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Role of religion in negotiating personal and social identity: Experiences of identity adaptation and conflict among Assyrian youth in Sweden
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Theology, Department of Theology. Religionspsykologi.
2007 (English)Conference paper (Other (popular scientific, debate etc.))
Abstract [en]

Religion is a critical part of our psychological and social identity. For many people, religion is the core of their cultural construction of reality. This has been the case for the Assyrian ethnic group, being a Christian minority with an origin in the Middle East and now a presence of 30 years in Sweden. Among the Assyrians, religiosity has played a central role in everyday cultural activities. However, as a result of acculturation, religion is being questioned, analyzed, and negotiated. This process is related to factors such as the role of religiosity in host society in general and changes within the ethnic community in particular. In current mixed-method study, the youths express a strong affiliation with their Christian belonging, however, at the same time traditional religious practices decrease. They express the importance of religion for communication with other Assyrians, but at the same time they also experience alienation towards the religious institutions, which are taking part in the conflicts and schisms within the ethnic community. That part of culture which had been a source of meaning-making for the parents has become a potential for confusion, conflict, and disorientation for the youth.

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2007. 7- p.
Keyword [en]
Identity, Assyrian, negotiation, Sweden
National Category
Religious Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-15810OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-15810DiVA: diva2:43581
Available from: 2008-03-06 Created: 2008-03-06

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