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Title: Growing up in the UK : examining the discursive constructions of young adult Kosovar-Albanian men
Author: Thaci, Rozina
ISNI:       0000 0004 2711 864X
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2011
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Research conducted into the refugee experience appears largely focused on women and child populations (Mutesi, 2009; Jaji, 2009; Judge, 2010) and clinical samples. There is limited research exploring the experiences of non-clinical populations of young adult Kosovar- Albanian1 men in the UK. The aim of this paper has been therefore, to examine how this group of men have made the transition from adolescence into manhood, the discourses they draw upon regarding adaptation, its impact on their identity construction, and implications of these discursive resources in terms of opportunities for action. Data was analysed from a social constructionist perspective using Focauldian Discourse Analysis. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 young adult Kosovar-Albanian men aged between 18-25 years old. Analysis indicated that participants displayed a strong sense of self-determination as they integrated into the UK's multi-cultural society, whilst simultaneously resisting negative dominant discourses. As a result, alternative discourses emerged which positioned them as 'achievers' who worked hard to 'fit in', by being 'good citizens'. The importance of alternative models of support, such as community-based interventions was raised. Furthermore, this paper has emphasised the negative effects of labelling and is calling for a shift in these social perceptions which are directed towards young refugee men, who are in danger of being marginalised. The implications for clinical practice are also presented. 1 Kosovo is the most common spelling (official version) for this region. Kosovo is the Serb version of the name and the culturally correct version is Kosova. Kosovar-Albanian is the term that I have used throughout this study to distinguish the Albanians who originate from Kosova. Until now the term 'Kosovan' has been used to describe people from Kosova.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Coun.Psych.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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