Living Integration:

Living Integration:

At the Crossroads between Official Policies, Public Discourses and Everyday Practices

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Fjord landscape in Trøndelag: houses, hills and mountains surrounding the fjord covered in snow.



This project will explore how the phenomenon and the concept of integration is perceived, practiced and experienced in political, institutional and everyday practices in specific local communities. The primary aim is to generate new knowledge on how all parts of Norwegian society, and not only migrant people, are affected by and take part in the complex processes of integration.

The project has a cultural analytical approach, focussing on narratives and everyday practices regarding access, belonging, equality and participation, as well as difference, exclusion and discrimination. We have a particular focus on asymmetrical structural and symbolic power dimensions of gender, class, sexuality, age and religion. The contribution of this project is thus an exploration of the social and cultural complexities involved when the political aim of integration is implemented in a local community, and embraced, discussed, challenged, disputed and negotiated at various sites and by differently positioned subjects.     



The project is funded by FRIHUMSAM, The Research Council of Norway (2017-2020).

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Paper presentations

Gullikstad, Berit; Kristensen, Guro Korsnes (2019) Mangfold som integreringsfortelling: (Re)produksjon av likhet og ulikhet. KjønnsforskningNÅ. Tromsø, Norway, 14-15 November

Penner, Angelina; Mililli, Stella; Kochaniewicz, Agata Maria. (2019) Et helt uakseptabelt angrep. Klassekampen 2019 s. 45-45

Kristensen, G.K. and Gullikstad, B. The Smaller the Better? Political Narratives on Immigration and Migrant Integration in Rural Norway, ESRS, Trondheim, Norway 25-28 June. 

Sætermo, T.F. (2019). “Here to leave? Refugee settlement as a strategy to increase populations in peripheral regions.” Nordic Geographers’ Meeting 2019, 18.June, Trondheim

Diallo, O-K. (2019). (De)Colonial Bodies: African Norwegian Responses to Everyday Racism. NORA, Reykjavik, Iceland, 22-24 May

Penner, A. (2019). The Ever-Hybrid Researcher. Critical Feminist Approaches in Studying Migrant Integration. NORA, Reykjavik, Iceland, 22-24 May

Penner, Angelina (2019). The Banality of Integration: Becoming Part of Society through Everyday Interactions in Rural Norway. Isfit, Trondheim, Norway; 15. February

Diallo, O-K. (2018). Becoming Black in Danmark: Blackness, diasporic belonging and racialized identites among women of African descent in Copenhagen. Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, Sweden 15-17 August.

Gullikstad, B. (2018). Between empowerment and social exclusion: Qualifying ethnic minority women for working life. Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, Sweden 15-17 August.

Kristensen, G.K and Gullikstad, B. (2018). Narratives about Migration, Integration, immigrants and Place in Norwegian Local Media. Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, Sweden 15-17 August.

Penner, A. (2018). The role of civil society for migrant integration in rural Norway. Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, Sweden 15-17 August.

Sætermo, T. (2018). Place and Belonging: Narratives of Venezualian migrants in Montreal. Nordic Migration Research Conference, Norrköping, Sweden 15-17 August.

Penner, Angelina (2018)Rethinking Integration. Kjønnsforskerstafett, Trondheim, Norway: 8. March  






International network

Ann-Dorte Christensen, Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University, Denmark

Maja Povrzanovic Frykman, Professor, Department of Global Political studies, Malmö University, Sweden

Suvi Keskinen, Appointed Professor, Swedish School of Social Science, Helsinki University, Finland

Maria Kontos, Senior Reseach Associate, institute of Social research, J W Goethe University, Germany