Crime among Young Non-Western Male Immigrants and Descendants Young male Immigrants and descendants with non-western background represents an unfortunate development in the criminal statistics in Denmark. While approximately 10 per cent among young ethnic Danes between 20 and 29 years committed a crime in 2013, this number was 20 per cent among the young male immigrants and descendants in the same age interval. With this project I seek to clarify causal explanations for criminal behaviour within this group. My starting point is narratives told by young men in which they tell about their life and how they became criminals. Since my analysis is based on narratives, chosen from specific criteria, my conclusions should be understood as a small glance on a great social issue. My focus is on a group within the bigger group. The analysis is divided into two sections. The first concerns the stigma the young men feel they are exposed to, and how that affects the way they see themselves in relation to others. I apply Erving Goffman's theory on stigma, and Howard Becker's on outsiders. The second part of the analysis is about how the stigma makes the young men form groups. In this part I discuss the issue around Richard Jenkins' theory on social identity, and more specific his theorizing about groups and categorization. I also apply Thomas Hobbes' idea of the social contract on which the society is build. Through the analysis I find that the young men feel stigmatized by and in the Danish society. They feel that the stigmatization is based on their ethnic background, and that they are assigned cultural and religious characteristics, that they do not share. They feel affected by the exclusion and start to perceive themselves as outsiders. The stigmatization has an impact on their social life, and they seek acceptance and recognition among young men who feel the same disappointment over the exclusion from society. The behaviour within the groups are often violent in an attempt to show their reluctance toward the conventional society that they do not feel a part of.
|Uddannelser||Kultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||19 dec. 2014|