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Gendered Family Roles and Expectations in Transnational Somali Refugee Families: An Exploratory Multiple-site Study
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Research Platform of Social Work.
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies, ISSN 1920-7298, E-ISSN 1920-7298, Vol. 5, no 2, 296-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Studies of transnational families, in which members of the family live in different countries, have mostly focused on families who live apart as a result of economic globalization. However, transnational family life is not only a consequence of the global division of labor but also a consequence of increasing refugee flows. This explorative study is based on interviews with couples in three transnational Somali families, in which different family members either live in their destination country, Sweden, or the transit country, Kenya. The study shows that the geographical distance between the Somali couples has led to a new division of power and duties. The men have less control over the family’s economic and social resources, which has allowed the women to exert greater informal power. These changes cannot, however, be seen as permanent changes. The women interviewed worry about how their new life and lifestyle will work out when the family is finally reunited.

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2014. Vol. 5, no 2, 296-307 p.
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transnational families, refugees, Somalia, Sweden, gender roles
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-23729DOI: 10.18357/ijcyfs.borellk.522014OAI: diva2:714401
Available from: 2014-04-28 Created: 2014-04-28 Last updated: 2016-10-24Bibliographically approved

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