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Goran Basic

Goran Basic

Associate Professor
Linnaeus University
Sweden

Biography

Goran Basic has a PhD in sociology and is a senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy, Linnaeus University. His research concerns fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina; he has written articles on the postwar society and carried out an evaluation of a project in the juvenile care. Basic’s dissertation ‘‘When collaboration becomes a struggle. A sociological analysis of a project in the Swedish juvenile care’’ is based on ethnographic material. Currently analyzing: (1) narratives of youth that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and taken into custody and placed in institutions; (2) the obscure practices and rhetoric of the war, the emotions and moral of the war, human interaction during horrific captivity and escape but also the individuals requirements on restored respect and dignity when war experiences portrayed in the life stories; (3) the collaboration between border police and coastguard and between different actors in the youth care; (4) definitions of successful intelligence and operational police work. Main research and teaching areas: Sociology, Interactionist Theory and Analysis, Ethnography, Narrative Analysis, Social Constructivism, Criminology, War Sociology, Treatment Pedagogics, Social Psychology, Special Pedagogy, Conflict Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Ethnicity, Victimology, Social Work, Strategic Communication, Collaboration, Juvenile Care, Reconciliation, Concentration Camp, Sociological Theory, Substance Abuse Treatment, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Operational Police Work, Intelligence Police Work, Identity, Morality, Balkan History, Ethnic Conflicts, War, Youth, Institution, Interviews, Field Work, Refugee, Stigma, Social Comparison, Symbolic Interaction, Ethics, Ethnomethodology, Religion, Migration, Migrant, Diaspora, Nationality, Transition, Unaccompanied Child Refugees, Coordination, Document, Youngster, Project, Coordinator, Triad, Accounting Through Comparison, Role, Struggle, Alliance, Conflict, Conflict Point of Interest, Team, Dyad.

Research Interest

Youth with war experiences in institutional care. A sociological study of young immigrants’ stigma and social comparisons. 2016 - . Description: In war situations civilians are often direct targets of – and sometimes even participants – acts of war. Youth who have escaped war have directly or indirectly been involved in the war and as a result of this they will probably be affected over a large part or the rest of their life. The purpose of the study is to analyze narratives of youth that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and taken into custody and placed in institutions. The theoretical perspective is determined from an ethno-methodological influenced interactionism. Special attention will be given to the social comparisons and stories about stigma and victimization, which are expressed in the interviews. Material of the study is gathered through qualitative oriented interviews with youngsters in institutional care with war experience. Interviews with staff of the institutions is also to analyze how the organization of the possible treatment of these young people is manifested. War anomie, with David Wästerfors. 2016 - . Description: In this project the obscure practices and rhetoric of the war is analyzed, the emotions and moral of the war, human interaction during horrific captivity and escape but also the individuals requirements on restored respect and dignity when war experiences portrayed in the life stories. The project takes a different approach on ethnical and international conflicts by bringing the war back to ground level and intrusively analyze its moods, feelings, rituals and morals. Here - under the radar of usual media coverage, we car find the bizarre everyday life of the war. The material that is analyzed is mainly from field studies in the after war Bosnia and interviews with refugees and former soldiers from there. In addition, examples from other war and conflicts are used. Definitions of successful intelligence and operational police work. 2016 - . Description: This project will analyze how the police, border guards and coast guard, defines successful intelligence and operational police work. This qualitative study is based on ethnographic material collected by field observation and interviews. The fieldwork was conducted in 718 hours and seventy-three interviews were conducted with the border police, border guards and coast guard from Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. War Sociology - Renewed Analysis of Ethnographic Material from Bosnia. 2012- . Description: In this project analyzes verbally depicted experiences of survivors from the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. One aim of the project is to describe how the actors portray the social phenomenon of "war violence" "victimhood" and "reconciliation", and the second is to analyze discursive patterns that interplay in the creation of the terms “victim” and “perpetrator”. My research question is, How do the interviewees describe war violence, victimhood and reconciliation after the war? In this project, I try to access the phenomena of "war violence" "victimhood" and "reconciliation" by analyzing the interviewees’ stories, namely their own descriptions in relation to themselves and others. Successful collaboration. Described and Observed Experiences of Youth Care (financed by the Swedish National Board of Institutional Care). 2012- . Description: Previous collaboration research shows that problems and conflicts sometimes arise as a part of collaboration. This project analyzing successful cooperation, even if it unfolds during shorter interaction sequences. In this study I endeavor to describe the contributing factors that are necessary to achieve the phenomenon of a successful collaboration. I do this partially with help from studies published in the literature, but especially by analyzing my own empirical material: narratives from the interviewees and field notes. The aim is to analyze how and when the actors within youth care portray successful cooperation, and which discursive and interactive patterns are involved in the construction of this phenomenon.