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“I feel Swedish, but my parents are from there…”: Crossing of identity borders among Assyrian youth in a multicultural context
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology. (Religionspsykologi)
2015 (English)In: Borders and the Changing Boundaries of Knowledge / [ed] Inga Brandell, Marie Carlson, Önver Cetrez, Sweden: The Swedish Research Institiute in Istanbul , 2015, Vol 22, 161-173 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article approaches the topic of identity boundaries through the experiences of Assyrian youth in Sweden. Using object relation theories in psychology it analyses empirical interview material demonstrating the criss-crossing boundaries that run through the individual psychological development among these young people. A characteristic is to feel the necessity of switching and negotiating between or among several cultural identity positions. However, our psychological models are developed in the context of a more mono-cultural environment, thus not paying attention to the multicultural complexity found among immigrant youth. This context is frequently characterized by experiences of perceived discrimination in society, such as objectification, which has psychological consequences for the youths’ self image.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sweden: The Swedish Research Institiute in Istanbul , 2015, Vol 22. 161-173 p.
, The Swedish Research Institute in Sweden
Keyword [en]
Assyrians, youth, identity, borders, self-image
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Religious Studies
Research subject
Psychology of Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275715ISBN: 978-91-978813-4-0OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-275715DiVA: diva2:900725
Available from: 2016-02-05 Created: 2016-02-05 Last updated: 2016-02-05

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