The construction of vulnerable identities in frontline professionals’ practice

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In the Danish Strategy against Radicalization and Extremism, the concept of vulnerability appears in policy documents at different levels. In this context, vulnerability is used to describe person profiles frontline professionals must pay attention to in their work of preventing radicalization and extremism. In policy, vulnerability often occurs in conjunction with the concept of risk. Scholars argue that vulnerability and risk have some commonalities, but vulnerability differs from risk in a number of issues that are important to consider in the practice field that refers to the concept. In opposite to risk, the concept of vulnerability creates a pattern of mechanism which are much more pervasive than risk (see Beck 2009; Brown 2017; Brown et al 2017; Brown 2015; Fineman 2013; Mackenzie et al, 2014). Scholars also argues that the political use of the concept of vulnerability leads to individualization of social and societal problems (Brown 2015a, Mackenzie et al, 2014).This project elucidates how caseworkers describe vulnerable identities and how they distinguishe between general vulnerability and specific vulnerability towards radicalisation. The project is based on qualitative interviews with caseworkers from the department of Young People from three Municipalities in Denmark.
Publikationsdato30 maj 2020
StatusUdgivet - 30 maj 2020
BegivenhedFORSA Nordic 2020 Conference: “No one will be left behind” -
Varighed: 4 nov. 20206 nov. 2020


KonferenceFORSA Nordic 2020 Conference: “No one will be left behind”


  • Socialt arbejde og sociale forhold