Finding a place for oneself
Processes of settlement in Denmark
in Iraqi women in Denmark
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Focusing on the settlement of Iraqi families in Copenhagen, this chapter situates women’s participation in the ethno-religious milieu in the context of broader processes of inclusion and exclusion taking place in Denmark. The chapter explores Iraqi women’s construction of a social network in Copenhagen and demonstrates the great impact that the Danish welfare state has had on the trajectories of social incorporation of Iraqi refugees in Denmark. Through the analysis of an extended case, it gives special attention to the downward social mobility experienced by many Iraqi women in the course of their settlement, and the discrimination they can face as immigrants and Muslims. The chapter argues that while the women’s social networks may appear to make up a form of continuity rooted in their ethno-religious background, they are to a large extent a reflection of the women’s new social positions in society. Moreover, the cross-section of factors such as social class, gender, ethnicity and local context not only affect the social position that the women acquire in society, but also – not least – how they experience and come to see the society in which they live.

Iraqi women in Denmark

Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life

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