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Immigrant Associations, Integration and Identity

Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European Communities in Portugal

João Sardinha

340 pages
Amsterdam University Press
This book sheds light on the integration processes and identity patterns of Angolan, Brazilian and Eastern European communities in Portugal. It examines the privileged position that immigrant organisations hold as interlocutors between the communities they represent and various social service mechanisms operating at national and local levels. Through the collection of ethnographic data and the realisation of 110 interviews with community insiders and middlemen, culled over a year’s time, João Sardinha provides insight into how the three groups are perceived by their respective associations and representatives. Following up on the rich data is a discussion of strategies of coping with integration and identity in the host society and reflections on Portuguese social and community services and institutions.
Author Bio
João Sardinha is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Social Studies (CES) at the University of Coimbra.