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Livet som Gaijin- En studie om hur utlandssvenska kvinnor ser på sitt liv i Japan

Gustavsson, Elin LU (2013) SOPA63 20131
School of Social Work
Abstract
The aim of this study was to examine how Swedish women who are living in Japan as expatriates experience their life by studying their social networks and the relationships they formed. By interviewing six Swedish women, using semi-structured interviews, it was possible to identify three major themes that seemed to have a major role in how the women viewed themselves and how they described their times as expatriates in Japan. First, none of the women felt that they had become part of the Japanese society, but rather highlighted how they now viewed themselves as part of an international community with a world-wide network. Second, the women all emphasized the importance that the different networks had played in their lives. Finally, two ways... (More)
The aim of this study was to examine how Swedish women who are living in Japan as expatriates experience their life by studying their social networks and the relationships they formed. By interviewing six Swedish women, using semi-structured interviews, it was possible to identify three major themes that seemed to have a major role in how the women viewed themselves and how they described their times as expatriates in Japan. First, none of the women felt that they had become part of the Japanese society, but rather highlighted how they now viewed themselves as part of an international community with a world-wide network. Second, the women all emphasized the importance that the different networks had played in their lives. Finally, two ways of viewing their lives as expatriate spouses emerged. For some women, it was a welcomed break that made it possible to spend more time with their family, do whatever they felt like doing, and a possibility to get to know themselves. For others, it felt like a loss of their professional identity, their sense of belonging to a group, and the differences between Japanese and Swedish cultures sometimes made life in Japan challenging. (Less)
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author
Gustavsson, Elin LU
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organization
course
SOPA63 20131
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
expatriate, expatriate spouses, SWEA, living abroad, Japan
language
Swedish
id
3812519
date added to LUP
2013-06-14 09:32:51
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2013-06-14 09:32:51
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  abstract     = {The aim of this study was to examine how Swedish women who are living in Japan as expatriates experience their life by studying their social networks and the relationships they formed. By interviewing six Swedish women, using semi-structured interviews, it was possible to identify three major themes that seemed to have a major role in how the women viewed themselves and how they described their times as expatriates in Japan. First, none of the women felt that they had become part of the Japanese society, but rather highlighted how they now viewed themselves as part of an international community with a world-wide network. Second, the women all emphasized the importance that the different networks had played in their lives. Finally, two ways of viewing their lives as expatriate spouses emerged. For some women, it was a welcomed break that made it possible to spend more time with their family, do whatever they felt like doing, and a possibility to get to know themselves. For others, it felt like a loss of their professional identity, their sense of belonging to a group, and the differences between Japanese and Swedish cultures sometimes made life in Japan challenging.},
  author       = {Gustavsson, Elin},
  keyword      = {expatriate,expatriate spouses,SWEA,living abroad,Japan},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Livet som Gaijin- En studie om hur utlandssvenska kvinnor ser på sitt liv i Japan},
  year         = {2013},
}