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Modersmålssvenskar och vi andra: Ungas språk och identifikationer i ljuset av nynationalism
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Department of Ethnology.
2009 (English)In: Utbildning och Demokrati, ISSN 1102-6472, Vol. 18, no 2, 105-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In Sweden multilingualism is regarded as a highly valued asset. This endorsement of multilingualism is often overshadowed by promotion of the Swedish language, though. Using an ethnographic study of ethnically mixed schools in Sweden, the present article discusses this tendency and argues that it can be understood in the light of neo-nationalism and culturalism. With this discussion as a background and a study with former pupils as a starting point, the implications of such culturalism for young descendants of migrants in Sweden today is examined. The article shows how young descendants are placed in different, polarised culturalist positions and how their perspectives on language and self vary in accordance with these. It demonstrates how such positioning create shared conditions across ethnic and gender boundaries and illustrates how these conditions contribute in shaping shared attitudes towards language as well as shared identifications among young of different background and sex.

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Örebro: Örebro universitet , 2009. Vol. 18, no 2, 105-126 p.
Keyword [en]
Neo-nationalism, culturalism, ethnography, Swedish compulsory schools, young descendants of migrants, multilingualism, identity
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-32044OAI: diva2:279300
Identifikationer och positioneringar bland unga vuxna i dagens SverigeGlobalisering, välfärdsinstitutioner och ungas livsval
Available from: 2009-12-02 Created: 2009-12-02 Last updated: 2010-02-03Bibliographically approved

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