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Transnational Couples: Looking at cultural differences from within a relationship
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Global Studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Despite a growing literature on transnational couples, little is known about the challenges they face. The aim of this paper is to study these challenges and to identify coping strategies. In order to understand these issues, qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven couples. Responders consisted of partners from different cultural backgrounds and were either married or in a romantic relationship. The paper looked at the cultural changes that lead up to the acceptance and growth in transnational relationships. Furthermore, the study examined how these changes have affected and are still affecting the individual couples. Through the interviews, the research looked at the interpersonal dynamics to identify the role of culture within the relationships. Culture, it was found, still plays a great role in the day-to-day life of the transnational couples, in spite of the shift from traditional to more liberal values identified in the study. The challenges faced by the couples were very different from each other as the study represented couples from different backgrounds together with their partner, a native Swede. However, a common issue among the couples was communication breakdowns and a lack of understanding of the partner’s background. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 34 p.
Doktorsavhandlingar från Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, ISSN 1652-7933
, Nonhlanhla Berglund
Keyword [en]
Transnational couples, Strategies, Culture
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-25811OAI: diva2:785407
2014-06-04, School of Communication and Learning, Högskoleområdet Gjuterigatan 5, Jönköping, Jönköping, 08:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-02-09 Created: 2015-02-02 Last updated: 2015-02-09Bibliographically approved

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