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Rural-to-Rural Translocal Practices: Thai Women Entrepreneurs in the Swedish Countryside
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6289-2380
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Abstract [en]

This article explores the under-researched topic of rural-to-rural interrelations examined through small businesses, owned by Thai migrant women, situated in rural Sweden. Thai migration to Sweden is a gendered flow that often originates in rural areas in Thailand. Drawing on empirical material from Sweden and Thailand, this paper examines the ways Thai migrant women build connections and facilitate flows between rural regions through goods, products, services and human resources. Based on qualitative narrative interviews, it reveals that translocal businesses are contingent upon the local contexts and resources of both source and receiving regions. Findings show translocal practices are gendered and embedded in day-to-day social and economic practices. The translocal perspective suggests insights for supporting rural women migrant entrepreneurs. 

Keyword [en]
Rural-to-rural, Translocalism, entrepreneurialism gender, Thai migrants, Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Geography with Emphasis on Human Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134556OAI: diva2:1034135
Swedish Research Council Formas, reg no. 2007 - 2019
Available from: 2016-10-11 Created: 2016-10-11 Last updated: 2016-10-18
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