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Karen Fog Olwig

Karen Fog Olwig


Current research

“Gendered Migration Experiences. Education, Family and Social Mobility among Caribbean Nurses”

”The New Field of Educational Migration: Theoretical and Conceptual Approaches”, subproject in ”Education, Mobility and Citizenship. An Anthropological Study of Educational Migration to Denmark” 

”Social incorporation through network building between minority and majority groups,” subproject in “Ethnic Diversity and Social Cohesion”


Primary fields of research

Regional specialization: The Caribbean, Denmark, transnational networks.

Thematic specialization: Migration, family and kinship, narratives.

My research has primarily concerned continuity and change in cultural notions and practices of migration through time, within a Caribbean context. Key topics have been the interrelationship between family networks, mobility and belonging; migration for educational purposes; local and transnational care in dispersed families; chance encounters and rare destinations in migratory moves. In recent years I have also looked at immigration and integration issues in Denmark with particular focus on the role of marriage and family relations in the incorporation of immigrants in Danish society.

Theoretically I am inspired by recent anthropological work on place, kinship and social networks. Methodologically I have carried out fieldwork in North America, the UK, Denmark as well as the Caribbean, using mainly a narrative life story approach.

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