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Immigrant associations, integration and identity : Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European communities in Portugal


Sardinha, João

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Abstract This book sheds light on the integration processes and identity patterns of Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European communities in Portugal. It examines the privileged position that immigrant organisations hold as interlocutors between the communities they represent and various social service mechanisms operating at national and local levels. Through the collection of ethnographic data and the realisation of 110 interviews with community insiders and middlemen, culled over a year's time, João Sardinha provides insight into how the three groups are perceived by their respective associations and representatives. Following up on the rich data is a discussion of strategies of coping with integration and identity in the host society and reflections on Portuguese social and community services and institutions.

João Sardinha analyseert de integratieprocessen en identiteitspatronen van de Angolese, Braziliaanse en Oost-Europese gemeenschappen in Portugal, gezien vanuit deze bevolkingsgroepen. Door gebruik te maken van interviews en etnografisch onderzoek in Portugal komt dit onderzoek tot een typologie van deze drie groepen. Hierna volgt een analyse van het omgaan met de integratie- en identiteitsproblematiek in Portugal. Ten slotte wordt er een overzicht gegeven van acht verschillende Portugese sociale en gemeenschapsdiensten en -instellingen.
Keywords Portugal; immigration; ethnic group; representation of interests; integration; cultural identity; citizenship; political participation; migrant; mobilization; ethnicity; group cohesion; immigration policy; integration policy
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Publisher Amsterdam Univ. Press
City Amsterdam
Page/Pages 335 p.
Series IMISCoe Dissertations
ISBN 978-90-4850-673-6
Status Published Version; reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works