Social Belongings and Ethnic Identities: A Phenomenological Approach
2010 (English)Conference paper (Other academic)
Applying a phenomenological approach in the present paper, I intend to discuss the variations as well as the shared experiences of ethnic identifications among young women of Middle Eastern backgrounds in Sweden. With the help of phenomenology, this study aims to illuminate processes which contribute to the construction of social identities among the participants. Of particular interest is the question of how ethnic identifications and social belongings are negotiated in everyday-life situations. It is this very everyday-life perspective which defines the core of the phenomenological approach. Any formulations of empirical theories about the social world must depart from the life-world, according to phenomenologists. Drawing from the works of Alfred Schütz, my study embraces the understanding of the life-world as intersubjective, i.e. a social reality which is jointly experienced by people. In the present paper, I strive to describe and analyze the subjective meanings given to this intersubjective life-world experienced by the participants. Some central themes to be addressed are, for example, the feeling of being different but same at the same time, struggling for recognition as independent young women, the importance of self-respect, and the concept of freedom as ethnically charged.
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Research subject Sociology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130157OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-130157DiVA: diva2:346976
15th Nordic Migration Research Conference - Global Challenges, Local Responses, 25-27 August 2010, Malmö, Sweden