Ethnic boundary making among Swedish migrants in Helsinki

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Wahlbeck , Ö 2022 , ' Ethnic boundary making among Swedish migrants in Helsinki ' , Ethnic and Racial Studies , vol. 45 , no. 16 , pp. 168-188 .

Title: Ethnic boundary making among Swedish migrants in Helsinki
Author: Wahlbeck, Östen
Contributor organization: Swedish School of Social Science
Migration and Diaspora Studies Research Group
Date: 2022-12-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 21
Belongs to series: Ethnic and Racial Studies
ISSN: 0141-9870
Abstract: This is a study of ethnic boundary-making strategies promoted by Swedish migrants in Finland. The results are based on interviews with a sample of migrants in Helsinki without previous personal connection to Finland. The interviewees can be considered privileged migrants, and the study provides new information on the strategies of ethnic boundary making promoted by members of privileged ethnic groups. In Helsinki, the migrants from Sweden navigate a social field with local ethnic boundaries, including an autochthonous Swedish-speaking minority. Despite social integration in Finnish society, the migrants choose the strategy of boundary blurring, whereby the interviewees wished to question the importance of ethnic and national belonging. This choice of strategy can be explained by the ambivalence they experience in navigating the local ethnic categories and language policies. Thus, the results describe how societal structures shape individual strategies of ethnic boundary making.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
ethnic boundaries
ethnic groups
ethnic relations
skilled migrants
social integration
boundary making
language minorities
boundary theory
5171 Political Science
language policy
boundary making
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by_nc_nd
Usage restriction: openAccess
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