Self-Employment among East African Women in Malmö: An Intersectional Perspective

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Publication 2-year master student thesis
Title Self-Employment among East African Women in Malmö: An Intersectional Perspective
Author(s) Okoth, Felicity
Date 2014
English abstract
Self-employment is a popular occupation line among immigrants living in Malmö. East African women are however observed to be particularly absent with this regard. This thesis aims to investigate how East African women perceive self-employment in a bid to understand why few of them are entrepreneurs in Malmö. To this effect, the thesis questions whether East African women experience any barriers with regards to getting self-employed in Malmö. The working of gender and ethnicity in shaping self-employment perceptions among these women is also questioned. Unstructured and semi-structured interviews are used to gather material from the field with Intersectionality Theory picked to make sense of these material. Gender, ethnicity and immigrant status are found to be enmeshed and working recursively in different societal levels to shape East African women perceptions and also bar them from getting self-employed in Malmö. It is concluded that there is need for responsible actors to acknowledge the qualitative difference of immigrants as entrepreneurial Intersectional experiences are dissimilar between immigrant groups. As such, this research recommends a comparative study between various immigrant groups in Malmö. Further, a study that demarcates the working of agency and structure when it comes to self-employment motivation among people in an Intersectionality is also recommended. Key Words: Self-employment, East African women, Malmö, Intersectionality
Publisher Malmö högskola/Kultur och samhälle
Pages 61
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Self-employment, East African women, Malmö, Intersectionality
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/21461 (link to this page)

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