1 Health Promotion, The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University2 The Department of Psychology and Educational Studies, Roskilde University3 Childhood, Youth and Family Life Research, Department of People and Technology, Roskilde University
Diasporic identity processes among South Asian young adults in Scandinavia
This paper explores some social-psychological aspects for South Asian Young Adults in Denmark such as identity processes through social relations across the geographical borders and psychological diaspora consciousness and is a follow up of the project conducted in the mid-nineties, in Denmark (N= 14). The diasporic conceptualisations focussing on human centeredness and processes in migration combined with life course perspective provide theoretical framework for this study. The method used is in-depth interviews, analysed through condensation and meaningful categorisation of the narratives. The young adults are perceived as active actors in relation to their life situation. The results show the young adults as well as parental generations. reinterpretation of the self, other and home. They also depict that the young adults’ diasporic identities involve the countries of origin as well as the Scandinavian welfare societies. However, the myth of return is not supported, although the countries of residence have turned increasingly restrictive in migration policies in the past years. When we look at the present South Asian diaspora, the Scandinavian countries like Denmark and Sweden are rarely named among the host countires. In a similar vein the current migrations and Intercultural psychological research in these Nordic countries hardly pays any attention to this diaspora group. However, there are about 60,000 South Asians (from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka) in these countries, who have primarily arrived as migrant labourers in the late sixties and early seventies or a smaller number as refugees in the seventies and eighties such as Gujaratis from the East Africa, Tamils from Sri Lanka and Sikhs from India. Diaspora involves several psychological and mental health issues; the present paper is limited to the diasporic identity processes including identity transformations in the life course based on a recently completed research project in Denmark (Singla, 2008).
Социально-пcихологическая Адаптация Мигрантов В Современном Мире: Материалы Международной Научно-практической Конференции 24-25 Февраля 2012 / Отв. Ред.в. В. Константинов. Пенза: Пгпу Им. В. Г. Белинско-го. Isbn. .(s. 201-214), 2012, p. 201-214
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International Research and Practice Conference, 2012