Claiming and Reclaiming Settings, Objects, and Situations: A Microethnographic Study of the Sociomaterial Practices of Everyday Life at Swedish Youth Homes
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

The aim of this study is to explore social interactions in the spatial and material environment within everyday life at special youth homes in Sweden, where youths with psychosocial problems, or criminal behavior are cared for involuntary. A microethnographic approach was chosen, and data was collected through participant observation. A theory integrating analysis, using Burke’s (1969) dramatistic pentad as a tool for structuring the data and Goffman’s (1956; 1961) dramaturgical perspective was undertaken. The findings demonstrate that the staff’s control over settings and objects also means control over the definition of what kind of place the special youth home is, and what takes place there. This is shown through a decorous behavior of sociomaterial control practices, rather than care practices, by the staff. This study contributes to knowledge on spaces and objects as crucial parts of care practices highlighting the intentions inscribed in institutional design and objects.

self-presentation

youths

sociomateriality

Goffman

residential treatment

microethnography

Författare

Kajsa Nolbeck

Göteborgs universitet

Helle Wijk

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

Göteborgs universitet

Göran Lindahl

Chalmers, Arkitektur och samhällsbyggnadsteknik, Byggnadsdesign

Sepideh Olausson

Göteborgs universitet

Sahlgrenska universitetssjukhuset

Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

0891-2416 (ISSN)

Vol. In Press

Ämneskategorier

Arkitekturteknik

Arkitektur

Socialt arbete

DOI

10.1177/08912416221082701

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2022-03-17