• Sadia Parvez
  • Christina Lund Nielsen
4. term, Social Work, Master (Master Programme)
In the political and public debate, there has recently been an increased focus on young men with different ethnic background than Danish and social problems related to this group. This focus stems from various complex factors.

Several studies point to the fact that the group of young men with different ethnic background than Danish is more prone to leaving academic studies after high school than their female counterparts. In addition, the group is also believed to have severe reading and writing difficulties after graduating high school. The research suggests that the reason behind this disparity is due to cultural differences, as well as linguistic and professional barriers. In addition, a lot of research shows that the failed education of young men with different ethnic background than Danish is due to prevalent discrimination in relation to allocation of academic internships and the overall job market.

Another current scenario that has led to increased focus on young men with different ethnic background than Danish in the media and the political debate is the fact that this group has a higher rate of criminal convictions than young men with native Danish roots. The type of crime that fills most of the debate is gang-related.

A third issue associated with young men with different ethnic background than Danish, which also receives great political attention is the group’s association with Islamist and fundamentalist factions in closed social environments, which becomes especially apparent in high-risk neighborhoods. The increased focus on this problem has risen particularly after the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 and with the turmoil in the aftermath of Jyllandsposten’s Mohammed cartoons.

The existing research shows several factors indicating that high-risk neighborhoods contain some dynamics that lead to the risk of the formation of the fanatical or criminal groups . The media reports, as well as the politicians’ findings with regards to young men with different ethnic background than Danish, who join fundamentalist environments or are involved in gang-related crimes, seem to support the same. This thesis examines those dynamics on the basis of qualitative interviews with young men with different ethnic background than Danish living in high-risk neighborhoods. In the effort to understand the social problems among the young men different sociological theories are used.
LanguageDanish
Publication date28 Feb 2013
Number of pages114
Publishing institutionAalborg Universitet, Kandidatuddannelsen i Socialt Arbejde
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