Start Submission Become a Reviewer

Reading: “My Children are Norwegian but I am a Foreigner”: Experiences of African immigrant parents w...

Download

A- A+
Alt. Display

Research

“My Children are Norwegian but I am a Foreigner”: Experiences of African immigrant parents within Norwegian welfare society

Authors:

Berit Overå Johannesen ,

Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO
X close

Lily Appoh

Department of Psychology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO
X close

Abstract

The article examines how the role of being a parent contributed to experiences of inclusion and exclusion by the adults of eight families with African backgrounds in Norway. We present reflections on ethnicity and citizenship, and on Norwegian parenting values and practices as a background to descriptions on how the African adults experienced encounters with Norwegian adults such as neighbours, other parents, and professionals. The role of being a parent opened a range of opportunities for social interaction and learning. The interactional episodes described by the adults did, however, seem to be constrained by universalistic understandings of ‘good parenting’ and a focus on children’s rights and parental responsibilities consistent with Norwegian practices. This contributed to a sense of being different and morally suspicious. In this situation, the African adults found themselves without an equal position from where to voice alternative parenting values and with their parental authority weakened.
How to Cite: Johannesen, B.O. and Appoh, L., 2016. “My Children are Norwegian but I am a Foreigner”: Experiences of African immigrant parents within Norwegian welfare society. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 6(3), pp.158–165. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2016-0017
19
Views
16
Downloads
Published on 01 Aug 2016.
Peer Reviewed

Downloads

  • PDF (EN)

    comments powered by Disqus