Claims to a nation, dressing the part and other boundary making strategies by skilled migrants in response to ethnic categorization

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Koskela , K 2021 , ' Claims to a nation, dressing the part and other boundary making strategies by skilled migrants in response to ethnic categorization ' , Social Identities , vol. 27 , no. 2 , pp. 245-261 . https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2020.1816952

Title: Claims to a nation, dressing the part and other boundary making strategies by skilled migrants in response to ethnic categorization
Author: Koskela, Kaisu
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Sociology
Date: 2021
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Social Identities
ISSN: 1350-4630
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/13504630.2020.1816952
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/328804
Abstract: This article is about self-defined social identities, other people's perceptions of us and the potentially conflictual relationship between these two. Building on a Barthian focus on group boundaries, the article takes the interplay between external categorizations and internal group definitions as its point of departure to examine how individuals negotiate the boundaries of their social identities. Based on a case study of skilled migrants with racialized ethnicities in Finland, I look at how they express their self-defined identity as well-to-do, skilled professionals in the face of contradicting categorizations of them as unskilled , lower-class migrant subjects. I identify two types of complementary approaches employed by the skilled migrants in boundary making strategies to their identity negotiations: those de-emphasizing ethnicity (or its importance), and those emphasizing class status. These approaches are two sides of the same coin; coming from different perspectives, they both aim at a more positively viewed identity, and for individuals to be seen as well-to-do, educated, working professionals, rather than as ethnic migrant subjects. As such, the article also highlights the interconnection of class and ethnicity for the social identities of skilled migrants in Finland.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
Skilled migrants
categorization
boundary making
identity negotiations
ethnicity
gender differences
IMMIGRANTS
MIGRATION
PERSPECTIVES
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