Immigrant Associations, Integration and Identity
João Sardinha
Politics & Social Sciences
Immigrant Associations, Integration and Identity

This book sheds light on the integration processes and identity patterns of Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European communities in Portugal. It examines the privileged position that immigrant organisations hold as interlocutors between the communities they represent and various social service mechanisms operating at national and local levels. Through the collection of ethnographic data and the realisation of 110 interviews with community insiders and middlemen, culled over a year's time, João Sardinha provides insight into how the three groups are perceived by their respective associations and representatives. Following up on the rich data is a discussion of strategies of coping with integration and identity in the host society and reflections on Portuguese social and community services and institutions.

João Sardinha analyseert de integratieprocessen en identiteitspatronen van de Angolese, Braziliaanse en Oost-Europese gemeenschappen in Portugal, gezien vanuit deze bevolkingsgroepen. Door gebruik te maken van interviews en etnografisch onderzoek in Portugal komt dit onderzoek tot een typologie van deze drie groepen. Hierna volgt een analyse van het omgaan met de integratie- en identiteitsproblematiek in Portugal. Ten slotte wordt er een overzicht gegeven van acht verschillende Portugese sociale en gemeenschapsdiensten en -instellingen.

Table of contents
List of figures and tables
1. Introduction
2. Integration and identity: Theoretical concepts and approaches
3. The phenomenon of migrant associations
4. Characteristics and consequences of immigration to Portugal
5. Setting the scene: Research design and fieldwork methodology
6. The associations: A typology
7. The associations, integration and identity: Strategies for coping?
8. The associations and Portuguese social and community services
9 Conclusion
Appendix: List of interviewees
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