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Identificational Integration of Second Generation Russians in Estonia

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Nimmerfeldt, Gerli

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Abstract "This article takes a look at integration processes of second generation Russian youth in Estonia at identity level which is often referred to as identificational integration. The focus is set on two dimensions of the identificational integration: identification with one’s own ethnic group and identification with the majority group in host country. First the role and place of identity in theoretical approaches to integration processes is explored. The second task of the article is to demonstrate the shortcomings of widespread theories and commonly used research instruments for studying the identificational integration. For that purpose the hypotheses on identificational integration that stem from literature and presume that national level belongingness either replaces or replenishes ethnic identity are put on test. The analysis is based on both survey data and follow-up face-to-face interviews conducted with 18-35 year old Russians born in Estonia to parents of whom at least one have migrated to Estonia during Soviet times. Conducted analysis on ethnic identity of Russian youth and their sense of belonging to the majority group reveal a need for an enhanced approach to conceptualising and operationalising the identity level integration processes." (author's abstract)
Keywords Estonia; second generation; integration; ethnic group; cultural identity; Russian; identification; immigration; migration; national identity; diaspora; group membership; adolescent; young adult
Classification Migration, Sociology of Migration; Social Psychology
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 25-35
Journal Studies of Transition States and Societies, 1 (2009) 1
ISSN 1736-8758
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications