Tolerant, affirming and equal. Youthrelated sex,
health and relationship clinics (UMOs) in multicultural environments – a
tool for sexual integration

Project leader

Funding source

Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (RJ)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
Funding: 1980000 SEK


Many of today’s burning issues relate to the individual’s rights and circumstances in complex globalised societies. In particular, in contemporary multicultural Sweden a multitude of different ideas abound as to what constitutes appropriate sexual behaviour. By drawing attention to the specific prerequisites relating to UMOs in multicultural environments, the project connects with current research on sexuality, gender, integration and the dissemination of information. At the same time it is clear that UMOs – both in general and in environments in which several sexual norm systems coexist – is a surprisingly neglected research field. In addition, research into what the multicultural environment means for staff’s possibilities to create a fruitful dialogue with their young clients is virtually non-existent. With a point of departure in up-to-date theoretical research into gender and sexuality, the project is designed to meet the growing need for knowledge about the subject. A consequently applied ethnographic method means that the study is undertaken in the studied context. In this way, the project contributes valuable insights into the actual encounters that take place in the UMOs and in associated activities.

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