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Narratives about Sweden: Collecting processes about and with persons categorized as immigrants at the Nordic Museum in Sweden i the twentieth and twnty-first centuries
Linköpings universitet.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2014 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we will shortly present the design of a research project under construction as well as the results and reflections from a minor pre-study/analysis.The history of Sweden as a country of immigration has been written almost exclusively from the Swedish state’s perspective. The diverse experiences, that immigrant women and men have had in meetings with “Sweden” at different times lacks its place in the contemporary writing of history. Never before have their stories been systematically compiled and analyzed as a part of and a point of departure for writing Swedish (immigration) history. Neither have there been any studies over time nor contexts on how the Swedish self-image(s) has changed in relation to immigrated people and how this self-image is related to the inclusion or exclusion of the immigrants. In the project we are aiming at writing a multivocal Swedish (immigration) history based on immigrants’ narratives about Sweden. This is done through a survey of all and a study of some selected collections of collected and archived interviews with persons in Sweden categorized as immigrants from different times and places. These “collections of immigrant narratives” are spread all over Sweden and have been collected by different museums, archives and other “memory institutions” with diverse purposes, in different times and in different local contexts. In the project we are illuminating questions as when, where, why and by which institution, archive or museum narratives from different individuals or groups have been collected? Moreover, in the research project we investigate both the contexts of the collections and the contents of the individual interviews/ life stories. Concerning the analysis of the individual interviews we are interested in analyzing who is asked to and how are the interviewees asked to tell their life story? What questions are they asked to answer? What subjects are they asked to reflect and narrate about? However, we also look upon the interviews/life stories as retrospective narratives on what it was like to come to Sweden at a specific time and to a specific place. In the paper our research interests revolve around both the contexts of the different collections and issues of representation. Concerning the aspect of representation, our will is to investigate who is selected to represent at different times and places? And what are the interviewees supposed to be representing? Accordingly, we assert that how and what the persons actually narrate about their experiences and lives imply epistemological and methodological questions. We are using the findings in a minor pre-study as a point of departure for the paper. The paper will address and reflect our thoughts and problems with working with materials (narratives, interviews and life stories) that have been created, collected and archived by different “memory institutions” in Sweden. Furthermore, the paper will address ethical perspectives and methodological challenges on (re)presenting selves and others, both how this (re)presentation is done in archives as well as in the texts we write as historians from our uses and analysis of the materials in the collections/archives.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014.
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History
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Social Sciences, Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-41429OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-41429DiVA, id: diva2:798460
Conference
European Social Science History Conference, (ESSHC) Vienna, 22-26 April, 2014
Available from: 2015-03-26 Created: 2015-03-26 Last updated: 2015-04-23Bibliographically approved

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