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“My children are Norwegian but i am a foreigner”
Experiences of African immigrant parents within Norwegian welfare society

children relative to their parents and made parenting more challenging. It also located parents within value hierarchies reflecting their ability and willingness to meet the rights and needs of their children as defined by Norwegian parenting values. In this position, they often found themselves as “foreigners” or as different from “Norwegians”. This illustrates how structural properties of the welfare state meant to secure equality, also power value hierarchies, impact social interaction, and constrain experiences of sameness or difference at the personal level

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