Young Somalis’ social identity in Sweden and Britain. The interplay of group dynamics, socio-political environments, and transnational ties in social identification processes

Scuzzarello, Sarah and Carlson, Benny (2018) Young Somalis’ social identity in Sweden and Britain. The interplay of group dynamics, socio-political environments, and transnational ties in social identification processes. Migration Studies. ISSN 2049-5838

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Abstract

In this article, we aim to contribute to the literature on social identification among migrants and minorities by offering a theoretical framework that accounts for the interplay of socio-psychological factors, local and transnational group dynamics, and the socio-political environment in which migrants live. This approach enables us to analyse not only the political significance of identity, but also the psychology of identity formation. Drawing upon qualitative data, we analyse how young Somalis (N: 43) living in the municipalities of Malmö (Sweden) and Ealing (United Kingdom) construct and negotiate their ethnic social identities in relation to: Somali elders living in the same city; Somalis in Somalia and in the diaspora; and the British/Swedish majority society. We show that, to secure a positive self-identity vis-à-vis these referent groups, young Somalis engage in psychological strategies of separation; social competition; and social creativity. The socio-political environment in which they are embedded influences which strategy they adopt.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Social identity; socio-political context; transnationalism; young Somali; Sweden; United Kingdom; Narratives
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Development
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Migration Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonisation. Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV6001 Emigration and immigration. International migration > JV7590 Europe
Depositing User: Sarah Scuzzarello
Date Deposited: 17 May 2018 13:24
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2019 15:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/75913

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Project NameSussex Project NumberFunderFunder Ref
How migrants identify with their societies of settlement: a comparison of migrant communities in Malmo and Ealing (London)UnsetSwedish Research Council (Vetenskapsradet)VR2011-1166
Somalis in European CitiesUnsetOpen Society FoundationUnset