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“I hate when people ask me where I come from …”: The challenges of postmodernization for understanding religious-cultural identities in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology.
2008 (English)In: Forum 21 European Journal on Child and Youth Research, Vol. 12, no 2, 104-112 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The importance of historical and cultural analysis is highlighted in relation to the Assyrian minority in Sweden. The concept of immigrant as an identity label within the Swedish society is problematized and questioned. The specific historical experience among the Assyrians adds to the understanding of culture and acculturation in a postmodern Swedish society. Examples of historical and cultural changes among the Assyrians, that is the extraordinary change from a preindustrial, through an industrial, to a postindustrial life are highlighted with specific attention to generational and gender differences, and with a particular focus on youth. The results show that generational differences are a stronger explanatory factor of acculturation experience than gender is. While religious affiliation and practices show a decline along generation, Assyrian affiliation is strong among all generations, at the same time as Swedish affiliation is increasing.

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Bonn: IJAB – International Youth Service of the Federal Republic of Germany. , 2008. Vol. 12, no 2, 104-112 p.
Keyword [en]
youth, marginalization, identity, Assyrians, Sweden
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Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98301OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98301DiVA: diva2:174064
Available from: 2009-02-18 Created: 2009-02-18 Last updated: 2009-07-08Bibliographically approved

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