Facts

Contact person:
Stig Westerdahl
Financers:
  • Jan Wallanders and Tom Hedelius Foundation
  • Tore Browaldhs Foundation
Responsible at Malmö University:
Stig Westerdahl
Project members:
Collaborators and other project members:
  • Amanda Curry - Luleå University of Technology
  • Johan Sandström - Luleå University of Technology
Time frame:
01 December 2021 - 30 November 2023
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About the project

This project concerns how accounting practices interlinks with the everyday life of refugees, emphasizing the social significance of accounting. We address the question: What is the role of accounting in the everyday life of the refugee?

Refugees are shadowed in rural and urban contexts. The method consists of observations, conversations and artefacts, enabling us to listen in, trace artefacts in time and space and hands-on identify accounting practices encountered by refugees. This study can illuminate how individuals enact accounting practices and query its influence on everyday life.

An accounting focus on migration can make visible social issues relevant for immigration policies. Although accounting and migration interlinks in many ways, the research field of accounting has displayed a vague interest, particularly in the refugee situation. This project focuses on how accounting techniques interlinks with the everyday life of the refugee, emphasizing the social significance of accounting (when searching for jobs, housing or carrying out duties on a daily basis).

The main research question is: What is the role of accounting in the everyday life of a refugee? The empirical material is obtained from following refugees in two different contexts: Malmö and Luleå. The methodological base consists of observations, conversations and artefacts. This mix of methods enables us to listen in, trace artefacts in time and space, partake feelings and to hands-on identify accounting practices in refugees’ everyday life. Our point of departure is when an accounting practice (a calculation, measurement, classification) is enacted in the refugee’s everyday life, which is then traced (who did it, what is it based on, how it was enacted, with what consequences).