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Iraqi women in DenmarkRitual performance and belonging in everyday life$
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Marianne Holm Pedersen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089589

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089589.001.0001

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Finding a place for oneself

Finding a place for oneself

processes of settlement in Denmark

(p.34) 2 Finding a place for oneself
Iraqi women in Denmark

Marianne Holm Pedersen

Manchester University Press

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.

Keywords:   Refugee settlement, Denmark, Inclusion, Exclusion, Welfare state, Social network, Social class, Ethnicity, Gender, Muslim

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