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Visible and invisible borders producing regional identities
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science.
2008 (English)In: MMWW08: 10th international interdisciplinary congress of womens, mundos de mujeres/Women's world 2008 : Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Madrid (España) 3 - 9 July, 2008, Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid , 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines identities in women's labour migration, and seeks to uncover some of the mechanisms by which they are identified and reproduced in a regional territory viewed in a Nordic context. One key question is how identities and gender are operating in the perspective of women's work migration? A common perspective among social scientists in general is concerned with work migration paying focal attention to Diaspora cultures and transnationality. In contrast I suggest that work migration, gender and identity can be understood in its very context of a regional territory. By using an intersectional approach as analytical tool I suggest it is possible to expand our understanding of identity formation and work migration by focusing different social contexts. Drawing on evidence from qualitative data collected 2001 and 2002 in total of 24 interviews with work migrated nurses from north part of Finland to north part of Sweden, this paper indicates that ones identity as skilled labour power contributes to the decision to migrate, but cannot bridge every difficulty encountered such as symbolic and social boundaries when crossing national borders. This article argues that symbolic and social boundaries are not necessarily constructed around nationality (or a national community) as some scientists maintain, symbolic boundaries are rather constructed around symbolical meanings (including and excluding mechanisms) which becomes visible markers of an existing regional identity.

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Madrid: Universidad Complutense de Madrid , 2008.
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Gender and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39923Local ID: eda1baa0-b0a3-11dd-9c9d-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:1013442
International Interdisciplinary Congress of Women, Mundos de Mujeres / Women's world : 03/07/2008 - 09/07/2008
Godkänd; 2008; 20081112 (sapi)Available from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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