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Psycho-social wellbeing in migration studies-the potential of the concept of actionability
Södertörns högskola, Sociologi.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4823-3551
Södertörns högskola, Historia.
2021 (English)In: Migration Studies, ISSN 2049-5838, E-ISSN 2049-5846, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 1789-1806Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Psycho-social wellbeing has been difficult to define for social sciences as it stands now. In migration research, studies usually rely on belonging, social interactions, or structural problems which migrants encounter upon arrival. All these approaches provide relevant insights, but struggle to address the more individual and psycho-social aspects of the migration process and subsequent adaptation period. This article proposes to shift the focus away from the internal world of the migrant, which is challenging for most social sciences to measure, and instead consider their outward actions. To this end, we introduce the concept of actionability, a term which is to be understood as an individual's ability to formulate and execute long-term plans based on their perceived needs, desires, and concerns. The idea of actionability allows us to assess how migrants interact with their environment and can formulate and successfully execute plans. By using 37 interviews with highly skilled Estonian migrants in UK, the article suggests that actionability is tightly connected to reflexive modes, developed by Archer, and that certain reflexive types have predictable patterns in how they react to the migration experience.

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Oxford University Press , 2021. Vol. 9, no 4, p. 1789-1806
Keywords [en]
psycho-social wellbeing, reflexivity, migration
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-46798DOI: 10.1093/migration/mnab042ISI: 000757503500001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85132717739OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-46798DiVA, id: diva2:1791372
Available from: 2022-03-03 Created: 2023-08-25 Last updated: 2023-08-25Bibliographically approved

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