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Integration, Recognition and Security: Discourses on social support by families with a Russian background living in Finland

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Eveliina Heino ,

University of Helsinki, FI
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Minna Veistilä

Kymenlaakso University of Applied Sciences, FI
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Abstract

This article analyses the discursive representations of social support received through social relationships by families with a Russian background. As a result of the analysis, three discourses are identified: the ‘Integration’ discourse, the ‘Recognition’ discourse and the ‘Security’ discourse. These discourses define the social support received through informal and formal relationships from different angles, highlighting the complexity and tension between relations. The analysis reveals situations in which social support is lacking and shows how the existence of social relationships does not intrinsically carry positive effects.
How to Cite: Heino, E. and Veistilä, M., 2015. Integration, Recognition and Security: Discourses on social support by families with a Russian background living in Finland. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 5(2), pp.91–98. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2015-0013
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Published on 01 Jun 2015.
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