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Université de Neuchâtel

Disentangling Religious, Ethnic and Gendered Contents in Boundary Work: How Young Adults Create the Figure of ‘The Oppressed Muslim Woman’

Dahinden, Janine ; Duemmler, Kerstin ; Moret, Joëlle

In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, 2014, vol. 35, no. 4, p. 329-348

The binary opposition between ‘equal European women’ and ‘oppressed Muslim women’ has become a powerful representation in Switzerland and throughout Europe. Yet little is empirically known about the mechanisms through which actors in their everyday lives (re)produce this prominent construction. In this mixed-method study with young adults in a French-speaking Swiss Canton, we explore how...

Université de Neuchâtel

Understanding the dynamics of transnational formations among Albanian-speaking migrants in Switzerland by bringing in theories of mobility, social inequality and ethnicity

Dahinden, Janine

(Working Papers MAPS ; 6)

It is nowadays beyond controversy that transnational phenomena are part of migrants’ reality and that the transnational perspective is indispensable to understand migration processes. However, I argue however that the potential of the transnational perspective could be better exploited by linking it to other social scientific theories contributing hereby to a more general theorization of...

Université de Neuchâtel

Cities, Migrant Incorporation, and Ethnicity: A Network Perspective on Boundary Work

Dahinden, Janine

In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, 2013, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 39-60

n this article, I am interested in the different types of boundaries emerging in a city characterized by a highly diverse population. The analysis of the personal social networks of 250 inhabitants of a small Swiss City—different types of migrants as well as non-migrants—supplemented by data from qualitative interviews brings to light the important categories for the creation of boundaries...

Université de Neuchâtel

Fonctions multiples, contraintes multiples : les défis du nouveau paradigme de gestion des zones alluviales suisses

Nedelcu, Mihaela ; Hainard, François ; Guex, Dominique ; Gobat, Jean-Michel

In: Natures Sciences Sociétés, 2007, vol. 15, no. 1, p. 3-12

Floodplains are a complex environmental "object" which reveal the cultural, economic and ecological as well as safety stakes nowadays to be taken into account in river management. This paper is based on the results of a recent interdisciplinary research involving scientists in sociology, hydrology and soil ecology. Taking three case studies it examines the changes in the river management paradigm...

Université de Neuchâtel

Les enfants de migrants : un véritable potentiel

Bader, Dina ; Fibbi, Rosita

Dans la perception collective, les enfants de migrants riment souvent avec problèmes sociaux, tourments identitaires et surtout difficultés, voire échecs scolaires. En Suisse, ce cliché négatif est aujourd’hui encore dominant, en dépit de l’expérience acquise en matière d’intégration des premières vagues migratoires. Parmi les raisons de cette vision unidimensionnelle figure la...

Université de Neuchâtel

Are we all transnationals now? Network transnationalism and transnational subjectivity: the differing impacts of globalization on the inhabitants of a small Swiss city

Dahinden, Janine

In: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 2009, vol. 32, no. 8, p. 1365-1386

I ask in this article how the inhabitants - migrants and non-migrants - of a specific geographical space, a small Swiss city in French-speaking Switzerland, live out different forms of transnationalism. Transnationalism is for this purpose defined and operationalized on two dimensions: I make a distinction between network transnationalism and what I call transnational subjectivity....

Université de Neuchâtel

The Expansion of the Finance Industry and Its Impact on the Economy: A Territorial Approach Based on Swiss Pension Funds

Corpataux, Jose ; Crevoisier, Olivier ; Theurillat, Thierry

In: Economic Geography, 2009, vol. 85, no. 3, p. 313-334

A new economic geography of finance is emerging, and the current "financialization" of contemporary economies has contributed greatly to the reshaping of the economic landscape. How can these changes be understood and interpreted, especially from a territorial point of view? There are two contradictory economic theories regarding the tangible effects of the rise of the finance industry. According...

Université de Neuchâtel

Increased Capital Mobility/Liquidity and its Repercussions at Regional Level

Corpataux, Jose ; Crevoisier, Olivier

In: European Urban and Regional Studies, 2005, vol. 12, no. 4, p. 315-334

The most significant structural change undergone by the British and Swiss economies during the past 25 years (1975-2000) is indisputably the development of their financial systems. From this point of view, the two countries show a number of similarities: the presence of one or more international financial place(s), large enterprises which expanded greatly on the international front during that...

Université de Neuchâtel

Deconstructing Mythological Foundations of Ethnic Identities and Ethnic Group Formation: Albanian-Speaking and New Armenian Immigrants in Switzerland

Dahinden, Janine

In: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2008, vol. 34, no. 1, p. 55-76

Scholars generally agree that ethnicity often serves as a vehicle for mechanisms of social inclusion or exclusion and is interwoven with the structures of nation-states. This article aims to contribute to the ongoing debate about ethnicity and highlights the inherent dilemma of essentialism using two empirical case studies—Albanian-speaking migrants living in Switzerland and newly arrived...

Haute école de gestion de Genève

A cluster analysis of multidimensional poverty in Switzerland : Cahier de recherche

Ferro Luzzi, Giovanni ; Flückiger, Yves ; Weber, Sylvain

The measurement of poverty has often been criticized for relying solely on measures of financial deprivation. Poverty being a multidimensional state, related to health, schooling, living environment, psychological state as well as social tides, care should be taken to integrate these various components to have a proper picture of poverty. This is especially true for rich countries where poor...