Alireza Behtoui
Alireza Behtoui
 

Telephone: +46 (0)8 16 33 73
E-mail: alireza.behtoui@su.se
Room: B648

Alireza Behtoui’s research interests cover a range of areas such as the labour market and educational studies. His research has focused on the impact of social capital on the stratification process in fields like the transition from school to work, the marriage and labour markets, with a focus on the individual’s socioeconomic background, gender and “ethnicity”.

Research

Equal work-places in a world of inequality: A study of the factors that promote gender equality and ethnic equality at Swedish workplaces (Project funded by the Swedish Research Council)

By studying two different Swedish workplaces, this project focuses on the following research questions:

  • What is the association between employees’ formal qualifications (education and work experiences) and their salary and position in their workplaces?
  • Which kind of skills or qualities is valued as a workplace specific skill and competence?
  • What is the impact of the possession of social capital for workers’ wage and career development?
  • Are there differences between various groups (women and men, natives and foreign-born) regarding access to social capital at workplaces?

This study has a mix method approach and employs: the questionnaire survey, interviews, participant observation and discourse analysis.

Reducing Early School Leaving in the EU: A Comparative Qualitative and Quantitative Research (RESL.eu)

This project aims to provide insights into the mechanisms and processes influencing a pupil’s decision to leave school early; as well as into the decision of ESLers to enrol in alternative learning arenas unrelated to a regular school. Additionally, RESL.eu focuses on the vulnerable group of youngsters that left education or training early and are identified as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).

In order to be able to compare the data gathered in seven partner countries, RESL.eu will develop and refine the theoretical framework on ESL. Through a mixed-method design, a total of 28140 surveys and 1176 interviews/Focus Group Discussions will be conducted, generating in-depth data while allowing systematic comparisons and quantitative generalizations.

Where the available research data on ESL only explains isolated aspects of the evolution towards ESL, the RESL.eu project analyses ESL from a holistic perspective. By framing the complex and often subtle interplay of factors influencing ESL on macro/meso/micro level; and by deconstructing these configurations of influencing factors in the specific contexts where they occur, we expect to uncover specific combinations of variables and contexts influencing the processes related to ESL.

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Publications

Peer reviewed articles

Behtoui, Alireza (2015), "Beyond social ties: The impact of social capital on labour market outcomes for young Swedish people", Journal of Sociology, DOI: 10.1177/1440783315581217

Behtoui, Alireza and Anders Neergaard (2015), "Social capital and the educational
achievement of young people in Sweden", British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI:
10.1080/01425692.2015.1013086

Behtoui, Alireza (2013), "The Ethnic Penalty: Immigration, Education and the Labour Market". Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36, 915-929. (book reiveiw)

Behtoui, Alireza (2013), "Social Capital and Stratification of Young People". Social Inclusion, 1, 46–58.

Behtoui, Alireza and Erik Olsson (2013), ‘The Performance of Early Age Migrants in Education and the Labour Market: a Comparison of Bosnia Herzegovinians, Chileans and Somalis in Sweden’. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013, pp. 1-18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.836958

Behtoui, Alireza (2012), "Incorporation of children of immigrants: the case of descendants of immigrants from Turkey in Sweden". Ethnic and Racial Studies. DOI:10.1080/01419870.2012.696667

Behtoui, Alireza & Anders Neergaard (2012). “Social Capital, Status and Income Attainment in the Workplace”. International journal of Sociology and Social Policy, Volume 32 issue 1/2, pp. 42-55.

Behtoui, A. & Neergaard, A. (2010). “Social capital and wage differentials between immigrants and natives”. Work, Employment and Society, 24 (4):761-779.

Behtoui, Alireza (2010). “Marriage Patterns of Immigrants in Sweden”. Journal of Comparative Family Studies,41 (3):415-435.

Behtoui, Alireza & Anders Neergaard (2009). “Perception of discrimination in recruitment and place of work”.Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, 7(4, December):374-369.

