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Globalising Swedish countrysides?: A relational approach to rural immigrant restaurateurs with refugee backgrounds
Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History, Economic and social geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7368-9134
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Geography and Economic History. Department of Geography, Media and Communication, Karlstad University, Karlstad, Swede.
2018 (English)In: Norsk Geografisk Tidsskrift, ISSN 0029-1951, E-ISSN 1502-5292, Vol. 72, no 2, p. 82-96Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The main purpose of the article is to connect rural immigrants’ business ventures and development in Sweden to relational perspectives on their proximate and distant family and co-ethnic networks at structural and individual levels. Accordingly, the authors employ a relational approach and draw on in-depth interviews. In the context of urban–rural relationships’ meanings for the restaurateurs’ business benefits and constraints, they address two questions: (1) What does embeddedness in proximate and distant family and co-ethnic networks mean for the interviewed restaurateurs and for their businesses? and (2) How do previous and anticipated transitions in the restaurateurs' families influence their business decisions and migration trajectories? The results suggest that the interviewees employed transnational dimensions in their social embeddedness and that they maintained material and emotional relationships with their countries of origin. This relational approach thus contributes to a better understanding of what the studied businesses mean for the entrepreneurs and the selected localities. The restaurateurs contribute to a globalisation of Swedish countrysides, but their socio-economic potential for countering rural depopulation in Sweden is not fully realised. Additionally, the study illuminates how individuals influence, and are influenced by, place-to-place mobilities on a daily basis and during their life course.

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2018. Vol. 72, no 2, p. 82-96
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embeddedness, entrepreneurship, refugees, rural depopulation, social networks
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146756DOI: 10.1080/00291951.2018.1450781ISI: 000431018000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146756DiVA, id: diva2:1198804
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Swedish Research Council FormasAvailable from: 2018-04-18 Created: 2018-04-18 Last updated: 2018-06-09Bibliographically approved

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