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'I'm Not Swedish Swedish': Self-Appraised National and Ethnic Identification among Migrant-Descendants in Sweden
Malmö University, Faculty of Culture and Society (KS), Department of Global Political Studies (GPS). Malmö University, Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4377-0772
2021 (English)In: Genealogy, E-ISSN 2313-5778, Vol. 5, no 2, article id 56Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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As a country of high migration, Sweden presents an interesting case for the study of belongingness. For the children of migrants, ethnic and national identification, as well as ascriptive identity, can pose challenges to feelings of belongingness, which is an essential element for positive mental health. In this article, survey data were collected from 626 Swedes whose parents were born in the following countries: Somalia, Poland, Vietnam, and Turkey. The results show that Poles significantly felt they received more reflective appraisals of ascription than any other group. However, despite not feeling as if they were being ascribed as Swedish, most group members (regardless of ethnic origin) had high feelings of belongingness to Sweden. Overall, individuals who felt that being Swedish was important for their identity indicated the highest feelings of belongingness. Further, individuals across groups showed a positive correlation between their national identification and ethnic identification, indicating a feeling of membership to both. These results mirror previous research in Sweden where individuals' ethnic and national identities were positively correlated. The ability to inhabit multiple identities as a member of different groups is the choice of an individual within a pluralistic society. Multiple memberships between groups need not be contradictory but rather an expression of different spheres of inhabitance.

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MDPI, 2021. Vol. 5, no 2, article id 56
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belongingness, ethnic identity, Sweden, ascribed identity
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mau:diva-44948DOI: 10.3390/genealogy5020056ISI: 000667154800001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mau-44948DiVA, id: diva2:1586097
Available from: 2021-08-19 Created: 2021-08-19 Last updated: 2023-09-05Bibliographically approved

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