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Thai women in Sweden: Victims or participants?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6289-2380
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography. Uppsala University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1246-2427
2016 (English)In: Social Science Asia, Vol. 2, no 1, 13-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Migration from Thailand to Sweden is a rapidly growing phenomenon with a threefold increase over thelast ten years, with the majority of migrants being female marriage migrants. In Nordic media andpopular culture, stereotyping of Thai-Swedish couples is commonplace, focusing on unequal powerrelations, sex tourism and other social problems which often position Thai women “as both materialistrural women and ignorant victims” (Sunanta, 2013, p. 193). Our paper positions and explores thestatus of this unique group of migrants through a power and agency lens and by adopting a multimethodsapproach. Using register data, we give a detailed picture of the migration and sociodemographicfeatures of Thais in Sweden, while in-depth interviews with Thai women provide nuancedunderstandings of Thai-Sweden migration. We find a complex narrative of migration, where Thaiwomen are active agents in their migration process but still face many inequalities in Sweden. Adiversified picture of these women is revealed suggesting that power and agency are situated spatiallyand temporally.

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2016. Vol. 2, no 1, 13-29 p.
Keyword [en]
gender, power, agency, migration, mixed methods
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Geography with Emphasis on Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134547OAI: diva2:1034110
Swedish Research Council, 2007-2019Forests and other plants

Official Journal of National Research Council of Thailand in conjunction with Journal of Population and Social Studies.

Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-24Bibliographically approved
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