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«Ikke bare en Facebook-gruppe»: En case-studie av Refugees Welcome-nettverket i Norge




2016:9 «Ikke bare en Facebook-gruppe»: En case-studie av Refugees Welcome-nettverket i Norge
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ISBN print: 978-82-7763-544-6
ISBN internet: 978-82-7763-545-3
Pages: 83

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Volunteering and motivation in Norway and Scandinavia




Based on interviews with seven leaders and key figures in six different initiatives across the country, this report analyses the emergence and development of the Refugees Welcome-network in Norway.
 
The aim of the report has been to gain insight into the groups' transition from loose digital networks to becoming more or less formal organizations, which provide a unique approach to understand the emergence and development of a social movement: From the first initiative in Oslo and the rapid growth of similar local groups in the rest of the country, the informants' experiences of opportunities and challenges in the interaction with established institutions and organizations, and how the network as new actor in the field  seeks to influence – and is influenced – by the context they enter.
 
The analysis provides an insight into how RWs as a network for action have organized themselves in different phases. By using a multidimensional approach, the study seeks to gain insight into the structural, cultural and organizational factors that have been important to the groups' founding, growth and activities.
 
In the final discussion, the emergence and development of RW is seen in a broader context of changing patterns of voluntary participation and organization. New communication technologies, like the Internet and social media, have become an increasingly important source of information and mobilization. The development is affecting how people form groups - and with it the basis for collective action.