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Svenska snillen eller meriterade världsmedborgare? Nationell och kosmopolitisk identifikation hos internationellt verksamma svenska internetentreprenörer
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0353-6823
2016 (Swedish)In: Kulturella perspektiv - Svensk etnologisk tidskrift, ISSN 1102-7908, Vol. 25, no 3-4, 18-29 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The article is based on my postdoc project that is studying national identification among a total of 23 Swedish internet and tech entrepreneurs based in Stockholm, Berlin, New York City and San Francisco. The purpose of this article is to explore how and when ”Swedishness” is considered as something of value for the informants, possible to use as an asset, for example, when it comes to attracting foreign investors, and how and when it is rather toned down in favor of a more cosmopolitan and meritocratic identification. In recent years, Sweden has had significant success in the tech/internet sector. Especially informants based in Europe highlighted the interest of Swedes on the tech scene as something important and used ”Swedishness” in their self-presentations. The informants who were based in the US, and especially in San Francisco, showed a tendency instead to emphasize an identification with a global elite. On the other hand, they also showed a greater tendency to highlight qualities of the Swedish society at large, which those who were still based in Europe did not do to the same extent

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2016. Vol. 25, no 3-4, 18-29 p.
Keyword [en]
startups, internet enrepreneurs, Sweden, cosmopolitanism, national identification
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Ethnology
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138162OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-138162DiVA: diva2:1065955
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Åke Wiberg Foundation
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2017-08-23Bibliographically approved

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