Dr. Goran Basic
Sociology Department

Goran Basic is an associate professor in sociology and a senior lecturer at the Department of Pedagogy, Linnaeus University in Sweden. His research concerns fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has written articles on the postwar society and carried out an evaluation of a project in the 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. Currently analyzing: (1) the obscure practices and rhetoric of the war, the emotions and moral of the war, human interaction during horrific captivity and escape but also the individuals requirements on restored respect and dignity when war experiences portrayed in the life stories; (2) narratives of youth that have experienced war, taken refuge in Sweden, and taken into custody and placed in institutions; (3) the collaboration between border police and coastguard and between different actors in the youth care; (4) definitions of successful intelligence and operational police work. Main research and teaching areas: Sociology, Interactionist Theory and Analysis, Ethnography, Narrative Analysis, Social Constructivism, Criminology, War Sociology, Treatment Pedagogics, Social Psychology, Special Pedagogy, Conflict Sociology, Peace and Conflict Studies, Ethnicity, Victimology, Social Work, Strategic Communication, Collaboration, Juvenile Care, Reconciliation, Concentration Camp, Sociological Theory, Substance Abuse Treatment, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Operational Police Work, Intelligence Police 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, Collaboration, Alliance, Conflict, Conflict Point of Interest, Team, Dyad.


"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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