uu.seUppsala University Publications
Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Construction of identity in the Estonian refugee community in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Languages, Department of Modern Languages.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Studies, ISSN 0162-9778, E-ISSN 1751-7877, Vol. 46, no 2, 177-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social constructionist approaches underline that identity is constantly negotiated. It emerges in everyday actions and behavioral patterns, fleeting comments by the participants in the social events. Values and attitudes are promoted and confronted. This paper studies membership categorization and pragmatic code-switching in the Swedish Estonian refugee community, demonstrating the fragile balance between the ‘Estonian’ and the ‘Swedish’. The speakers orient to Estonian Estonian as the target variety, while frequently using Swedish for sense-making. The analysis is based on audio and video recordings of Swedish Estonian club activities and research interviews. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Routledge , 2010. Vol. 46, no 2, 177-200 p.
Keyword [en]
identity, social constructionism, Estonian, immigrants, code-switching, membership categorization, Sweden
National Category
Specific Languages
Research subject
Linguistics; Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98925DiVA: diva2:201626
Estonian in Sweden
Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2009-03-05 Last updated: 2013-05-03

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Keevallik, Leelo
By organisation
Department of Modern Languages
In the same journal
Journal of Baltic Studies
Specific Languages

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

Total: 215 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link