RETHINKING GENDER, RETHINKING MIGRATION: Strange Heaven –
The Social Implications of Nikola’s Case
Magdalena Gajewska 1, Brita Gejstrad 2, Svein Nødland 2, Gunn Vedøy 2, Magdalena Żadkowska 3 1 - Uniwersytet Gdański 2 - VID Specialized University, Centre for Intercultural Communication, Stavanger (Norway) 3 - Uniwersytet Gdański, corresponding author MAeS 2016; 17 (3): ICID: 1231691 Article type: Original article IC™ Value: 3.00
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During the research in Norway, our Polish-Norwegian team encountered a social fact
which inspired us to create a separate research field in the project. Many interviewees
mentioned the name of The Child Welfare Service of Norway: Barnevernet. The majority
of opinions about this service were negative – both in the respondents’ narratives and on
the internet forums for the Polish migrants (‘mojanorwegia’) or social network fan pages
(Polacy w Stavanger, Polacy w Norwegii). There are vividly negative emotions present in
the Poles’ statements about raising children in Norway, and the fear of Barnevernet is particularly
apparent. It was this ‘fear’ that triggered the research presented in this article. We
started to look for its presence in both the Polish public reality and in the private sphere.
We decided to use a critical discourse analysis to discover communication mechanisms
which have influenced the shape of the Polish attitude towards Barnevernet.