Dr. Goran Basic
Sociology Department

Goran Basic is an associate professor in Sociology and a senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy and Learning, Linnaeus University. His research concerns fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina; he has written articles on post-war society and carried out an evaluation of a project in 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. He has also analyzed policing practice in the Baltic Sea area and the experiences of young people who have lived through a war and been placed in HVB homes (residential care homes for children and young people) in Sweden as well as experiences of institutional staff working daily with these young people. Currently analyzing: (1) the achievements, obstacles, collaboration, and identities in senior high school work with students who use alcohol and drugs; (2) the possibilities, obstacles, identities, and collaboration in senior high school work with newly arrived students; (3) narratives by young people who have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and been taken into custody and placed in institutions, and narratives by institutional staff about the daily work with young people with war-experience who are being taken care of; (4) the obscure practices and rhetoric of war, emotions and morals of war, and human interaction during horrific captivity and escape, in company with individual requirements for restored respect and dignity when war experiences are portrayed in life stories; (5) collaborations between border police and the coast guard and among different actors in youth care and school; and (6) definitions of successful intelligence and operational police work. Main research and teaching areas: Pedagogy, Sociology, Interactionist Theory and Analysis, Ethnography, Narrative Analysis, Social Constructivism, Discourse, Criminology, War Sociology, Treatment Pedagogics, Social Psychology, Special Pedagogy, Education, Learning, Pedagogic Counselling, Special Needs Education, Conflict Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Ethnicity, Victimology, Social Work, Strategic Communication, Collaboration, Juvenile Care, Prison and Probation Service, Social Service, Reconciliation, Concentration Camp, Sociological Theory, Substance Abuse Treatment, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Police, Coast Guard, Border Guard, Operational Work, Intelligence 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, Multilinguality, Language Learning, Language Development, Category, Social Pedagogy, Inclusion, Integration, Achievement, Obstacle, School, Student, Possibilities, Anomie, Moral Panics, Ideology. Basic is working on a number of collaborations with stakeholders within and outside academia. He is also a coordinator for the Centre for School Development and Educational Leadership at Linnaeus University.


"At times we feel compelled to hold our past experiences accountable for our present condition. The desire to blame who we are on what did or did not occur in our lives overpowers our need to be accountable for what we choose to do or not do about it. It is not the action, but the reaction to the action that is of the most importance. To live this truth is our opportunity to redefine ourselves." – Richard A. Snipes


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