CITIZENSHIP AND PARTICIPATION IN IMMIGRANT POLICIES. A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF FINLAND AND DENMARK


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  • 21 000,00


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Project start date: 01/08/2017

Project end date: 31/07/2018


Summary

My doctoral dissertation project focuses on political citizenship in the context of Finnish and Danish immigrant incorporation policies. I analyze various administrative, political and legal texts that define which knowledge, skills, values and deeds are expected of the migrants who are to be incorporated. I am particularly interested in examining what kind of expectations the texts discursively construct with regard to ‘good citizenship’ and participation in political life. I find these constructions intriguing, as they disclose what is regarded as essential to know and do in these societies, and what kind of qualities newcomers are assumed to lack. I assess the representations with the help of theories of democracy, citizenship and governance. Case studies on central policy documents within incorporation policy and documents related to language and civics courses in two countries contribute to critical policy analysis, both in the area of immigrant incorporation and political participation.

The societal relevance of my work springs from the fact that categorizations of people are powerful in sustaining and questioning hierarchies in society. My results can be helpful for a variety of actors who wish to gain a deeper understanding of immigrant incorporation policies and the ways in which they promote and restrict the realization of political rights.


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