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Transnational Polish Families in Norway

Social Capital, Integration, Institutions and Care

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Edited By Krystyna Slany, Magdalena Slusarczyk, Paula Pustulka and Eugene Guribye

This book provides timely insights into the lives of Polish migrants who have been settling in Norway with their partners and children, especially over the last decade. It brings together Polish and Norwegian scholars who shed light on the key areas of migrant family practices in the transnational space. The contributors critically assess social capital of those living mobile lives, discuss the role of institutions, as well as engage with the broad problematics of caring – both with regard to migrant children raised in Norway, and the elderly kin members left behind in Poland. Further, the authors tackle the question of the possibilities and constrains of integration, pointing to several areas of policy implications of transnationalism for both Poland and Norway.

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Krystyna Slany is a full professor at the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University, a member of the Program Council of the Public Affairs Institute, a Polish government expert (the Government Population Council) on migration policy and population issues, Vice President of the Research Committee on Migration at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Head of the Department of Population Studies, Director of Gender Studies at the Institute of Sociology at the Jagiellonian University (2002–2013). Professor Slany specialises in the field of social demography, social migration, and the sociology of gender and family. She is the author of such books f.e.: Between Pressure and Choice: Continental and Transoceanic Emigrations from Central-Eastern Europe (1939–1989), Emigration Trends of Poles, 1997; Alternative Marriage-Family Lifestyles in the Contemporary World, 2002, International Migration. A Multidimensional Analysis (ed. 2005), Female Migration (ed. 2008), Women in New Migration.Current Debates in European Societas (eds. K. Slany, M. Kontos and M. Liapi 2010), Decade of Polish membership in the EU. Social impact of emigration of Poles after 2004 (eds. M. Lesińska, M. Okólski, K. Slany and B. Solga 2014).

Eugene Guribye has a PhD in social anthropology from the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Bergen. He is currently senior researcher and head of Innovation in the Public Sector at Agder Research. His work has largely focused on coping among immigrants and marginalised groups.

Paula Pustułka completed a PhD in Sociology at Bangor University...

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