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A political culture in exile: The Estonian inter-war generation in Canada and Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2006 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Studies, ISSN 0162-9778, E-ISSN 1751-7877, Vol. 37, no 1, 68-93 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article focuses on cultural responses to institutional change. Through a value survey about civic values and perceptions of the state, predictions from rationalism and culturalism are tested on a generation of Estonians. Members of this inter-war generation were socialized during the first Estonian republic in the 1920s and 1930s, but then spent their adult lives in exile in Sweden and Canada. The survey, which was performed in 1998 when the respondents born between 1915–25 were well into their seventies and eighties, shows substantially stronger approval of democratic opportunities and public institutions among Canadian-Estonians in comparison to the Swedish-Estonians. Theoretically, the conclusion drawn is that a modification of the cultural theory resting on the importance of cultural correspondence between the originally socialized culture in the inter-war period and that of the host country is needed in order to make sense of this cultural response pattern.

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2006. Vol. 37, no 1, 68-93 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-21582DOI: 10.1080/01629770500000271OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-21582DiVA: diva2:49355
Available from: 2006-12-31 Created: 2006-12-31 Last updated: 2013-06-12Bibliographically approved

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