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Somalis Abroad: Clan and Everyday Life in Finland

Stephanie R. Bjork


This ethnography is the first work to consider the role of clan in the Somali diaspora and the only book that considers women’s perspectives in addition to the traditionally recognized men’s perspectives on the topic of clan. The book is based on extensive fieldwork between 2000 and 2004 in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The comments of three research participants gathered in 2015 add a collaborative dimension and bring readers up to date on changes since the fieldwork period. It marks a departure from earlier kinship studies in Somalia, informed by structural-functionalism, by employing a pr ... More

Keywords: clan, diaspora, women, cultural intimacy, practice theory, ethnographic research methods, capital, Finnish welfare state, Somali refugees, autonomy, gender equality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040931
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040931.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephanie R. Bjork, author
Paradise Valley Community College