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The Second Generation of Swedish Indians: the Development of Ethnic Identity

Kveselyte, Kristina LU (2016) SIMV32 20161
Graduate School
Master of Science in Development Studies
Sociology
Abstract
The purpose of the study was to examine how the second generation Swedish Indians (I use "the second generation" to refer to the children of immigrants, born in Sweden) developed their ethnic identity while analysing their self-identification, cultural preferences, social interactions and daily practices. This qualitative study was based on ten in-depth interviews with second generation Swedish Indians (seven females and three males). Ethnicity in this study was understood through Jenkins ‘basic social anthropological model of ethnicity’. Results were analysed through social constructivism perspective and Berry’s acculturation strategies. Participants have developed a bicultural identity that is continuously negotiated and context... (More)
The purpose of the study was to examine how the second generation Swedish Indians (I use "the second generation" to refer to the children of immigrants, born in Sweden) developed their ethnic identity while analysing their self-identification, cultural preferences, social interactions and daily practices. This qualitative study was based on ten in-depth interviews with second generation Swedish Indians (seven females and three males). Ethnicity in this study was understood through Jenkins ‘basic social anthropological model of ethnicity’. Results were analysed through social constructivism perspective and Berry’s acculturation strategies. Participants have developed a bicultural identity that is continuously negotiated and context dependent. Important cultural elements, which were practiced among participants, were such as the language of the origin, close family relations and respect for elders, celebration of Indian holidays and Indian cooking. In addition, travelling to India appeared as a significant practice in order to feel and understand Indian cultural heritage. Participants of this study distanced themselves from the participation in Indian associations and religious practices, because of the lack of time or interest. (Less)
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Kveselyte, Kristina LU
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SIMV32 20161
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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Ethnic identity, Swedish Indians, second generation, acculturation.
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English
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8882307
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  abstract     = {The purpose of the study was to examine how the second generation Swedish Indians (I use "the second generation" to refer to the children of immigrants, born in Sweden) developed their ethnic identity while analysing their self-identification, cultural preferences, social interactions and daily practices. This qualitative study was based on ten in-depth interviews with second generation Swedish Indians (seven females and three males). Ethnicity in this study was understood through Jenkins ‘basic social anthropological model of ethnicity’. Results were analysed through social constructivism perspective and Berry’s acculturation strategies. Participants have developed a bicultural identity that is continuously negotiated and context dependent. Important cultural elements, which were practiced among participants, were such as the language of the origin, close family relations and respect for elders, celebration of Indian holidays and Indian cooking. In addition, travelling to India appeared as a significant practice in order to feel and understand Indian cultural heritage. Participants of this study distanced themselves from the participation in Indian associations and religious practices, because of the lack of time or interest.},
  author       = {Kveselyte, Kristina},
  keyword      = {Ethnic identity,Swedish Indians,second generation,acculturation.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Second Generation of Swedish Indians: the Development of Ethnic Identity},
  year         = {2016},
}