Sandra Karlsson. Foto: Niklas Björling.

Sandra Karlsson


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Works at Department of Child and Youth Studies
Telephone 08-120 762 12
Visiting address Svante Arrhenius väg 21A
Room 451
Postal address Barn- och ungdomsvetenskapliga institutionen 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Doctoral student

Section for Child and Youth Studies


Children´s living conditions, in Programme in Early Childhood Education. Degree works.


Doctoral project

Doctoral project: Youth, ethnicity and migration

Supervisor: Mats Trondman
Supervisor: Nihad Bunar
Research areaChild and Youth Studies, youth, ethnicity and migration
Research area: Children and youth in socially deprived situations


A selection from Stockholm University publication database
  • 2019. Sandra Karlsson. Children & society 33 (5), 429-442

    This study illustrates how asylum‐seeking children, through articulated emotions, respond to being affected by experiences that enhance or restrict their sense of belonging. The findings show that, owing to power structures and relations, the children's sense of belonging was made uncertain by temporal, situational and relational boundaries of belonging. However, through their articulations, the children also contested these boundaries. The study argues that the children were moved by their structural situatedness and that their articulated emotions demonstrated their micro‐politics. The study also visualises how children may be affected when their rights are not realised in their lived forms.

  • 2018. Sandra Karlsson. Childhood 25 (3), 311-324

    This study explores how children navigate institutional regulation at an asylum centre and how their political acts of resistance are expressed through their struggle to access play. It shows that the children used tactical awareness to identify the displayed strategies of the institutional regulation, which was conditional for their development of tactical acts, through which they handled that regulation. The children’s political acts of resistance and struggle for play, which were hidden to the institution, demonstrated how they claimed their right to play, although this right was still structurally denied. Consequently, their politics is a politics of impediment.

  • 2019. Sandra Karlsson. Children's Geographies 17 (1), 64-75

    This study explores children’s lived rights and articulated politics in the context of housing underpinned by their lived experiences in an asylum centre in Sweden. The findings reveal a discrepancy between the children’s articulated standpoints, where well-being is connected to having a home, and their lived experiences of lacking conditions for both house and home at the asylum centre. This discrepancy enables demonstration of the children’s articulated politics, as they criticize conditions, practices and relational aspects they experience as constraining their well-being at the asylum centre. Thereby, the children themselves identify the structural denial of their right to conditions for well-being and adequate housing. They also express what conditions for well-being should be accessible to them, which is interpreted here as their making rights claims when their formal rights are not fulfilled.

  • 2012. Sandra Karlsson.
  • 2010. Sandra Karlsson, Kjell-Åke Nordquist.

    Since the end of the cold war there has been a significant change in the nature of violent conflicts. Today most armed conflicts in the world are internal and start as internal struggles within a state. Because of the nature of the conflict former enemies in so called post-conflict situations then find themselves facing the challenge of rebuilding trust and respect after a long history of violence in order to be able to find a way to build a peaceful future together. One of the great challenges in these post-conflict contexts is the pursuit of justice with the aim of giving the victims redress after being subjected to severe violations so that their human dignity is restored. However, the meaning of “justice” varies and corrective justice can be retributive with a focus on prosecution and punishment of the offender or it can be restorative with the rebuilding of relationships and social harmony. In the Western world the tendency is to look at justice in a retributive dimension and the international community has through the establishment of international criminal courts and tribunals tried to enforce this approach to justice as a universal one. Nevertheless, some post-conflict societies have for different reasons turned their attention to restorative approaches to justice in forms of local and informal justice mechanisms. These two approaches to justice are investigated and analyzed in this study in order to find out in what way both of these methods can be understood to respect the Human Rights. In order to answer the research questions a theoretical analysis is combined with the empirical material presented in the case study of Uganda. The study thereafter can conclude that there are both weaknesses and strengths in both of the justice approaches and the methods that are used to promote them. The main challenge arises from the lack of empirical investigation among the victims themselves in order to find out in what way the people who have been subjected to Human Rights abuses understand justice and in what way they will prefer to get redress.

  • 2010. Jesper Hansen (et al.).
  • 2007. Sandra Karlsson.
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Last updated: January 27, 2020

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