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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
Links https://doi.org/10.1016/j.emj.2017....
Keywords Immigrants, Organizing, Overflow, Validation
Subject categories Business Administration

Abstract

© 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.

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