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The role of ethnic community in immigrant's life: the case of Lithuanian immigrants in Skåne

Salinskaite, Daiva LU (2011) WPMM30 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis focuses on the phenomenon of ethnic immigrant communities as diaspora and related issues like implications to ethnic and host identification, acculturation attitudes and self-esteem. Based on the characteristics of host society, previous experiences, myths and stereotypes, different ethnic groups form various kinds of ethnic communities. In this thesis I analyze small Lithuanian community in Skåne. By using multiculturalism theory I explain the context of the Sweden as a host society and influence on Lithuanian immigrants’ choice of acculturation strategies. The research is based on the focus groups interviews with Lithuanians residing in Skåne. The results are analysed by invoking community organizations and acculturation... (More)
This thesis focuses on the phenomenon of ethnic immigrant communities as diaspora and related issues like implications to ethnic and host identification, acculturation attitudes and self-esteem. Based on the characteristics of host society, previous experiences, myths and stereotypes, different ethnic groups form various kinds of ethnic communities. In this thesis I analyze small Lithuanian community in Skåne. By using multiculturalism theory I explain the context of the Sweden as a host society and influence on Lithuanian immigrants’ choice of acculturation strategies. The research is based on the focus groups interviews with Lithuanians residing in Skåne. The results are analysed by invoking community organizations and acculturation theories. The conceptual framework of these theories helps to situate Lithuanian community in Skåne in a local context, to understand the reasons behind passive or active membership and the impact on maintaining one’s ethnic and host identification. The result of this study shows that the purposes of migration, the context of the host society, previous experience of collectivity, willingness to acculturate can be the key factors of ethnic community formation and its role. (Less)
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Salinskaite, Daiva LU
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course
WPMM30 20111
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
immigrant, community, acculturation, ethnic, host, identification
language
English
id
1968677
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2011-06-20 15:15:56
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  abstract     = {This thesis focuses on the phenomenon of ethnic immigrant communities as diaspora and related issues like implications to ethnic and host identification, acculturation attitudes and self-esteem. Based on the characteristics of host society, previous experiences, myths and stereotypes, different ethnic groups form various kinds of ethnic communities. In this thesis I analyze small Lithuanian community in Skåne. By using multiculturalism theory I explain the context of the Sweden as a host society and influence on Lithuanian immigrants’ choice of acculturation strategies. The research is based on the focus groups interviews with Lithuanians residing in Skåne. The results are analysed by invoking community organizations and acculturation theories. The conceptual framework of these theories helps to situate Lithuanian community in Skåne in a local context, to understand the reasons behind passive or active membership and the impact on maintaining one’s ethnic and host identification. The result of this study shows that the purposes of migration, the context of the host society, previous experience of collectivity, willingness to acculturate can be the key factors of ethnic community formation and its role.},
  author       = {Salinskaite, Daiva},
  keyword      = {immigrant,community,acculturation,ethnic,host,identification},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The role of ethnic community in immigrant's life: the case of Lithuanian immigrants in Skåne},
  year         = {2011},
}