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‘We Do Not Use Freezers in Syria’: Realignment and the Pursuit of Belonging Among Refugees in a Norwegian Village

Gard Ringen Høibjerg ()
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Gard Ringen Høibjerg: Inland Norway University of Applied Science

Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2020, vol. 21, issue 4, No 5, 1083-1096

Abstract: Abstract In this essay, I introduce a conceptual pair consisting of Bourdieu’s doxa concept and the synchronizing concept entrainment to show how refugee resettlement entails a process of realignment. This realignment, I argue, comes as a result of how people in different locations are subject to different rhythms of everyday life, wherein the construction of normality—as a doxic reality—is produced through a quasi-perfect fit between expectations and reality. The essay explores the arrival stories of refugees in a rural municipality in Norway and presents how they through various strategies realigned their expectations with the local realities they found themselves in: thus pursuing a new doxic reality. Through the essay, I aim to give attention to the micro-processes of refugees’ integration in new communities to illustrate how they engaged with their local communities through entrainment as a process of realignment.

Keywords: Integration; Displacement; Doxa; Refugees; Entrainment; Norway (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s12134-019-00699-4

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