Disputas: Anna Przybyszewska (FSV)

Ph.d.-kandidat Anna Przybyszewska skal holde prøveforelesning og disputas for graden Philosophiae Doctor (ph.d.) ved Fakultet for samfunnsvitenskap, Nord universitet.

Startdato:

12 november 2020 10:15

Sluttdato:

12 november 2020 15:30

Sted:

Digitalt (Teams)
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Ph.d.-kandidat Anna Przybyszewska​.

Tittel ​på avhandlingen:

Downward professional mobility among Poles working and living in Norway

Tittel på prøveforelesningen:

Transnationalism as perspective in analyses of migrants’ social mobility​

Tid for prøveforelesningen: 10:15 – 11:15
Tid for disputas: 12:15 – 15:30
Sted: Digitalt (Teams)

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​Bedømmelseskommisjon:

  • Professor Johan Fredrik Rye, NTNU (Førsteopponent)
  • Professor Mette Andersson, Universitetet i Oslo (Andreopponent)
  • Professor Johan Elvemo Ravn, Nord Universitet

​Veiledere:

  • ​Hovedveileder: Førsteamanuensis Yan Zhao, Nord universitet  
  • Medveileder: Professor Magdalena Nowicka, Humboldt-universitetet i Berlin

Prøveforelesning og disputasen er åpen for al​​​le interesserte tilhørere. Avhandlingen blir tilgjengelig for gjennomsyn ved å kontakte​n Anneli Maria Watterud, e-post: anneli.m.watterud@nord.no​.​

Sammendrag:

This dissertation is concerned with the logic, dynamics, and meaning-making that underlie the downward professional mobility of Polish migrants in Norway. Drawing on data analysis of 30 qualitative interviews conducted with Poles working below their level of qualification after migrating to Norway, the study answers the following overarching research question: How do Polish migrants perceive and respond to their downward professional mobility in the Norwegian labour market? 

The results of the study are collected in three articles. The study finds that perceptions and responses to downward professional mobility intersected with migration are strongly marked by national identification and identity, with Polish migrants’ positionality occupying a rather unfavourable position within the field of national hierarchies, and attributed stigmatising meanings. I argue that migrants’ habitus, and particularly its national component, drives migrants into specific, low-skilled job positions and sectors of the Norwegian labour market, which they perceive as available to migrating Poles (article 1). At the same time, the study shows that migrants are highly aware of being discriminated against and racialised in the job-seeking process in Norway. Polish migrants believe the specific meanings and stereotypes attached to their nationality play a significant role in limiting their access to the Norwegian labour market (article 1). The study demonstrates that the vast majority of migrants begin their professional careers in Norway in immigrant niches; that is, workplaces where they have no or only sporadic contact with Norwegians. Moreover, only a few escape from immigrant niches in the course of their careers in Norway. I argue that working in or beyond the immigrant niche has a crucial impact on migrants’ adaptation capacities (article 3). By analysing the psychosocial burdens and sociocultural mismatches related to downward professional mobility and migration (article 2), the thesis reveals and emphasises the human side of the experiences related to working below one’s qualifications and in immigrant niches, and thus provides new insights into the problem of downward professional mobility among migrants.  

In this thesis, I also make some theoretical contributions. The proposed theoretical framework bridges Bourdieu’s concepts of habitus and field with hierarchies of desirability of national migrant groups, and employs notions of othering, racialisation, and stigma to conceptualise the transnational field of national hierarchies (article 1). Furthermore, I develop the notion of habitus mismatch to conceptualise the conflict between valued and stigmatised identities and the emotional dimension of this conflict (article 2). The thesis also proposes the concept of cultural distrust to address the process whereby multiple cultural misunderstandings lead to migrants’ distrust towards ‘old regulars’ of the field in which they (migrants) are just the new beginners striving to recognise the rules of the game they have entered (article 3). 

List of articles: 

  1. Przybyszewska  A. 2020. [Forthcoming]. Downward professional mobility among Poles working and living in Norway. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, XX(X), pp. 1–15.

  2. Przybyszewska A. Habitus mismatch and suffering experienced by Polish migrants working below their qualifications in Norway. Under review.

  3. Przybyszewska A. Downward professional mobility, cultural difference, and immigrant niches: dynamics of and changes to migrants’ attitudes towards interpersonal communication and work performance. Under review.

Startdato:

12 november 2020 10:15

Sluttdato:

12 november 2020 15:30

Sted:

Digitalt (Teams)