It's like they have a cognitive map of relations: Feeling strange in a small island community (vísindaliga grein)

Erika Anne Hayfield og Mariah Schug taka soleiðis samanum greinina: 'Greinin setur orð á nakrar av upplivingunum, sum tilflytarar hava við at koma til Føroya. Greinin byggir á fleiri enn 40 samrøður við fólk sum hava verið í Føroyum í styttri og longri tíðarskeið.'


Living with strangers is a feature of modern life, typicallyconceptualised in urban contexts in terms of anonymity and diversity. Strangers in small places, on the other hand, have received less attention; possibly, because there is an assumption that such places are relatively stable, static or homogenous. In small places, typically characterised by high levels of familiarity and close social networks, strangers may have different experiences. Therefore, we are concerned with immigration to small places and feeling strange in such settings. We employ the concepts of the stranger and place-belongingness to understand the experiences of immigrants to the Faroe Islands. The findings from this interview-based study are structured around three main themes. In the first, strangers in places characterised by high familiarity, we discuss how informants experience and navigate Faroese networks. In the second, negotiating place-belongingness, the discussion focuses on how immigrants negotiate belonging and how relations, security, and time, impact place-belongingness. The third theme, boundaries of belonging, refers to the politics of belonging. In this theme, we discuss how language and identity are key sites of tension in creating boundaries, determining who belongs versus who is rendered a familiar stranger.


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