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The Interaction of Local Context and Cultural Background: Somalis' Perceived Possibilities in Nordic Capitals' Housing Markets
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Housing and Urban Research.
2015 (English)In: Housing Studies, ISSN 0267-3037, E-ISSN 1466-1810, Vol. 30, no 3, 433-452 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Immigrants' housing position is often explained by (lack of) resources or differences in cultural backgrounds. Recent studies have included the importance of local context. The aim of this paper is to examine Somalis' perceptions of their possibilities in four Nordic capitals' housing markets: Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo and Stockholm. The approach is an interview study based on immigrants' own explanations of what they strive for and how they assess the impact of local conditions and cultural background for their possibilities. We found that local context and cultural background intertwine and sometimes conflict with each other, but that the negotiation between cultural background and local context was individual. The conclusion is that local context and cultural background are important factors for understanding differences between Somalis on different housing markets, thus emphasising that local context and cultural background have to be studied together to understand perceived housing possibilities.

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2015. Vol. 30, no 3, 433-452 p.
Keyword [en]
Somalis, cultural background, Housing market, housing choice, local context, comparative housing
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-260162DOI: 10.1080/02673037.2014.973386ISI: 000357326100005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-260162DiVA: diva2:846542
Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-08-17 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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