Contesting ‘Integration’: Personal-Experience Narratives of Scotland’s Immigrants

Nicolas Le Bigre* (Corresponding Author)

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This article unpacks ‘integration’ by problematising the term’s nebulous usage in political contexts and by re-examining it through the personal-experience narratives of immigrants in North-East Scotland. By focusing on three emergent narrative themes, the article explores how immigrants recount and make sense of their own experiences and encounters with integration. It considers the concept with relation to other immigrants, Scottish society more generally, and British migration policy. Emphasising the creative narrative expressions of those most affected by wider discussions of integration, I argue for the use of ethnographic methods to better examine immigration and integration from a ground-level perspective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalCambio. Rivista sulle trasformazioni sociali
Early online date30 Dec 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Dec 2022

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  • Folklore
  • Ethnology
  • Ethnography
  • Immigration
  • Narrative
  • Integration
  • Personal narratives
  • Adaptation
  • Scotland
  • Migration


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