To the top

Page Manager: Webmaster
Last update: 9/11/2012 3:13 PM

Tell a friend about this page
Print version

Validation of immigrants'… - University of Gothenburg, Sweden Till startsida
To content Read more about how we use cookies on

Validation of immigrants' prior foreign learning as a framing practice

Journal article
Authors Andreas Diedrich
Published in European Management Journal
Volume 35
Issue 6
Pages 729-736
ISSN 0263-2373
Publication year 2017
Published at Gothenburg Research Institute (GRI)
Pages 729-736
Language en
Keywords Immigrants, Organizing, Overflow, Validation
Subject categories Business Administration


© 2017 Elsevier Ltd. This paper explores the attempts by public officials and caseworkers to manage an overflow of immigrants in the labour market in Sweden. I draw on notions of framing and overflowing, inspired by Michel Callon's (1998) work on the organizing of market-based exchange relationships. I argue that validation is best understood as a framing practice, aimed at creating an understanding for the vastness of foreign experience - including skills and competence - of recent immigrants to Sweden, to make this experience measurable and manageable. Validation as a framing practice thereby exemplifies the widespread trust in framing as a way to normalise overflows - to turn overflows into normal flows. However, as the ethnography-inspired study reported here shows, repeated framing does not remove overflows; instead, it produces new and different types of overflows. In the conclusions, I emphasise the heavy investments required by validation in contrast with the fragility of the results it produces in the context of migration management.

Page Manager: Webmaster|Last update: 9/11/2012

The University of Gothenburg uses cookies to provide you with the best possible user experience. By continuing on this website, you approve of our use of cookies.  What are cookies?