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Aslan, Pinar, Fil. Dr.ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-6003-8823
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Aslan, P., Ahmadi, N., Wikström, E. & Sjöberg, S. (2020). Agency and adaptation: strategies of immigrants’ descendants on the Swedish labor market. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Agency and adaptation: strategies of immigrants’ descendants on the Swedish labor market
2020 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, ISSN 2245-0157, E-ISSN 2245-0157Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

This article explores how descendants of immigrants in Sweden understand labor market conditions, and how such understandings influence their occupational strategies. We interviewed twenty-one Sweden-born individuals with non-Western immigrant parents, and identified three strategies based on our analysis of the data: ‘choosing’ the right job, adapting the habitus, and using cultural capital in flexible ways. The first strategy covers interviewees working in jobs with labor shortages and/or high demand for employees with immigrant background. The second covers interviewees who could learn through failing, with substantial resilience and persistence. The third deals with interviewees who searched for jobs in branches that valued their particular skill set, entailing the importance of being flexible on the labor market.

Keywords
descendants of immigrants; second generation; labor market; habitus; occupation; work; cultural capital; strategies; qualitative interviews
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health-Promoting Work; Health-Promoting Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30839 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-23 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2020-05-08Bibliographically approved
Aslan, P., Wikström, E., Ahmadi, N. & Sjöberg, S. (2020). 'Kids' in between? Views on work, gender, and family arrangements among men and women of migrant descent in Sweden. Community, Work and Family
Open this publication in new window or tab >>'Kids' in between? Views on work, gender, and family arrangements among men and women of migrant descent in Sweden
2020 (English)In: Community, Work and Family, ISSN 1366-8803, E-ISSN 1469-3615Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This study used qualitative interviews to explore perceptions of labour market participation in relation to gender norms and parenting ideals among employed Swedish men and women of migrant descent. Using an abductive thematic approach, we demonstrate how the respondents viewed labour market participation from different perspectives. The females saw it as a source of emancipation, whereas the men primarily viewed it as a means of providing for a current/future family. While our respondents depicted themselves as dedicated to social norms of gender equality, they expressed gender-biased views on work and family. The respondents’ immigrant heritage also influenced their views on labour market participation, gender and family. Gender inequalities in the parental generation motivated them to arrange their work and family lives differently, and the Swedish social and political context offered them incentives and opportunities to be more gender-equal than their parents. We view and analyse these findings from a life course-perspective, showing how cultural and contextual influences affect respondents’ perspectives on work and family arrangements.

Abstract [fr]

Cette enquête s’appuie sur des entretiens qualitatifs afin d’explorer les liens entre la perception de la participation au marché du travail et les normes de genre et idéaux de parentalité chez les actifs et actives suédois issu.e.s de l’immigration. Mobilisant une approche abductive et thématique, nous démontrons quelles sont les représentations de nos répondant.e.s sur la participation au marché du travail selon différentes perspectives. Tandis que les femmes y voyaient une source d’émancipation, les hommes la considéraient avant tout comme un moyen de provenir à leur famille, présente ou à venir. Alors que nos enquêté.e.s se décrivaient comme engagé.e.s en faveur des normes d’égalité de genre, ils et elles ont exprimé des visions genré.e.s sur le travail et la famille. Leur héritage lié à l’immigration a aussi influencé leurs représentations de la participation au marché du travail, du genre et de la famille. Les inégalités de genre caractérisant la génération de leurs parents les ont poussé.e.s à organiser leurs vies professionnelles et de famille différemment et le contexte social et politique suédois leur a offert des incitations et des opportunités pour réaliser une plus grande égalité de genre que leurs parents. Nous étudions et analysons ces résultats à partir d’une perspective sur de cycle de vie, en montrant comment les influences culturelles et contextuelles affectent les représentations des répondant.e.s sur le travail et la vie de famille.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge, 2020
Keywords
Descendants of immigrants; labour market; gender; family; life course
National Category
Social Work
Research subject
Health-Promoting Work; Sustainable Urban Development
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30838 (URN)10.1080/13668803.2020.1734537 (DOI)000518575500001 ()2-s2.0-85080890302 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-10-23 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2020-04-20Bibliographically approved
Aslan, P., Sjöberg, S., Wikström, E. & Ahmadi, N. (2019). Door Openers? Public Officials as Supportive Actors in the Labour Market Participation of Descendants of Immigrants in Sweden. Nordic Social Work Research
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Door Openers? Public Officials as Supportive Actors in the Labour Market Participation of Descendants of Immigrants in Sweden
2019 (English)In: Nordic Social Work Research, ISSN 2156-857X, E-ISSN 2156-8588Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine how employed descendants of immigrants in Sweden perceive that interactions with public officials have benefitted their occupational aspirations and attainments. We conducted qualitative semi-structured interviews with twelve female and nine male descendants of immigrants, followed by an abductive thematic analysis. Applying a theoretical framework of social capital, we found three main influences of public officials from respondents’ perspectives: 1) connectedness, 2) supporting personal goals and focusing on possibilities, and 3) mediation of knowledge and information. We discuss and analyse the symbolic resources deriving from these influences, e.g. increased motivation and self-belief, and conceptualize these resources as social capital contributing to the occupational aspirations and attainments of immigrants’ descendants.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2019
Keywords
Descendants of immigrants, public officials, social work, social capital, labour market
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30787 (URN)10.1080/2156857X.2019.1680418 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-14 Created: 2019-10-14 Last updated: 2019-10-28Bibliographically approved
Aslan, P. (2019). How Do They Make It?: perspectives on labour market participation among descendants of immigrants in Sweden. (Doctoral dissertation). Umeå: Umeå universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>How Do They Make It?: perspectives on labour market participation among descendants of immigrants in Sweden
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This is a compilation dissertation based on a comprehensive summary and four empirical articles. The overarching aim of the dissertation is to study influences on the occupational aspirations and attainments of employed descendants of non-European, non-Western immigrants in Sweden, from their own perspectives. The results are based on qualitative interviews with 9 men and 12 women, all born in Sweden with two immigrant parents. At the time of the interviews, the respondents were aged 25–35 years and had been employed for a minimum of six months, most of them for at least three years.

