Invisibilised Visions : Migrant mothers and the reordering of citizenship in a Nordic welfare state context

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Nordberg , C C 2015 , ' Invisibilised Visions : Migrant mothers and the reordering of citizenship in a Nordic welfare state context ' , Nordic Journal of Migration Research , vol. 5 , no. 2 , pp. 67-74 . https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0011

Title: Invisibilised Visions : Migrant mothers and the reordering of citizenship in a Nordic welfare state context
Author: Nordberg, Camilla Christina
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit

Date: 2015
Language: eng
Number of pages: 8
Belongs to series: Nordic Journal of Migration Research
ISSN: 1799-649X
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0011
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/173837
Abstract: In a time of welfare state restructuring, migrant background ‘stay-at-home’ mothers have become a politicised social category, constructed as unproductive and socially disengaged. The article examines the ways newly arrived women, who take care of children at home, enact and negotiate their own and their families’ early citizenisation process, with a particular focus on institutional encounters. Drawing on two case stories from the capital region of Finland, I discuss the dynamics of mothers’ claims-making for a transitionary citizenship, from the sphere of the home via social rights based public daycare to language training and education. I conclude that the constrained agency migrant mothers are subjected to, risks shaping a new gendered and racialised order of parenthood and ultimately of citizenship in the transforming welfare states.
Subject: 5145 Social work
Migration
motherhood
Citizenship
social work
neoliberalism
welfare policy
Gender
5142 Social policy
Migration
motherhood
Citizenship
Social work
neoliberalism
welfare policy
Gender
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