• Mette Juhl Pedersen
4. semester, Socialt Arbejde, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
This master thesis aims to examine four social workers’ experiences related to social problems with minority ethnic young people who are exposed for social control with their sexuality. Social control may therefore be understood as a professional term which in other words means: Some minority ethnic families’ tool to behavioural regulation of their minor family members’ sexuality. The families’ purpose of social control is to achieve highly status of honour in some minority ethnic communities. In order to avoid misunderstandings and prejudices I have italicized the words “some”, because I want to establish that social problems related to social control whit minority ethnic young people’s sexuality do not exist in all minority ethnic families or communities.

In addition, this master thesis also examine the four social workers’ experiences of why the problems are different between the sexes of young men and women, as existing research results shows, that minority young women’s sexuality (compared to men’s sexuality) are more likely to be controlled.

Finally, this master thesis examines the social workers’ suggestions of prevention to their explicated experiences with social problems related to social control with minority ethnic young people’s sexuality.
Based on philosophical hermeneutics and qualitative methods, the social workers are interviewed in order to achieve the purposes of this master thesis. All of the social workers work in Danish NGO’s where the purpose is to prevent that minority ethnic young people live lives with social control with their sexuality. Therefore all the social workers have in common that they fight for progressing minority young people’s sexual rights - which is a part of all people’s human rights as for example; equal rights no matter of gender.

The findings maintain that there’s consensus between the social workers’ experiences of what consequences of social control with sexuality can be for some minority ethnic young men and women: Forced marriages, violence and “rehabilitations journeys” to family members who live in countries of origin – either stay there - or to learn how to behave honourable in the future.
The findings for minority ethnic young women can be: Deprivation of social arrangements and privacy, social control of virginity due to myths of the female sexuality, forced gynaecological doctor visits to document the women’s’ virginity, “virginity-reconstruction-operations” and problems related to move and break contact with their families. The findings about the women’s problems show that social control is often centred about controlling women’s sexuality.

Findings about men’s problems are related to other factors. Factors as: Some men are forced of their families to control their sisters in their spare time in order to be accepted as “real men” in some patriarchal- and collectivistic family structures. Findings show that men more often can decide what they want to do in their spare time and that men also are allowed to have girlfriends, drink alcohol and go to parties (compared to the women). But the findings also show that this freedom someday may be over, because it is expected in some minority ethnic families that men at a certain time shall be married to an honourable woman from an honourable family. Therefore, the findings show that the problems between the genders of young men and women are different, because living up to the gender roles strengthens status of honour in some minority ethnic families and communities.

Furthermore, the findings show that consequences for minority young men and women are that social control leads to lack of physically and mentally wellbeing. Therefore is it important to find out how social interventions in the future social work can prevent these problems related to social control with minority young people’s sexuality.The social workers highlight following six social intervention suggestions that, they mean, can help preventing social problems related to social control with minority ethnic young people’s sexuality in the future social work: (1) Mentoring for young minority ethnic women that have moved and broken contact with their families, (2) “conflict resolution”, (3) “safe spaces” for minority ethnic LGBT+ young people, (4) special education in honour related conflicts and social control for school teachers, (5) strengthening minority young people’s abilities to know how to search for professional help if needed. (6) The last finding is related to the importance of involving minority ethnic parents in sexual education classes to achieve constructive dialogs between teachers, students and parents in order to succeed in replacing myths due to the female sexuality - with facts.
Udgivelsesdato5 dec. 2017
Antal sider96
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