Article I analyses and discusses family influences on the occupational aspirations of the descendants of immigrants. It employs a theoretical framework of cultural capital to demonstrate that descendants’ interpretations of their parents’ experiences and living conditions before, during, and after migration shape and positively influence their own occupational aspirations. The article also shows that siblings may function as important transferrers of knowledge and information.

Article II examines how the descendants of immigrants perceive that interactions with public officials have benefitted their occupational aspirations and attainments. Using the concept of social capital as an analytical tool, the article draws three conclusions. First, public officials who establish a sense of connectedness in interacting with descendants of immigrants may transmit substantial symbolic resources to them. Second, it is important for public officials to support their clients’ personally meaningful goals and to focus on possibilities for achieving those goals. The article also shows that public officials may help descendants of immigrants to form and fulfil occupational aspirations by transmitting important knowledge and information to them.

Article III explores how descendants of immigrants understand labour market conditions, and how these conditions influence their occupational pathways and strategies. The article employs the concept of habitus to analyse approaches and strategies on the labour market in relation to objective conditions. Three themes are presented in the article. The first theme, being in the “right” field, covers respondents working in branches with labour shortages and/or a high demand for employees with an immigrant background. These respondents used their personal backgrounds as “selling points”, turning the general disadvantage of having an immigrant background into an advantage. The second theme covers respondents who could learn through failing in entering and participating on the labour market, indicating a trial-and-error approach. The third theme deals with respondents who had actively searched for jobs in branches which value their particular skill set. The article highlights the important relationship between active individual agency and external, objective opportunities and constraints.

Article IV explores perceptions of labour market participation in relation to gender norms and parenting ideals among men and women of migrant descent. Starting from the literature on work, family, and gender in a context of migration, and in relation to the Swedish social and political context, four themes are presented in the results. The male and female respondents viewed labour market participation from different, gendered, perspectives. The women saw labour market participation as a source of emancipation, whereas the men perceived it as a means for providing for a current/future family. Thus, while they depicted themselves as dedicated to norms of gender equality, they also expressed gender- biased views on work and family arrangements. These gender-biased views largely reflect those of Swedish people in general, as demonstrated in earlier studies. Nonetheless, the results reveal that the immigrant heritage of the descendants of immigrants influences their views on labour market participation, perceptions of gender norms, and parenting ideals. The article shows how these descendants interpret and actively challenge gender inequalities in the immigrant generation in ways that support intergenerational changes in work-family arrangements.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå universitet, 2019. p. 93
Keywords
labour market participation; labour market conditions; occupational attainment; aspirations; descendants of immigrants; second generation; gender; family; social capital; cultural capital; habitus
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-30837 (URN)978-91-7855-124-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-11-15, Stora Jadwiga-Salen, Kungsbäcksvägen 47, Gävle, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2019-10-28 Created: 2019-10-28 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved
Aslan, P., Ahmadi, N., Sjöberg, S. & Wikström, E. (2019). What Works? Family Influences on Occupational Aspirations among Descendants of Middle Eastern Immigrants on the Swedish Labour Market. Nordic Journal of Social Research, 9, 134-160
Open this publication in new window or tab >>What Works? Family Influences on Occupational Aspirations among Descendants of Middle Eastern Immigrants on the Swedish Labour Market
2019 (English)In: Nordic Journal of Social Research, ISSN 1892-2783, E-ISSN 1892-2783, Vol. 9, p. 134-160Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article, we examine family influences on occupational aspirations among employed descendants of Middle Eastern immigrants. Using a qualitative approach, we conducted 21 semi-structured interviews with native-born descendants of Middle Eastern immigrants. We present and analyse their interpretations of their parents’ experiences and living conditions before, during and after migration and demonstrate how these interpretations shaped their own occupational aspirations. We discuss parents’ high expectations of their children in relation to ethnic-community valuations of educational and occupational achievements. These high expectations may increase the chances of social mobility but can also become a negative pressure, especially if parents set high standards but cannot help their children to meet those expectations. In these cases, older siblings who possess valuable knowledge of the educational system and labour market can function as important transferrers of resources.

Keywords
labour market participation, descendants of immigrants, family relations, social capital, cultural capital
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-29199 (URN)10.7577/njsr.2235 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-01-29 Created: 2019-01-29 Last updated: 2019-11-29Bibliographically approved
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