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Seeing the wood and the trees. Assessing Swedish Nature-Based Integration utilising the theory of socio-cultural viability

Singleton, Benedict (2020). Seeing the wood and the trees. Assessing Swedish Nature-Based Integration utilising the theory of socio-cultural viability. Fennia : International Journal of Geography. 198 , 57-73
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Abstract

Migration is a prominent topic in many European societies, spawning numerous initiatives aiming to help 'integrate' newcomers. One subsection of these initiatives in Nordic countries is 'Nature-Based Integration' (NBI). Varied in scope, NBI involve activities where newcomers engage in activities in local natural environments. This article analyses NBI in Orebro County, central Sweden. It utilises the Mary Douglas derived theory of socio-cultural viability (cultural theory) in order to examine the group dynamics and related narratives found within observed activities. Utilising cultural theory's fourfold typology of social solidarities, the NBI observed were characterised as a combination of egalitarianism and hierarchy, with the other two, individualism and fatalism, considerably less prominent. This has consequences for the relevance of NBI to newcomers' lives - the initiatives' 'success' as far as participants are concerned will relate to whether NBI compliment or conflict with institutional narratives in the other, much larger, parts of their lives. The collected data suggest that narratives of individualism are arguably not as prominent in NBI as in the lives of newcomers and Swedes using nature. This article thus represents a first step in understanding NBI's impact in the complex situations newcomers find themselves.

Authors/Creators:Singleton, Benedict
Title:Seeing the wood and the trees. Assessing Swedish Nature-Based Integration utilising the theory of socio-cultural viability
Series Name/Journal:Fennia : International Journal of Geography
Year of publishing :2020
Volume:198
Page range:57-73
Number of Pages:17
ISSN:0015-0010
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 504 Sociology > Social Anthropology
Keywords:integration, Sweden, Mary Douglas, cultural theory, migration
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110080
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-110080
Additional ID:
Type of IDID
DOI10.11143/fennia.89965
Web of Science (WoS)000596505400012
ID Code:21447
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Swedish Biodiversity Centre
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:21 Jan 2021 14:03
Metadata Last Modified:21 Jan 2021 14:11

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