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”Internet Means Everything” - When Asylum Seekers Use the Internet

Here follows a short English abstract of my Danish bachelor thesis, which I defended last week at the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen.
Abstract This paper presents a case study on how asylum seekers in Denmark use the Internet. Drawing on the empirical sociology of Bruno Latour, examples of ’grand theorizing’ on the subject are discussed and confronted with new data. Based on 14 qualitative interviews and participant observation in an asylum centre internet café and among the editorial staff of an asylum seeker newspaper, several concrete stories of Internet use are fleshed out and analyzed. The results are condensated into 7 types of Internet praxis among asylum seekers. They indicate that the Internet is of significant importance for the asylum seekers, who go online to improve their language and IT skills, explore Danish culture, stay in touch with family members and sometimes even inform their case. The paper also establish the existence of several barriers to the …