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Globalising Swedish countrysides?: A relational approach to rural immigrant restaurateurs with refugee backgrounds
Department of Geography and Economic History, Umeå University, Umeå .
Karlstad University, Faculty of Social and Life Sciences, Department of Geography and Tourism. Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Geography, Media and Communication (from 2013).
2018 (English)In: Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, ISSN 0029-1951, E-ISSN 1502-5292, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 82-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main purpose of the article is to connect rural immigrants’ business ventures and development in Sweden to relational perspectives on their proximate and distant family and co-ethnic networks at structural and individual levels. Accordingly, the authors employ a relational approach and draw on in-depth interviews. In the context of urban–rural relationships’ meanings for the restaurateurs’ business benefits and constraints, they address two questions: (1) What does embeddedness in proximate and distant family and co-ethnic networks mean for the interviewed restaurateurs and for their businesses? and (2) How do previous and anticipated transitions in the restaurateurs’ families influence their business decisions and migration trajectories? The results suggest that the interviewees employed transnational dimensions in their social embeddedness and that they maintained material and emotional relationships with their countries of origin. This relational approach thus contributes to a better understanding of what the studied businesses mean for the entrepreneurs and the selected localities. The restaurateurs contribute to a globalisation of Swedish countrysides, but their socio-economic potential for countering rural depopulation in Sweden is not fully realised. Additionally, the study illuminates how individuals influence, and are influenced by, place-to-place mobilities on a daily basis and during their life course. 

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London, UK: Routledge , 2018. Vol. 72, no 2, p. 82-96
Keywords [en]
embeddedness, entrepreneurship, refugees, rural depopulation, social networks
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Geography; Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-67101DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2018.1450781Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85044931787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-67101DiVA, id: diva2:1199494
Available from: 2018-04-20 Created: 2018-04-20 Last updated: 2018-06-07Bibliographically approved

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