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Authors:Glenn Eric Kranking: Department of History, The Ohio State University, USA
Publication title:Borderland Swedes: Minority Politics and Transnational Identification among Estonia’s Swedish Population
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:025
Article No.:035
Abstract:Governments use identifications of groups – whether it is state-determined or self-identified – 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 – 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.
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:11
Pages:329-340
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/025/035/ecp072535.pdf
Available:2007-11-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press, Linköpings universitet

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Glenn Eric Kranking (2007). Borderland Swedes: Minority Politics and Transnational Identification among Estonia’s Swedish Population, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=025;article=035 (accessed 8/22/2014)