Behtoui, Alireza (2008). “Informal Recruitment Methods and Disadvantages of Immigrants in the Swedish Labour Market”. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies,34(3, April):411-430.

Behtoui, Alireza (2007). “The Distribution and Return of Social Captial: Evidens från Sweden”. European Societies, 9:383-407.

Behtoui, Alireza (2004) “Differences in the Swedish Labour Market for Young People and the Impact of Ethnicity”.Labour, Vol. 18:633-60.

Review articles, book chapters, books

Westin, Charles, Alireza Behtoui, Constanza Vera Larrucea, Ali Osman (2015). "Introduction". In The Integration of Descendants of Migrants from Turkey in Stockholm. The TIES Study in Sweden, Charles Westin (ed.), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 11-24.

Behtoui, Alireza (2015). "Educational achievement". In The Integration of Descendants of Migrants from Turkey in Stockholm. The TIES Study in Sweden, Charles Westin (ed.), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 43-56.

Behtoui, Alireza (2015). "Social capital". In The Integration of Descendants of Migrants from Turkey in Stockholm. The TIES Study in Sweden, Charles Westin (ed.), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 57-68.

Behtoui, Alireza (2015). "Perceptions of discrimination". In The Integration of Descendants of Migrants from Turkey in Stockholm. The TIES Study in Sweden, Charles Westin (ed.), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 69-78.

Behtoui, Alireza (2015). "Conclusions ". In The Integration of Descendants of Migrants from Turkey in Stockholm. The TIES Study in Sweden, Charles Westin (ed.), Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, pp. 125-133.

Alireza Behtoui, Olav Nygård and Anders Neergaard (2014). “Ungdomar, socialt kapital och stratifiering”. I Utbildning, arbete, medborgarskap, Boréa Bokförlag, pp. 233-260.

Stefan Jonsson and Alireza Behtoui (2014). “Racism”. In International Migration and Ethnic Relations: critical Perspectives, Routledge, pp. 139-168.

Behtoui, Alireza & Stefan Jonsson (2013). “Racism” in Migrationens Och Etnicitetens Epok, – Kritiska Perspektiv I Etnicitets- Och Migrationsstudier, Dahlstedt och Neergarard (red.). Malmö, Liber, s. 168-198.

Behtoui, Alireza (2009b). “Social capital and Stigmatised Immigrants”.In European Perspectives on Exclusion and Subordination The Political Economy of Migration, A.Neergaard (red.). Maaschtrict: Shaker. pp. 232-237.

Behtoui, Alireza (2007). ”Segregerade nätverk: Vägen från skola till arbete”. I Utbildning, arbete, medborgarskap, M. Dahlstedt (red.). Boréa:Umeå. pp. 241-266.

Behtoui, Alireza (2006). Om de hade föräldrar födda på "rätt plats", om ungdomar med utländsk bakgrund i det svenska utbildningssystemet och på den svenska arbetsmarknaden. Norrköping: Integrationsverket.

Behtoui, Alireza (2006). ”Nätverksrekrytering, infödda och invandrare”. I På tröskeln till lönearbete, A. Neergaard (ed.). Fritze: Stockholm. pp. 137-156.

Behtoui, Alireza (2006). Unequal opportunities: the impact of social capital and recruitment methods on immigrants and their children in the Swedish labour market Linköping: Dept. Of Social and Welfare Studies (avhandling).

Behtoui, Alireza (2004). ”Nätverksrekrytering och diskriminering av invandrare”. I Pripp, O., Mångfald i kulturlivet. Mångkulturellt centrum, Tumba: Mångkulturellt centrum. pp. 23-28.

Behtoui, Alireza (1999). Invandrare på den svenska arbetsmarknaden. En delrapport från LO-projektet Ökad sysselsättning, ÖS., Stockholm: LO.

Information about past activities can be found in the Department’s previous Annual Reports.