Forming Communities or Social Integration? A Personal Network Analysis of Ukrainian Immigrants in Pilsen Cover Image

Formování komunit, nebo sociální integrace? Analýza personálních sítí ukrajinských imigrantů v Plzni
Forming Communities or Social Integration? A Personal Network Analysis of Ukrainian Immigrants in Pilsen

Author(s): Josef Bernard, Petr Vašát
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: personal networks; social support networks; structural analysis; SNA; community; Ukrainians; Czech Republic; social integration

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to describe the personal networks of Ukrainian immigrants residing in an urban centre in the Czech Republic and to identify patterns that can help to elucidate some aspects of their integration. Social support networks in this study were created using the multiple name generator method. Here the generator was made up of six questions asking whom respondents might turn to for money, employment, housing, leisure, to discuss intimate things, or might simply be important to the respondent in some other way. Data-collecting was conducted in Pilsen, an industrial city with a large number of immigrants, and data were obtained from 30 Ukrainians. The networks were measured using structural measures (density, degree centrality and betweenness centrality) as well as common egocentric ones (multiplexity, frequency etc.). The analysis revealed that networks of Ukrainians are not very dense and consist mainly of friends. Friends are important in matters concerning housing, employment, and leisure. By contrast, family is important in more extraordinary situations – for instance, in a financial emergency or to discuss crucial issues. There is also a significant difference between the networks of manual and non-manual workers: manual workers are likely to associate with peers also working in manual labour and their networks are denser than the networks of non-manual workers. In Pilsen, Ukrainians do not form locality-based ethnic communities, and in a long-term perspective their personal networks indicate gradual social integration to the Czech society.

  • Issue Year: 51/2015
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 199-225
  • Page Count: 27