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Everyday 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. 41, no 2, 177-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

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

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2010. Vol. 41, no 2, 177-200 p.
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identity construction, code-switching, membership categorization, Estonian, diaspora community
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-136569DOI: 10.1080/01629771003731705ISI: 000277545600002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-136569DiVA: diva2:377311
Available from: 2010-12-14 Created: 2010-12-13 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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