Practicing Neighborliness in Public Space: An Ethnographic Study of Everyday Social Encounters among Asylum Seekers and Local Residents in Rural Denmark

Project: Research

  • University of Copenhagen
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Description

"Practising Neighborliness in Public Space: An Ethnographic Study of Everyday Social Encounters among Asylum Seekers and Local Residents in Rural Denmark" (2015-2018), individual postdoc research project, funded by Independent Research Fund Denmark (DFF). It formed an anthropological investigation of the everyday meeting and practices of neighborliness between asylum seekers and local inhabitants co-living in the small Danish town of Jelling (3.300 inhabitants). Here, an asylum center is placed in center of town, and asylum seekers and local residents share everyday residential and institutional public space. Instead of approaching this everyday local meeting in terms of a pre-defined dichotomy of 'us' and 'them', a discourse characteristic of much public debate on interethnic social encounters, the project has been asking how, on a micro-sociological level, various perceptions of togetherness and separateness are actually formed and enacted in daily life, through physical and social interaction within shared public space. Empirically and theoretically, the project has sought to advance knowledge of how everyday relations of proximity and distance are actually shaped and practiced across ethnicity and socio-legal status, concurrently analyzed from migrant and native perspectives, and it has sought to promote an understanding of migratory outcomes and multiethnic co-residency outside of an urban context. The research was carried out at the Centre for Advanced Migration research (AMIS) under the Saxo Institute, University of Copenhagen.
Short titlePracticing Neighborliness in Public Space
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date01/06/201501/06/2018

Research outputs

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