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People in motion, a historical perspective: A narrative about leaving and change
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of pedagogy.
2015 (English)In: Participation, Integration, and Recognition: Changing Pathways to Immigrant Incorporation / [ed] Elli Heikkilä, Auvo Kostiainen, Johanna Leinonen, Ismo Söderling, Turku: Institute of Migration , 2015, 126-138 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study is to shed light on one immigrant’s experience of leaving and changes, of being forced to abandon the family home. Though decision to return and eventually did so, the informant later chose to leave again, reorienting towards new possibilities elsewhere. The informant related, in an oral interview, memories of the 1930s and 1940s; telling this story nearly seventy years after. Taking a life-story approach, I analyze this narrative of leaving and change, building on the idea that individually narrated memories can contribute knowledge and understanding to the field of immigrant studies. Experiences of insecurity and the search for a place where one feels safe and comfortable result from being forced to leave one’s home, all that is familiar, and from starting over. In this context, while the informant’s initial exodus was beyond control, later move to start over in a new country appears to reflect one’s own choice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Turku: Institute of Migration , 2015. 126-138 p.
, Migration Studies, ISSN 0356-780X ; 24
Keyword [en]
Life story, breakup, change, identity
Keyword [fi]
Elämäntarina, lähtö, hajoaminen, muutos, identiteetti
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Pedagogics and Educational Sciences, Pedagogics
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-46827ISBN: 978-952-5889-83-3ISBN: 978-951-29-6161-0ISBN: 978-952-5889-82-6ISBN: 978-951-29-6160-3OAI: diva2:862418
Participation, Integration, and Recognition: Changing Pathways to Immigrant Incorporation, Turku, Finland May 19-20, 2014
Available from: 2015-10-22 Created: 2015-10-22 Last updated: 2015-12-16Bibliographically approved

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