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Tyskar i Kalmartrakten: En etnologisk studie av berättelser om historia, identitet och tillhörighet
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of culture and media studies.
2009 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The study deals with the life stories of six women and four men who were born in Germany and who now live in Sweden.  Its purpose is to examine the histories of those who grew up in Germany during and after the Nazi era, their descriptions of their lives and experiences during childhood and adolescence, and how they regard their encounters with Swedish people, and the ways in which these encounters have affected their ways of describing the growth of their attachment to this country. The main approach is a narrative analysis focussing on the interview interaction and the wider social and political contexts of their life stories.

When speaking of their lives in the two countries they show varying degrees of attachment to the places involved. This is why I use the term “travellers” when describing how their feelings of “belonging” change.

The theoretical concepts used are those of habitus and capitals derived from Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of practice, and Marianne Horsdal’s view that people often refer to the idea of a “good life” when relating their life stories. This concept can of course vary widely from one person to another. Nine of the group emigrated to Sweden voluntarily; the remaining one came here as a refugee after the end of the second World War.  The older ones - born between 1920 and 1940 - have memories of their early years in Nazi Germany and of the wartime period. The younger ones, born after 1950, have differing memories of childhood and adolescence spent in East and West Germany. Some of them lost close relatives during the war.  Those who came to Sweden during the late 1940s and the 1950s were met with very negative attitudes from some Swedes, while the later immigrants were treated with respect.  

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Kalmar: Kalmar läns museum , 2009. , 368 p.
Etnologiska skrifter, ISSN 1103-6516 ; 49
, Kalmar län. Meddelande från Kalmar läns Hembygdsförbund och Stiftelsen Kalmar läns museum, ISSN 0451-2715 ; 93
Keyword [en]
Germany, life story, narrators, narratives, nationality, nation, identity, family, childhood, homeland, Heimat, everyday life, capital, biography, history, Nazism, Second World War, refugees, emigration, emigrants, Sweden, negative attitudes
Keyword [sv]
Tyskland; levnadsberättelser; berättare; berättelser; nationalitet; nation; identitet; familj; barndom; Heimat; vardagsliv; kapital; biografi; historia; Nazism; andra världskriget; flyktingar; emigration; emigranter; Sverige; negativa attityder
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-26028ISBN: 978-91-85926-71-8OAI: diva2:236106
Institutionen för kultur- och medievetenskaper, 901 87, Umeå
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2009-10-13, Hörsal G, Humanisthuset, Umeå universitet, Umeå, 10:00 (Swedish)
Tyskland i Sverige och Sverige i Tyskland
Available from: 2009-09-22 Created: 2009-09-21 Last updated: 2009-09-22Bibliographically approved

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