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Construction of identity in the Estonian refugee community in Sweden
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för moderna språk.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2175-8710
2010 (English)In: Journal of Baltic Studies, ISSN 0162-9778, E-ISSN 1751-7877, Vol. 46, no 2, 177-200 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Social constructionist approaches underline that identity is constantly negotiated. It emerges in everyday actions and behavioral patterns, fleeting comments by the participants in the social events. Values and attitudes are promoted and confronted. This paper studies membership categorization and pragmatic code-switching in the Swedish Estonian refugee community, demonstrating the fragile balance between the ‘Estonian’ and the ‘Swedish’. The speakers orient to Estonian Estonian as the target variety, 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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Routledge , 2010. Vol. 46, no 2, 177-200 p.
Keyword [en]
identity, social constructionism, Estonian, immigrants, code-switching, membership categorization, Sweden
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Linguistics; Sociology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103120OAI: diva2:686825
Estonian in Sweden
Available from: 2009-03-05 Created: 2014-01-13 Last updated: 2014-01-13

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