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Släktskapande - en etnologisk studie av släktforskning som historiebruk och identitetsmarkör

Johansson, Erika LU (2017) ETNK02 20172
Division of Ethnology
Abstract
Genealogy is a rapidly growing and popular hobby in Sweden and all over the world. This thesis is an ethnological study based on five qualitative interviews and fifteen questionnaires answered by genealogists. The aim and purpose of the study is to find out how genealogists define ”history” in relation to their own family history. How they produce their own history through their research and how it affects their identity-work. I examine this in the thesis by using discourse theory and Peter Aronssons theories on the use of history.
The study shows that my informants relate to two main discourses linked to the word ”history”. ”The general" history related to kings and wars and ”the common person” history related to the everyday stories... (More)
Genealogy is a rapidly growing and popular hobby in Sweden and all over the world. This thesis is an ethnological study based on five qualitative interviews and fifteen questionnaires answered by genealogists. The aim and purpose of the study is to find out how genealogists define ”history” in relation to their own family history. How they produce their own history through their research and how it affects their identity-work. I examine this in the thesis by using discourse theory and Peter Aronssons theories on the use of history.
The study shows that my informants relate to two main discourses linked to the word ”history”. ”The general" history related to kings and wars and ”the common person” history related to the everyday stories of the people of the public. Of the two there is one which constitutes a hegemony: ”the general” history. The informants then produce their own version of history through their genealogy research. They do this to be able to relate to ”history” in a more personal way, both to confirm their own identity and as a criticism against the existing production of history. (Less)
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author
Johansson, Erika LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Creating your own history - an ethnological study on the use of history in genealogy
course
ETNK02 20172
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
genealogy, identity, ancestor, use of history, discourse
language
Swedish
id
8938769
date added to LUP
2018-06-04 16:19:56
date last changed
2018-06-04 16:19:56
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  abstract     = {Genealogy is a rapidly growing and popular hobby in Sweden and all over the world. This thesis is an ethnological study based on five qualitative interviews and fifteen questionnaires answered by genealogists. The aim and purpose of the study is to find out how genealogists define ”history” in relation to their own family history. How they produce their own history through their research and how it affects their identity-work. I examine this in the thesis by using discourse theory and Peter Aronssons theories on the use of history. 
	The study shows that my informants relate to two main discourses linked to the word ”history”. ”The general" history related to kings and wars and ”the common person” history related to the everyday stories of the people of the public. Of the two there is one which constitutes a hegemony: ”the general” history. The informants then produce their own version of history through their genealogy research. They do this to be able to relate to ”history” in a more personal way, both to confirm their own identity and as a criticism against the existing production of history.},
  author       = {Johansson, Erika},
  keyword      = {genealogy,identity,ancestor,use of history,discourse},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Släktskapande - en etnologisk studie av släktforskning som historiebruk och identitetsmarkör},
  year         = {2017},
}