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Now – let's eat!: en etnologisk studie om mat, minne ochtillhörighet i den svenskjudiska diasporan
Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master thesis is an ethnological study focusing members of a young, urban Jewishdiaspora in Sweden. The study's aim is to problematize and describe the relation between theJewish minority that is regarded as religious, and the secular normative majority societyregarded as non-religious. The study explores questions regarding social positioning,belonging and memory and how Jewish traditions are practiced in contemporary Sweden. Themethodological approaches are interviews and participation observations with a specific focuson food; its symbolic value and how food can materialize identities and communicatememories. The empirical data comprises 24 interviews in total, of which 11 interviews havebeen chosen and thus constitute the material on which the study's analysis is made upon. Theanalysis is mainly based upon the theoretical perspective of phenomenology focusinganalytical concepts as materiality, positionality, (conditional) belonging, minority/majorityand diasporic processes. By being regarded as "well integrated" and at the same time beingdesignated as one of Sweden's national minorities, the Jewish group is given contradictorypositionalities, which is examined in this study. The study also shows that memory and aconnection to the past (both personal and general Jewish history) are of great importance tothese informants when expressing their identities, and that this connection often materializesthrough food. By highlighting the informants' experiences of keeping kosher, it becamevisible that Jewish way of life challenges the normative (imagined) secularity in Sweden.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 65 p.
Keyword [en]
ethnology, diaspora, food, memory, religious, secular, Jewish youth, Jewish food culture, minority, integration, positionality, materiality
Keyword [sv]
etnologi, diaspora, mat, minnen, religiös, sekulär, svenskjudiska unga vuxna, judisk matkultur, minoriteter, integration, positionalitet, materialitet
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19172OAI: diva2:629305
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Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-06-17 Created: 2013-06-17 Last updated: 2013-06-17Bibliographically approved

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