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Transformation and reconstruction of national identity among polish immigrants in Norway

Marek Pawlak

Abstract

The primary question of my doctoral dissertation concerns the subject matter of national identity in the context of contemporary world and global migration. In particular, I am interested in the phenomena that reveal processes of identity politics among Polish economic immigrants living and working in Norway. Therefore, the detailed questions raised in my thesis involve the immigrants’ transformation and reconstruction of such categories as nationality (or ethnicity), the ‘global’ and the ‘local’, as well as, the immigrants’ perception of mobility and transnational connections. Additionally, I also analyse the complex issue of how the state and national ideologies function in the contemporary – to use Ulf Hannerz’s term – ‘global cultural flow chart’. In other words, what does it mean to be ‘national’ nowadays? How do we become ‘national’ entities? Are we experiencing a sort of erosion of national identities due to the heightened mobility and global flows; or perhaps it is just the opposite – precisely because of the constant movement of different nationalities and ethnicities we may observe a general revival of national identities? . These questions are, however, supplemented by additional contexts of immigrants’ identification processes, which involve an array of many other allegiances than merely the ‘national’ ones. Although, national belonging seems to play a lucid and pivotal role in the context of contemporary mobility, it usually depends on the different socio-cultural categories, such as social class, gender, etc. After all, national identity does not appear in a social vacuum – individuals construct and transform this category based on their own personal experiences and loyalties. Therefore, the crucial analysis of migrants’ identity constructions emphases the strategic, contextual and pragmatic ‘use’ of national categories while dealing with various problems and opportunities in diasporic situations. This sort of process may be described as a ‘shifting’ from national to focal and situational factors of identity, which are significant in migrants transnational practices and social fields.
Record ID
UAM6da66cc807444259b6847ddfc76a3f07
Diploma type
Doctor of Philosophy
Author
Marek Pawlak Marek Pawlak,, Undefined Affiliation
Title in Polish
Transformacja i rekonstrukcja tożsamości narodowej polskich imigrantów w Norwegii
Title in English
Transformation and reconstruction of national identity among polish immigrants in Norway
Language
pl Polish
Certifying Unit
Faculty of History (FoH)
Discipline
history / (humanities) / (humanities)
Scientific discipline (2.0)
1.3 history
Defense Date
21-05-2012
End date
21-05-2012
Supervisor
URL
http://hdl.handle.net/10593/2506 opening in a new tab
Keywords in English
Migration, National identity, Transnationalism, Transnational habitus
Abstract in English
The primary question of my doctoral dissertation concerns the subject matter of national identity in the context of contemporary world and global migration. In particular, I am interested in the phenomena that reveal processes of identity politics among Polish economic immigrants living and working in Norway. Therefore, the detailed questions raised in my thesis involve the immigrants’ transformation and reconstruction of such categories as nationality (or ethnicity), the ‘global’ and the ‘local’, as well as, the immigrants’ perception of mobility and transnational connections. Additionally, I also analyse the complex issue of how the state and national ideologies function in the contemporary – to use Ulf Hannerz’s term – ‘global cultural flow chart’. In other words, what does it mean to be ‘national’ nowadays? How do we become ‘national’ entities? Are we experiencing a sort of erosion of national identities due to the heightened mobility and global flows; or perhaps it is just the opposite – precisely because of the constant movement of different nationalities and ethnicities we may observe a general revival of national identities? . These questions are, however, supplemented by additional contexts of immigrants’ identification processes, which involve an array of many other allegiances than merely the ‘national’ ones. Although, national belonging seems to play a lucid and pivotal role in the context of contemporary mobility, it usually depends on the different socio-cultural categories, such as social class, gender, etc. After all, national identity does not appear in a social vacuum – individuals construct and transform this category based on their own personal experiences and loyalties. Therefore, the crucial analysis of migrants’ identity constructions emphases the strategic, contextual and pragmatic ‘use’ of national categories while dealing with various problems and opportunities in diasporic situations. This sort of process may be described as a ‘shifting’ from national to focal and situational factors of identity, which are significant in migrants transnational practices and social fields.

Uniform Resource Identifier
https://researchportal.amu.edu.pl/info/phd/UAM6da66cc807444259b6847ddfc76a3f07/

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