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Family Life in Transition : Borders, Transnational Mobility, and Welfare Society in Nordic Countries (2020)

Hiitola, J., Turtiainen, K., Gruber, S., & Tiilikainen, M. (Eds.). (2020). Family Life in Transition : Borders, Transnational Mobility, and Welfare Society in Nordic Countries. Routledge. Routledge Studies in Family Sociology. https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429024832

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All authors or editors: Hiitola, Johanna; Turtiainen, Kati; Gruber, Sabine; Tiilikainen, Marja

ISBN: 978-0-367-11101-4

eISBN: 978-0-429-02483-2

Journal or series: Routledge Studies in Family Sociology

Publication year: 2020

Number of pages in the book: 216

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: Abingdon

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429024832

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This volume examines the ways in which bordering practices influence the everyday lives of racialized parents in the changing welfare states of Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. Focusing on the need to negotiate, adjust, and reconcile family life, parenthood and parenting practices in the face of national, material, ideological, cultural, religious, and moral borders, it considers the manner in which these processes are complicated by recent changes in the legitimation of Nordic welfare states. The case studies centre on migrant, refugee, and asylum seeker parents, as well as parents of the indigenous Sámi communities. The book considers the ways in which the welfare state and its services construct borders of respectable parenthood, and examines the efforts on the part of racialized parents to negotiate such borders and organize their transnational everyday lives. Uncovering possibilities and obstacles that exist for families seeking to enact citizenship in the Nordic welfare states, Family Life in Transition will appeal to social scientists with interests in the sociology of the family, children, parenting, and the welfare state.

Keywords: families; family life; parenthood; migration (demography); immigrants; minorities; boundaries; transnationalism; welfare state; family research; family sociology

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Reporting Year: 2020

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