Perfect Match? The Practice Ecology of a Labor Market Initiative for Refugees.

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Abstract

The article investigates the case of a Danish labor market initiative for refugees with a professional engineering background. The ambition is to identify the causes and contextual elements that are active in shaping labor market initiatives directed at groups of refugees. Contemporary theories of practice are used to investigate the structures that enable, constrain, and channel the activities related to the initiative. The discussion focuses on the practice of the initiative in order to analyze ways in which activities are organized in the site. Furthermore, it sets out to investigate how the practices exist and are interconnected in ecological arrangements where practice architectures hold one another in place. The theoretical conceptualization in terms of practice, practices, practice architectures, and practice ecologies helps to explain how a seemingly ideal initiative turned out to have little impact in bringing the refugee engineers closer to employment on the Danish labor market.
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The article investigates the case of a Danish labor market initiative for refugees with a professional engineering background. The ambition is to identify the causes and contextual elements that are active in shaping labor market initiatives directed at groups of refugees. Contemporary theories of practice are used to investigate the structures that enable, constrain, and channel the activities related to the initiative. The discussion focuses on the practice of the initiative in order to analyze ways in which activities are organized in the site. Furthermore, it sets out to investigate how the practices exist and are interconnected in ecological arrangements where practice architectures hold one another in place. The theoretical conceptualization in terms of practice, practices, practice architectures, and practice ecologies helps to explain how a seemingly ideal initiative turned out to have little impact in bringing the refugee engineers closer to employment on the Danish labor market.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftNordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Volume/Bind8
TidsskriftsnummerS4
Sider (fra-til)27-46
Antal sider20
ISSN2245-0157
StatusUdgivet - nov. 2018
PublikationsartForskning
Peer reviewJa
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