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Ackermann-Boström, Constanze
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Ackermann-Boström, C. (2018). Gelebte Mehrsprachigkeit im Plattenbau: Untersuchungen von Narrativen und Praktiken russlanddeutscher junger Erwachsener. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gelebte Mehrsprachigkeit im Plattenbau: Untersuchungen von Narrativen und Praktiken russlanddeutscher junger Erwachsener
2018 (German)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This thesis focuses on the lived multilingualism of a group of young Russian-German adults who as children migrated together with their families from post-Soviet states to the Federal Republic of Germany during the 1990s. Today these adults live in a ‘Plattenbau’ housing estate in a small town in one of the new federal states of Germany. The large pre-fabricated concrete-slab system-built housing estates that were built during the GDR-era are today generally considered as deprived areas due a combination of decreasing population and high unemployment.

This thesis shows how young Russian-Germans create a multilingual community of practice and use various aspects of language and non-linguistic resources for identity construction. The data analysed in this thesis comes from ethnographic studies conducted during three phases of fieldwork between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The data was collected at a youth centre where the group of young Russian-German adults regularly met.

Combining intensive participant observation, field notes, photos, and narrative interviews the thesis is a mixed-method investigation. Underpinning the analysis of the research data are theoretical models of the relationship between language, identity, and space. Methodologically this study combines linguistic ethnography, narrative analysis, and membership categorization analysis.

The thesis argues that an ethnographical-narrative approach is a powerful tool that is able to highlight the role of language(s) and non-linguistic resources for identity construction in social spaces, illustrates how young Russian-Germans construct a web of multilingual identities by using social categories to position themselves and others, and shows how the lived multilingualism of  young Russian-German adults influences all aspects of their social lives. For example, the thesis shows the maintenance of Russian as a heritage language within Russian-German families, yet and an avoidance of visible signs of the Russian-German heritage in public spaces.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2018. p. 216
Series
Studia Germanistica Upsaliensia, ISSN 0585-5160 ; 61
Keywords
Russian-Germans, community of practice, identity, migration, small stories, multilingualism, linguistic ethnography, narrative, space, positioning, heritage language, proper names, categorization, East Germany, Plattenbau, Russlanddeutsche, Identität, Migration, Mehrsprachigkeit, Linguistische Ethnographie, Raum, Narrative, Positionierung, Herkunftssprache, Eigennamen, Kategorisierung, Ostdeutschland, Plattenbau
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
German
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360023 (URN)978-91-513-0440-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-10-26, Ihresalen, Engelska parken, Humanistiskt centrum, Thunbergsvägen 3L, Uppsala, 13:00 (German)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-10-03 Created: 2018-09-07 Last updated: 2018-10-16
Ackermann-Boström, C. (2015). "In Deutschland wird nicht gelogen." Eine Fallstudie zur sprachlichen Identität einer Spätaussiedlerin in Sprachbiographien. In: Magnus P. Ängsal, Frank Thomas Grub (Ed.), Visionen und Illusionen: Beiträge zur 11. Arbeitstagung schwedischer Germanistinnen und Germanisten, Text im Kontext in Göteborg am 4./5. April 2014 (pp. 41-50). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"In Deutschland wird nicht gelogen." Eine Fallstudie zur sprachlichen Identität einer Spätaussiedlerin in Sprachbiographien
2015 (German)In: Visionen und Illusionen: Beiträge zur 11. Arbeitstagung schwedischer Germanistinnen und Germanisten, Text im Kontext in Göteborg am 4./5. April 2014 / [ed] Magnus P. Ängsal, Frank Thomas Grub, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015, p. 41-50Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2015
Series
Nordeuropäische Arbeiten zur Literatur, Sprache und Kultur, ISSN 2196-9760 ; 3
National Category
Languages and Literature
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-263493 (URN)
Available from: 2015-10-01 Created: 2015-10-01 Last updated: 2015-10-05
Ackermann-Boström, C. (2013). Soziale Kategorisierung und Positionierung als Mittel der Identitätsherstellung. In: Michael Grote, Kjetil Berg Henjum, Espen Ingebritsen, Jan Paul Pietzuch (Ed.), Michael Grote, Kjetil Berg Henjum, Espen Ingebrigtsen und Jan Paul Pietzuch (Ed.), Perspektiven: Das IX. Nordisch-Baltische Germanistentreffen, 14.- 16. Juni 2012 in Bergen/Os. Paper presented at IX. Nordisch-Baltisches Germanistentreffen in Os/Bergen, 14.–16. Juni 2012 (pp. 383-394). Paper presented at IX. Nordisch-Baltisches Germanistentreffen in Os/Bergen, 14.–16. Juni 2012. Stockholm: US-AB
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Soziale Kategorisierung und Positionierung als Mittel der Identitätsherstellung
2013 (German)In: Perspektiven: Das IX. Nordisch-Baltische Germanistentreffen, 14.- 16. Juni 2012 in Bergen/Os / [ed] Michael Grote, Kjetil Berg Henjum, Espen Ingebritsen, Jan Paul Pietzuch, Stockholm: US-AB , 2013, p. 383-394Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: US-AB, 2013
Series
Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis - Stockholmer Germanistische Forschungen, ISSN 0491-0893 ; 78
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
German
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212150 (URN)978-91-87235-58-0 (ISBN)978-91-87235-57-3 (ISBN)
Conference
IX. Nordisch-Baltisches Germanistentreffen in Os/Bergen, 14.–16. Juni 2012
Available from: 2013-12-06 Created: 2013-12-06 Last updated: 2018-06-12Bibliographically approved
Ackermann-Boström, C. (2012). Introduction to linguistics. A Workbook for Beginners [Review]. Studia Neophilologica, 84(2), 221-223
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Introduction to linguistics. A Workbook for Beginners
2012 (German)In: Studia Neophilologica, ISSN 0039-3274, E-ISSN 1651-2308, Vol. 84, no 2, p. 221-223Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-190163 (URN)000311541800008 ()
Available from: 2013-01-07 Created: 2013-01-07 Last updated: 2017-12-06
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