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Local initiatives for integration through intercultural bridge building

The purpose of the project is to develop knowledge about initiatives in Swedish metropolitan suburbs that aim at facilitating integration of extra-European immigrants. The study focusses the theories of change that
explicitly or implicitly form the basis of projects or regular operations which use dialogue or competence development methods in order to bridge gaps in worldviews and norms, support relevant knowledge
acquisition and understanding and facilitate empowerment. The approach of the study is based on program theory, discourse analysis and narrative analysis with a focus on elucidating and critically analysing the
theories of change that underlie integration projects in the field.

In the first phase of the study, an inventory is made of projects that fit the profile described above. 5-6 projects or regular operations are selected for a more thorough analysis. In the second phase we will develop analytical descriptions of the theories of change of each project, based on the actual activities and the articulated strategies as they present themselves in documents and interviews. We will also interview participants in the initiatives. In the third phase a comparative analysis is made of the theories of change, both in relation to each other and in relation to the different perspectives represented in academic research and public debate about integration. The fourth phase comprise reporting the findings, both in the form of a scientific article and as a more popular study adapted to practitioners.


Project leader: Thomas Jordan

Projekt member: Pia Andersson

Projekt member: Björn Andersson



Project time

2017 - 2018


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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-02-25