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Strategiska identifikationsmönster bland assyriska ungdomar i Sverige
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology, The Social Sciences of Religion, Psychology of Religions.
2007 (Swedish)In: Dragomanen: årsskrift, ISSN 1402-358X, Vol. 10-11Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The effect of acculturation on meaning-making among three generations of Assyrians in the city of Södertälje, Sweden, is the focus of this dissertation. An inter-disciplinary and a mixed-model approach was used. The results have shown that religious practices decrease among the adults and youth, while kinship affiliation is very strong among all three generations. Swedish affiliation, though from a low level, increases among the adults and youth. Religious rituals and symbols play a central role in Assyrian culture with a meaning-making function. However, in early youth the participation in religious rituals decreases, mainly due to other interests and to the political schism among the Assyrians. Instead they search for an individual form of religiosity. The issue of identification is among the youth a disputed process. They use several designations to identify themselves; either separately or combined. Within the process of acculturation, the youth strategically use different identification patterns with the purpose to differentiate themselves from others and to negotiate their identity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul , 2007. Vol. 10-11
Keyword [en]
acculturation, meaning, Assyrians
Keyword [sv]
ackulturaiton, mening, assyrier
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Psychology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108497DiVA: diva2:236054
Available from: 2009-09-20 Created: 2009-09-20 Last updated: 2009-09-22Bibliographically approved

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