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The Impact of Household Organization on Political Views: A Study of Migrant Families in Norway PDF
Thesis submitted for the degree of Doctor Rerum Politicarum (PhD) in October 2006 by Eero Olli at Department of Comparative Politics, Faculty of Social Science, University of Bergen, Norway. The defence of the thesis will take place during spring 2007.

There is a strong relationship between a household's way of organizing and its views of society and politics. Migrant households' relations to the state and majority society can be better understood by knowing how they organize their households.
Seventeen households presently living in Norway, but originating from Vietnam, Chile, or Sri Lanka, are interviewed in depth. Eight of these households are presented in detail as cases. They are first described according to their internal organization (making economic decisions, justifying the division of housework, and behavior during interviews) and external social relations (how they justify giving and receiving support from others). Cultural theory describes four ways of organizing, also known as ways of life or cultures (hierarchical, egalitarian, individualistic, and fatalistic). These are present in various degrees, but in a manner consistent with cultural theory, in every household. Households' stated preferences are compared with theoretically based predictions of attitudes toward institutions, trust, social support, distribution of resources, blame, view of democracy and political decision-making. Every household's views of politics and society match its dominant way of organizing. Country of origin does not seem to be closely related to either the household's way of organizing or its views of politics and society.
These four ways of organizing are presented as an alternative to classification and explanations based on country of origin or ethnicity. Cultural theory can be used to improve migrant households' integration into the majority society without devaluating their traditions and beliefs, and for creating social interaction across ethnic boundaries in situations where little is known about the other participants. This new knowledge can be useful for improving policies concerning majority-minority relations, integration of minorities, processes of social exclusion and inclusion, participation by the minorities in the majority society, and to improve how we deal with conflicts sometimes labeled ethnic, religious or cultural.

Common Measures for Discrimination

Common Measures for Discrimination II - Recommendations for Improving the Measurement of Discrimination (2006) - edited by Eero Olli and Birgitte Kofod Olsen. PDF

Towards Common Measures for Discrimination - exploring possibilities for combining existing data for measuring discrimination (2005) - edited by Eero Olli and Birgitte Kofod Olsen. PDF.

This was a two year project funded by European Commission with experts from Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, the Czech Republic and Portuga.

Underveis mot et bedre vern er et årlig rapport fra Senter mot etnisk diskriminering, som nå er lagt ned. Jeg har skrevet statistikk kapitlet i rapportene 2003 (english version) og 2004-2005.


Ta innvandrere i ed 17. mai! Kronikk i Dagbladet 15.5.2003. Utfordringen ligger i å få nordmenn til å godta innvandrerne som fullverdige samfunnsmedlemmer. Regjeringens forslag for ny statsborgerskaps seremoni bidrar ikke til dette, men en ed-seremoni på 17. mai vil sette fokus på nye statsborgere i lokalsamfunnet.

Også de andre kan velge en levemåte, 2002, Internasjonal migrasjon og etniske relasjoner 1997-2001 (s. 117-123). Oslo: NFR, Området for kultur og samfunn. En sluttrapport til IMER programmets oppsummerings konferanse. Skrevet noen år før prosjektslutt. pdf.

Olli, Eero, Grendstad, Gunnar, & Wollebæk, Dag. Correlates of Environmental Behaviors: Bringing Back Social Context. 2001 Environment and Behavior, 33(3), pp. 181-208.
Contrary to expectations surveys can be used to estimate the importance of social participation. Social involvement with other environmentalists has a a larger influence on the number of environmentally possitive private behavior, than attitudes. PDF-file.

Language Use and Context as Sources for Meaning in Research Interviews Conducted in Norwegian as Second Language. 2001. Unpublished Philosophy of Science Essay, University of Bergen, Bergen.
It is possible with a pragmatic perspective of language and language use, to establish reasons for why we are able to understand each others, even if one of the participants is not speaking his or hers native language. PDF-file.

Rejection of cultural biases and effects on party preference. 1999. In Michael Thompson & Gunnar Grendstad & Per Selle (Eds.), Cultural theory as political science (pp. 59-74). London: Routledge.
One new theoretical finding: rejection of organizing principles is important determinant of party preference. Methodological founding: because combinations of attitudes thus become important, regression is less suited as analytical technique. Empirical analysis shows that it is possible to understand the conflicts between parties as a well structured structured ideological space in cultural theoretical terms.

The Influence of Behavioral Strategy and Social Structure on a Migrants' Relation to a Workplace. Paper presented at the 11th Nordic Migration Research Conference 28-30 October 1999. Gothenburg.
Cultural theory can be used to describe conflictual situations at workplaces, and thus also to find possible solutions to problems that seem to be related to 'culture'. No data, just an idea for further research.

Individ og kultur. 1996 I Gunnar Grendstad & Per Selle (ed.), Kultur som Levemåte (pp. 200-220). Oslo: Samlaget.
This is a presentation of the theoretical arguments from my masters thesis, with some empirical exemplification. Les utdrag av kapittelen.

Cultural Theory Specified - The Coherent, Sequential, and Synthetic Individual Approaches. 1995 Unpublished Masters thesis, University of Bergen, Bergen.
The main point: Cultural theory must define the relationship between the collective (culture) and individual before surveys can be utilized. Three different definitions are presented, each leading to a specific analytical models. The same hypothesis is examined by performing three different analysis, each based on a different specification of the relation between individual and culture. PDF-files.


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