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Somalis AbroadClan and Everyday Life in Finland$
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Stephanie R. Bjork

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040931

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040931.001.0001

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(p.75) Chapter 3 Movement
Somalis Abroad

Stephanie R. Bjork

University of Illinois Press

This chapter discusses movement in various forms: young Somalis away from family households, online interactions, to Finland drawn by the Finnish welfare state, and international travel including travel to Somalia and the Horn of Africa. While movement presents opportunities, dispersion threatens collective interests. That is especially the case for youth who seek autonomy by living independently from parents or guardian(s) and for others who embrace a Finnish lifestyle. For them, clan networks seem to be more of a constraint than an opportunity. This chapter highlights these tensions between family and clan obligations and autonomy, gender equality, remittances, morality, and Islamic practices and dress.

Keywords:   movement, online interactions, households, Finnish welfare state, clan obligations, autonomy, gender equality, remittances, Islamic dress

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