Conditioned receptiveness: Nordic rural elite perceptions of immigrant contributions to local resilience

Susanne Søholt, Susanne Stenbacka, Helle Nørgaard

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Abstract

Drawing on case studies among rural elites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, this study investigates how rural elites in Nordic rural communities link immigration to rural resilience as expressed in their place narratives. Applying the dual concepts of retention vs. receptiveness and exclusion vs. inclusion, we find that rural elites relate variously to immigration and local resilience, but that immigrants are deemed valuable for the local economy, and for population growth. Further, rural elites expect immigrants to become co-producers for local resilience. We term the elites' views conditioned receptiveness. The study sheds light on how rural elites' norms of diversity influence how ‘difference’ is placed and handled through processes of inclusion/exclusion vs. retention and receptiveness, with the rural as an enabling space for building local resilience.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Rural Studies
Volume64
Pages (from-to)220-229
Number of pages10
ISSN0743-0167
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2018

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Keywords

  • Immigration
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  • Nordic countries
  • Resilience
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In: Journal of Rural Studies, Vol. 64, 01.11.2018, p. 220-229.

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