of industrial development, urban planning, immigration and asylum- and refugee policy.

On the basis of an analysis of post-industrial development patterns, the network turns their attention to youth segregation and integration processes, examining the significance of multidimensional poverty and ethnic otherness to an understanding of immigrant youth identity work in contemporary Scandinavia. Are schools able to promote integration, or only consolidate the current structure?

The network will create the conditions for a common Nordic approach that is able to reflect and consider the differences and similarities in the Nordic countries' development patterns.

Facts about the project
Project leader

Dennis Beach, University of Borås, Sweden