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Life Interrupted But Mended Trauma And The Remembering Self Among Estonian And Bosnian Emigres
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for Russian and Eurasian Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6760-8649
2016 (English)In: Cultural Patterns And Life Stories / [ed] Joesalu, K Kannike, A, 2016, p. 183-210Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this chapter, I approach the existential aspects of being a refugee and living in exile, those aspects that are not part of the system-world of the state and its policies but the life-world of being. Involuntary emigration as in the case of Estonians and Bosnians that is the focus in this chapter, and the integration that may follow, accentuates fundamental existential questions. Having to leave behind the place where you are rooted causes an existential trauma, a trauma defined as a highly stressful event, a serious threat to one's life or integrity, involving feelings of uncertainty, helplessness and fear. There are many strategies that men and women who have experienced disruption use to create a whole out of the separation that has occurred. Here, I explore how the way that life is remembered and narrated can become a way to mitigate the existential trauma of refugee-ship. I will do so by analysing how individuals in two refugee communities, the Estonian "republican" generation that fled their homeland in 1944, and the Bosnians who left their tormented territory in 1992 and 1993, remember their lives. In the life stories of the Estonian and Bosnian refugees who went through existential traumas it is not only the fact that traumatic events are integrated, but how and by which narrative structure it is done.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. p. 183-210
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Acta Universitatis Tallinnensis-Socialia, ISSN 1736-941X
Keywords [en]
remembering self, Bosnians, Estonians, diaspora, trauma
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Cultural Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-400860ISI: 000471165400008ISBN: 978-9985-58-819-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-400860DiVA, id: diva2:1382619
Conference
Conference Cultural Patterns and Life Stories in Memory of Aili Aarelaid-Tart, AUG 27, 2014, Talinn, ESTONIA
Available from: 2020-01-03 Created: 2020-01-03 Last updated: 2020-01-03Bibliographically approved

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