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Digital nomads and the Swedish supremacy – cosmopolitan and national identification among transnationally mobile Swedish Internet entrepreneurs
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0353-6823
2015 (English)In: 33. Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference: Copenhagen 2015, 2015Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper is based on a research project studying national identification among Swedish Internet entrepreneurs and swe-des belonging to the start-up community in Berlin, New York, San Francisco and Stockholm. Swedish entrepreneurs have in recent years been establishing successful companies in the internet/tech-field, such as for example Skype and Spotify. A positive national identification and a good reputation of Swedes in this particular context, is sometimes considered an advantage for example when trying to raise venture capital and attract foreign investors. The paper examines to what extent and how “the Swedish” is something that is understood as a factor of success and how this identification is linked to a history of Swedish entrepreneurship, with parallels to the dot-com boom in the nineties, as well as present-day thri-ving companies. However, a national identification is sometimes de-emphasized in favor of a more cosmopolitan identifi-cation connected with the ideal of being mobile and a part of a global professional elite, rather being than associated with a particular nationality. The negotiation of a meritocratic identification as a cosmopolitan vagabond and expert; in this context sometimes referred to as a “digital nomad”, travelling between globally important tech hubs, and the privileged identification with a Swedish nationality is thus further examined.

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2015.
Keyword [en]
Transnational careers, Sweden, Start-up, National identification, Privileges
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Ethnology
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Ethnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-127450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-127450DiVA: diva2:909227
Conference
33. Nordic Ethnology and Folklore Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, August 18-21, 2015
Funder
Åke Wiberg Foundation
Available from: 2016-03-04 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2017-06-20Bibliographically approved

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