Article | Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007 | Borderland Swedes: Minority Politics and Transnational Identification among Estonia’s Swedish Population

Title:
Borderland Swedes: Minority Politics and Transnational Identification among Estonia’s Swedish Population
Author:
Glenn Eric Kranking: Department of History, The Ohio State University, USA
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Year:
2007
Conference:
Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007
Issue:
025
Article no.:
035
Pages:
329-340
No. of pages:
11
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2007-11-27
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Governments use identifications of groups ‚Äď whether it is state-determined or self-identified ‚Äď in formulating minority policies; while organizations and individuals often use forms of identification in searching for areas of sameness. In both cases; the classification used affects policies and actions. Identifications based on language; religion; ethnicity; nationality; race; and citizenship create borders in society; but simultaneously offer opportunities to transcend other forms of borders. From the 1870s until the Second World War; Estonia went through four governments; each with its own form of identification ‚Äď tsarist Russia; independent Estonia; Soviet Estonia; and Nazi Germany. For the Swedish minority living in a borderland; subsequent minority policies shaped the direction of their cultural de¬¨velopment; but it was the transnational connection with individuals and organizations in Sweden; and later the Swedish government (although the type of identification shifted over time) that transcended political borders and had the greatest impact on the populations cultural development.

Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Glenn Eric Kranking
Title:
Borderland Swedes: Minority Politics and Transnational Identification among Estonia’s Swedish Population
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Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11-13 June 2007

Author:
Glenn Eric Kranking
Title:
Borderland Swedes: Minority Politics and Transnational Identification among Estonia’s Swedish Population
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