The cultural landscape of women refugees in Sweden - a road to information and integration

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Introduction. This research in progress explores women refugees’ information and integration challenges from the cultural perspective and proposes the concept of ‘cultural landscape’ as facilitator to refugees’ information and integration practices in Sweden.
Method. A qualitative research method of participatory observation, semi-structured interviews and unofficial discussions as a complement is been used in this study.
Analysis. The thematic analysis approach is used to analyse the observation and interviews data.
Results. Participants describe how two different forms of cultural landscapes – ‘reading and learning circles’ and ‘doing and learning circles’ have helped them in reconstructing fractured information landscapes by building bridges into new communities, maintaining links with co-cultural community network and achieving a sense of belonging and identity by psychological and spiritual support.
Conclusions. The research will identify the importance of cultural landscape in meeting refugees’ information and integration challenges in a new country.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation research: an international electronic journal
Subtitle of host publicationSpecial supplement: Proceedings of ISIC, the Information Behaviour Conference, Pretoria, South Africa, 28-30 September, 2020.
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2020
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventISIC2020: Information Behaviour Conference - Doctoral virtual workshop via Zoom, Pretoria, South Africa
Duration: 28 Sept 20202 Oct 2020

Publication series

NameInformation research: an international electronic journal
PublisherUniversity of Borås
Number4 Special supplement: Proceedings of ISIC 2020
ISSN (Electronic)1368-1613


Country/TerritorySouth Africa
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