Back to overview Show all

Other publication (peer-review)

Publisher Lit Verlag, Deutschland


This article examines the first social practices of everyday life, and its health effects among migrants from Turkey in German speaking parts of Switzerland. As a part of my multi-sited fieldwork , it will illustrate selected aspects of everyday life and its health related consequences in migration. The Gule `s case study highlights insider perspectives and provides a brief overview of the life of migrants from Turkey in Switzerland. The concepts of social practices and capital are applied in discussing the dynamics of how resources are established and converted into different forms of capital in the quest for health, in a migration-specific context. Beside demographic factors and basic conditions, such as gender, age, education, marital status and family background, special attention is paid to other factors such as the type of migration to Switzerland, legal status (resident and work permit) and living-working conditions, which can be seen as significantly reflecting everyday practices in Switzerland and, consequently, the health-status of migrants. I argue that the first social practices of migrants are characterized by diverse health-related experiences, from regulations and disciplinary practices of authorities to solidarity in the migrants’ neighbourhood. Migrants, who transfer their capital into other forms of capital, maximize their chances to achieve new forms of capital (e.g. obtaining a legal status), to remain in good health and towards their general well being. However, migrants who do not have such resources or who cannot make their capital forms effectively useful in a specific context of migration face increased health risks. Keywords: social practices, migration, legal status, health and illness, conversion and transformation of capital, bridging and bonding capital