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“Now I Know Norway from Within”: Boundary Work and Belonging in Au Pairs’ Narratives

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Olga Tkach

Centre for Independent Social Research (CISR), St. Petersburg, RU
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This article analyses how female au pairs from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) perceive some aspects of Norwegian society – public arrangements and rules; localities and social environment; and privacy and culture of parenting – to express their belonging to it. Applying the concept of boundary work, and drawing on in-depth biographical interviews with current and former au pairs, I show how they find their own place in a new context. I argue that boundary work through comparisons with the hosting Other and active reflection on differences and similarities of Norwegian and post-Soviet realities enables au pairs to appropriate new cultural and social sources and become more enthusiastic about subsequent integration in the host country.
How to Cite: Tkach, O., 2016. “Now I Know Norway from Within”: Boundary Work and Belonging in Au Pairs’ Narratives. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 6(4), pp.224–233. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1515/njmr-2016-0032
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Published on 01 Dec 2016.
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