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Identitetsprocesser bland kurder i Sverige: En jämförande intervjustudie mellan första och andra generationens nysvenska kurder
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to study the processes of identity and feelings of connectedness among first and second generation of Kurds in the Swedish society.

In previous research I assumed that this sense of belonging to a nation includes identity and language. As regards the theory part, I have chosen to use a number of studies to elucidate this issue. The theories used in the study focuses primarily on the understanding of identity. Identity in this context can include linguistic, religious, cultural acts, even nationality or that claiming membership to a particular group.

I have implemented twenty-four depth interviews with first and second generation of Kurds in the ages 21–58. Some of these respondents came to Sweden as refugees during the 1980s - either alone or with their families, and some of them started a family after assuming residence in Sweden. The other respondents, called second generation of Kurds, either came as children or were born here in Sweden.

The method used in this thesis is a qualitative data study which aims to create a deeper understanding of the underlying causes of the phenomenon or event explored. I chose the qualitative research method because it provides an appropriate framework for performing this type of study where the focus is in a deep description of personal experiences. Results from my research shows that almost all respondents have a sense of belonging to their original homeland (Kurdistan) and their second homeland Sweden. Respondents identify themselves based on how others in society perceive and categorize them. It also appeared that the second generations of Kurds have better opportunities to influence, act, communicate, balance and to create as well as recreate their identity than the first generation of Kurds. The results show that the younger generations of Kurds have a stronger ability and courage to exhibit their chosen existence or identity(s) in the Swedish society. Their curiosity and tolerance are part of this new young generation of Kurds, and they are building a strong identity within their environment. According to the respondents, the first socialization begins in the family. The family's dear and close people is the individual's first contact with the outside world.

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2012. , 74 p.
Keyword [en]
Identity, language, identity, belonging, nation, Kurds, communication
Keyword [sv]
Identitet, Språk, kultur, Kommunikation, Nation, Land, Kurd
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-19401OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-19401DiVA: diva2:636256
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