Representations of Finnishness in Sweden

Representations of Finnishness in Sweden

By Lotta Weckström
Book Description

More than half a million Swedes – one in twenty – is of Finnish descent. This book explores Finnishness, multilingualism and identities of young people with Finnish background in Sweden. What does it mean to grow up in a Finnish family in Sweden? Who are ‘real Finns’ and what does it take to be(come) one? Is a shared minority language essential for the survival of the minority, or can a minority culture stay viable without it? What is Finnishness and who, in the end, can define ethnicity? How to make sense of, and how to present interviews that are rich with imitations of accents, jokes and laughter?

Representations of Finnishness is Sweden is an ethnographic interview study in the domain of applied language studies. This book is aimed at readers interested in sociolinguistics, linguistic ethnography, and the study of identities. Interviewees’ voices take a central position in this book and interview excerpts are used not only as illustrations, but also serve as starting points for discussing broader theoretical concepts.

The author, Dr. Lotta Weckström, grew up bilingual – Finnish and Swedish – in Finland. She studied linguistics and migration studies in Germany and the Netherlands, and in this longitudinal study encompasses her expertise.

This book is part of the Studia Fennica Linguistica series.

Table of Contents
  • Cover
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Prologue
  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Changing Faces of Migration
    • Why Definitions?
      • Finns Abroad
      • European Post-War Migration
    • Research Review
      • Previous Studies about Finns in Sweden
      • Research concerning Second Generations of Immigrant Finns
  • 3. Research Process
    • Cornerstones of Ethnography
      • Methods and Considerations
      • Discourse Analysis
    • Fieldwork
      • Fieldwork Periods and Participants
      • How to Conduct a Good Interview?
    • About Ethics in Ethnography
      • About Entering and Leaving the Field(s)
      • Interviews: Places, Questions and Methods
      • Transcription of Vernacular and Dialects, Imitations and Accents
    • Research Steps
      • Starting the Search Engine
      • Learning to Use the Tool, Detours on the Way
      • Locating Landmarks, Finding Paths, and Orientation
      • Zooming Down, Dwelling in: 2004, 2005, 2006
  • 4. Language and Communities in the Construction of Finnishness
    • Growing up in a Family Speaking a Minority Language
    • Going to School
    • Sport Communities
      • Extraordinary Feelings
      • Humour and Joking
    • Functional and Emotional Values of Language(s)
      • Finnish in the Family
      • The Problem of ‘I love you’
    • Is Language Essential for an Ethnic Identity?
    • Dual Identities Linked to Languages?
    • Responsibility to Maintain a Language
    • ‘To Get a Language for Free’
  • 5. Being Different
    • Sounding Different
    • Looking Different
    • Ethnicity and Ethnic Identity
      • Who is an Immigrant?
      • Second Generation of Immigrants?
    • Sweden’s Finns?
    • Being Different
  • 6. What is Finnishness?
    • A Place Called Finland
      • Visits Beyond Family Holidays
      • Roots
    • Finnishness as Bravery
    • Social Awkwardness?
    • Are We Talking about Finnishness?
  • 7. The End
    • Kaleidoscopic Identities
    • Changing Contents
    • Finnishness as Language
    • Finnishness as Difference
    • Feeling and Being
    • Reliability, Responsibilities and Research Practices
    • My Contribution
  • Bibliography
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