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Antingen ...eller...?: En studie om hur ungdomar med utländsk bakgrund omskapar sin identitet mellan den ursprungliga kulturen och den svenska kulturen.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Either … or…? : A study about how young people with foreign background create their identity between homeland culture and the Swedish culture. (English)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the thesis is to study how young people with a foreign background transfromtheir identity between two different cultures after they have moved to Sweden. Seven semistructured interviews have been conducted with young people from a vulnerable area in medium-sized city in Sweden. The young people come from different societies that are considered non-individualistic communities, they have lived in Sweden for at least 10 years. The theoretical perspectives: the social identity of Richard Jenkins and the cultural identity of Nader Ahmadi are applied in the essay. Keywords in the survey are the informants' self-identification which include cultural belonging to the Swedish culture and the importance of contact with Swedish society.  Social networking is another keyword. Another theme is experience of meetings with the new society. The change in identity is examined in particular. The family's influence as well as celebrations from the original culture are analyzed in relation to the new Swedish identity. The two aims: How do young people with foreign background identify themselves between two cultures? As well: What are the four concrete barriers according to the informants who influence the creation of identity in the new culture? Answered with detailed analyzes of how the family, the social interaction, and the festivals from the original culture limit the transition to the new identity. The research results are in line with Ålund and Sjögrens' results, which show that immigrant youths  prioritize the family instead of themselves in comparison with the Swedish society that is characterized by an individualistic system. The thesis supports previous theory formation. Future research could determine whether the parents' attitude to Swedish culture can affect the identity decelopment of their child. 

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2019. , p. 41
Keywords [sv]
Invandrarungdomar, kulturell identitet, social identitet, identitetsskapande, självidentifikation
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-82462OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-82462DiVA, id: diva2:1314115
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Sociologi
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Sociology Programme, 180 credits
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