Lina Lundström
Lina Lundström

Doctoral student: Lina Lundström

This thesis address young people´s friendship and peer relations in an upper secondary school in Sweden. More specific, the everyday life of how friendship boundaries are drawn, challenged and repaired, will be analyzed. Cultural sociological perspectives on performances have inspired me to look deeply into how different cultural ideals connected to friendship can be related to power (i.e. inclusion and exclusion processes).

My thesis shows that the students every-day-life of befriending and unfriending is hard work. Showing others where the boundaries for friendship are set while drawing on a greater narrative of identity formation – who am I, also in the eyes of others. Video recordings, interviews and traditional field observations are utilized in order to create a cultural sociological understanding of the performance of friendship in an educational setting.

In swedish: Att göra vänskap - en kultursociologisk analys av högstadieelevers relationsarbete.