Uledsagede Unges Institutionsliv

Michael Hansen, Lasse Ringø Hansen, Ditte Nikolajsen Volfbrandt & Luna Valgaard Jørgensen

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


This thesis aims to investigate unaccompanied asylum-seeking children`s possibili-ties within an institutional context. This particular group of children are often por-trayed as a vulnerable category, because of their loss and separation from their par-ents. Existing research within this field tend to focus on their wellbeing and emotion-al problems, and by where the children’s own perspectives are often restricted. We therefore seek to explore two unaccompanied children’s institutional life-situation through their own understanding and by what we concentrate our analytical focus around. The thesis theoretical framework, Stigma and Asylums of Erving Goffman and The struggle of recognition of Axel Honneth, will be involved to enable an investigation of the interactions between us and the unaccompanied asylum-seeking children. This thesis concludes that the unaccompanied is in need of the role as patients. Through interviews with the unaccompanied children we found that they posses the role as patients in two different ways. The reason is that they experience a stigmati-zation in social situations, and at the residence, they can compare themselves with others. This leads to a feeling of skin-accept from e.g. the leader and in that case, they intend to behave as normal individuals, but they can only be accepted with a skin-normality. At the residence, they learn how to navigate between norms and val-ues in society and thereby be accepted and recognized. Furthermore, we found that the unaccompanied had trouble with participating in the fellowship in the residence, which lead to shame and indignation. We found that the residence made it possible for the unaccompanied to gain their self-respect and self-esteem by having condi-tions in which they where able to gain the rights that society otherwise would restrict them from.

UddannelserPædagogik og Uddannelsesstudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato22 dec. 2015
VejledereKurt Bendix-Olsen


  • Goffman
  • Flygtninge
  • Interaktionisme
  • Opholdssted
  • Uledsagede
  • Institution
  • Honneth
  • Unge