Nature and Networks: experiences of nature-based integration in Sweden

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Nature and Networks: experiences of nature-based integration in Sweden

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Nature and Networks: experiences of nature-based integration in Sweden
Author Coetzee, Claire
Date 2019
English abstract
Nature-based integration projects present nature and green spaces as an arena for interaction and integration between immigrants and native-born Swedes, and amongst immigrants of different backgrounds. To explore this, the study looks at experiences of NBI projects from the perspective of immigrants who have moved to Sweden and started the process of settling into the new society. The concepts of social networks, as well as structural, cultural, interactive and identificational integration were applied to view the interviewees experiences of nature-based integration activities in Sweden. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight immigrants', about their participation in NBI projects in Sweden, and how they describe their experiences and perceptions of nature and social interactions. The findings were that time spent in nature was experienced as beneficial for the individual by contributing to their psychological well-being and providing opportunities for socialisation,. Nature in Sweden was depicted as vast, accessible and inclusive when compared with their countries of origin. Interactions and new diversified social networks provided information exchange and novel knowledge. This was seen as one of the entry points to society, and another way in which to understand Swedish cultural traditions, as nature was generally perceived as important in Swedish society. The final results showed that participation in nature-based integration activities was able to contribute to their structural, cultural and interactive integration, but could not be linked to their identificational integration in Sweden.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject nature-based integration
Sweden
immigration
social networks
integration
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/28974 Permalink to this page
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