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Making Sense of Belonging: Translocal Subjectivity and Rootedness of Turkish-Born Women in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2401-9980
2023 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, E-ISSN 1799-649X, Vol. 13, no 2, article id 6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article elaborates on how sense of belonging is constructed over the life course of individuals by mapping out the affective and material dimensions of belonging in a translocal context. Specifically, it focuses on Turkish-born women who migrated to Sweden in their early to mid-adulthood and have lived in Sweden for 40 years on average. It asks how they make sense of their belonging as they age in Sweden and aims to shed light on the complex and fluid nature of translocal subjectivities. The empirical material consists of 20 in-depth semi-structured interviews with women aged 60 to 78. The analysis shows that belonging is informed by interconnected affective and material dimensions as individuals change and re-negotiate their situated life stories. The article concludes that belonging is temporally located over the life course and is constructed on a translocal scale which transcends national borders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki University Press, 2023. Vol. 13, no 2, article id 6
Keywords [en]
belonging, translocality, translocal subjectivity, migrant women
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-107747DOI: 10.33134/njmr.535ISI: 001019681800008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85162196547OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-107747DiVA, id: diva2:1789270
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EU, Horizon 2020, 754285Available from: 2023-08-18 Created: 2023-08-18 Last updated: 2024-01-17Bibliographically approved
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1. Weaving Translocal Lives, Bridging Ageing Experiences: Turkish-born Women in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Weaving Translocal Lives, Bridging Ageing Experiences: Turkish-born Women in Sweden
2023 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis explores Turkish-born women’s experiences of ageing in a translocal setting by looking into the narratives of women who lived in Sweden for 40 years on average. It is based on semi-structured in-depth interviews with 20 Turkish-born women who are between the ages 60 and 78. The overall aim of the thesis is to contribute to new knowledge about the diversified later life experiences of ageing migrant women from an intersectional life course perspective. The following research questions have guided the analysis: How do Turkish-born women con-struct their sense of belonging after almost 40 years in Sweden? How did the migration to Sweden influence the women’s understandings of gender norms? How do they make sense of ageing and care in a migration context? And how can we explore the complex power dynamics that have been produced over the life course of ageing migrant women? The study incorporates a cross-fertilisation of intersectional and life course perspectives to emphasise the simultaneous influence of agency and structural forces to reveal the racialised and gendered experiences of migrant women. The analysis shows that sense of belonging is constructed at a translocal scale that extends national borders and has a temporal nature. The women construct their sense of belonging through family and kin ties and become rooted in certain localities through negotiations and re-negotiations over the years. Care and work come to the fore as important sites of such negotiations as the women age in Sweden. Both care and work arrangements carry gendered patterns as they do and undo gender by performing household work, paid work and care for family and kin. The analysis shows that the women often have one foot in traditional gender norms while having another foot in gender equal norms. Moreover, the ‘doing’ of gender extends to old age. The women do age through negotiating intergenerational and gendered care with other actors in their lives. The study suggests an intersectional life course perspective to expand our gerontological imagination.

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Örebro: Örebro University, 2023. p. 114
Series
Örebro Studies in Sociology, ISSN 1650-2531 ; 25
Keywords
Translocal ageing, intersectional life course, doing age, doing gender, Turkish-born women, Sweden, care
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-108121 (URN)9789175295237 (ISBN)
Public defence
2023-10-27, Örebro universitet, Forumhuset, Hörsal F, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2023-09-07 Created: 2023-09-07 Last updated: 2023-10-17Bibliographically approved

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