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Theories of Identity Formation among Immigrants: Examples from People with an Iraqi Kurdish Background in Sweden
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Language and Culture. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay portrays the formation and construction of the identity development of immigrants through their cultural encounter with a new society. It is an attempt to give voice to four Iraqi Kurds, who came to Sweden at the age of six months, nine years, twenty-two and twenty-seven years respectively, in order to interpret issues about their identity construction and belonging. What does it mean for them to be Kurds in Sweden and live between two different cultures? How is their identity formulated and where do they belong as Kurds, Swedes, in-between or both? The individuals‘ identity changes when encountering a society that is completely different from their country of origin because ―[…] the nature of the individual depends upon the society in which he or she lives‖ (Burke and Stets 2009: 4). Moreover, the first generation includes those immigrants who arrived at a very young age and thus grew up and were raised in diaspora, lived between two different cultures, and are ―confronted with two motherlands‖ (Jodeyr 2003). One is their country of origin and the other one is the host country that they migrated to. The host country is considered the real home country for those who arrived at a very young age according to some of my informants. Therefore, the narratives my informants tell about their identity are the result of their relationship as individuals with the Swedish society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Immigrants, identity, collective identity, identity formation, ethnicity, cultural hybridity, culture-in between, third space.
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-111221ISRN: LIU-IKK/MPLCE-A--14/11--SEOAI: diva2:754785
Subject / course
Master's Programme in Language and Culture in Europe
, Linköping (English)
Available from: 2014-10-14 Created: 2014-10-12 Last updated: 2014-10-14Bibliographically approved

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