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Sist endret: 7. mars 2017 13:33
NVI-rapporteringsår: 2016
Vitenskapelig artikkel

‘They assume dirty kids means happy kids’. Polish female migrants on being a mother in Norway

  • Gunhild Odden


Miscellanea Anthropologica et Sociologica
ISSN 2354-0389
e-ISSN 2354-0389
NVI-nivå 1

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Vitenskapelig artikkel
Publiseringsår: 2016
Publisert online: 2017
Volum: 17
Hefte: 3
Sider: 51 - 69



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‘They assume dirty kids means happy kids’. Polish female migrants on being a mother in Norway


This article deals with how the Polish in Norway perceive and talk about motherhood in a migratory context. The changes such a context might imply in terms of a parenting style, defined as a set of attitudes that express the parents’ behavior towards the child, are the article’s main focus. The results presented are based on qualitative interviews conducted with twelve Polish mothers in Norway. The empirical data shows that the mothers interviewed consider the Polish parenting style as rather demanding and intrusive while the Norwegian parenting style is considered as rather responsive and neglecting. The article shows, however, that there is no absolute connection between rather stereotyped perceptions of the Norwegian and the Polish parenting styles, and the actual attitudes identified in the analysis of the mothers’ narratives. Better economic opportunities are among the most important changes for the mothers, which in turn influences their perceptions and practices of motherhood. Furthermore, the diversity in perceiving, talking about and performing motherhood across borders are stressed, highlighting that the changes in terms of parenting styles are to be seen, above all, in terms of structural opportunities and personal experiences.


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Gunhild Odden

  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Fakultet for teologi, diakoni og ledelsesfag ved VID vitenskapelige høgskole
  • Tilknyttet:
    ved Senter for interkulturell kommunikasjon
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