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Title Doing Jewishness : a discussion on the relationship between private discourses and national or public representations
Author(s) Thor Tureby, Malin
Date 2012
English abstract
In a research project (funded by the Swedish Research Council), “Swedish-Jewish refugee receptions. Narratives and negations of “Jewish” identities and communities in Sweden 1933 –2013”, I work with narratives about and from ”Jews” in Sweden. The “Jew” has been a crucial category and even a stereotype in the formation of different Swedish national identities in different social contexts over time. In contrast to most other research projects with a focus on narrative material I want to analyse how a marginalized group like the Swedish Jews are negotiating their own identities and communities by othering and marginalizing or including other Jewish groups over time. I will do this by examining how the Swedish Jewish refugee activities have been narrated in different materials and contexts over the period 1933–2013. In this paper I work with narratives from the archive “Jewish memories” at the National Museum of cultural history (Nordiska Museet). During the years 1994 –1998 the museum collected autobiographical material (interviews and written life stories) from Jews in Sweden. Similar to how feminist researchers use the expression “doing gender”, I use the expression “doing Jewishness”. If doing gender refers to how the differences between men and women, masculinity and feminity are constructed and creates normative conceptions of what a true and correct masculinity/feminity is, I argue that you can investigate the doing of “Jewishness” in relation to Swedishness in the same way. In this paper I will focus on how “Jewishness” and “Swedishness” is negotiated in the interviews collected by the Nordiska Museet. How do the interviewees narrate “Jewish memories”? How do the interviewers ask about “Jewish memories” What themes are considered relevant to ask and narrate about? Who is interviewed and by whom? How do the interaction/communication between the interviewee and the interviewer create different types of narratives about “Jewishness”?
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Jewishness
oral history
archived interviews
Nordiska museet
public memories
discourse analysis
narrative
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
Note Private and Public Memories the fourth international symposium of the Finnish Oral History Network Helsinki, 29–30 November 2012
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/15162 (link to this page)
Link http://www.finlit.fi/tutkimus/fohn/Private_and_public_memories_2012.htm (external link to related web page)

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