Article | Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011 | Contemporary Kurdish Families in Finland: Traditional; Modern or Something Else?

Title:
Contemporary Kurdish Families in Finland: Traditional; Modern or Something Else?
Author:
Anne Häkkinen: University of JyvĂ€skylĂ€, Finland
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Year:
2011
Conference:
Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011
Issue:
062
Article no.:
008
Pages:
55-62
No. of pages:
8
Publication type:
Abstract and Fulltext
Published:
2011-11-22
ISBN:
978-91-7519-993-1
Series:
Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):
1650-3686
ISSN (online):
1650-3740
Publisher:
Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet


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Family is a central institute that regulates person®s life in Kurdish communities and thus family relations are highly valued. Marriage – as closely related to family – is one of the key factors that maintains desired family relations. However Kurdish family patterns are usually seen and considered to be in terms of traditional for the reason that family have a great power over the individual. Still it is assumed that parents have to give their approval for the marriage. One way of sustaining family ties and family dynamics typical for Kurdish communities in the context of migration is marriage patterns. Example of this is the phenomenon called transnational marriage: an immigrant search for his/her spouse from country of origin and brings her/him back to the country of settlement. However this is not the only way of getting married among Kurds in Finland.

In my presentation I will discuss about the concepts of modern and traditional in the context of migration. Is it reasonable to use these concepts when trying to understand Kurdish families and marriage practices? Are we entitled to call them traditional or should we use other words to describe them?

Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Anne Häkkinen
Title:
Contemporary Kurdish Families in Finland: Traditional; Modern or Something Else?
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Current Issues in European Cultural Studies; June 15-17; Norrköping; Sweden 2011

Author:
Anne Häkkinen
Title:
Contemporary Kurdish Families in Finland: Traditional; Modern or Something Else?
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