Nationilism - belonging to the spaces between : conceptualizing nation-less identity and belonging

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dc.contributor.author Grote, Joanna
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-08T03:45:03Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-08T03:45:03Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.uri http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201103081865 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/26643
dc.description.abstract This qualitative study links the cultural identity of Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs) to the field of intercultural communication by demonstrating that new identities are emerging that are characterized by a sense of belonging not linked to the boundaries of nations or tied to physical location. As initial self-disclosure and knowledge about the identity of one’s counterpart have been proved essential in intercultural interactions, understanding with regards to new forms of identity are of interest to the field. The aim of this study is to explore the concept of nation-less belonging within the cultural identities of Adult Third Culture Kids, something I term "natioNILism". In order to examine this concept, an alert was posted on online Third Culture communities and selected International School networks in order to discover a target group who felt a sense of natioNILism. 70 participants completed demographic surveys and subsequently, 29 ATCKs willingly participated in qualitative interviews which asked respondents to consider the concept of their belonging, especially in reference to how they answer the question, "Where are you from?" Participants who spoke in depth about the concept of nation-less identification were sent follow-up questions on this topic via e-mail and twelve responded. The findings show that ATCKs identify with the concept of nation-less-ness to varying degrees and yet a there are ATCK individuals who feel a strong sense of belonging to NatioNILism and are both proud and empowered by it. These ATCKs are comfortable with a plurality of identifications, including placing themselves outside nations, in-between them, and / or identifying with an imagined community of others like themselves.
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject.other third-culture kid
dc.subject.other Adult Third Culture Kid
dc.subject.other Global Nomad
dc.subject.other global nomad
dc.subject.other Intercultural Communication
dc.subject.other Intercultural Communication
dc.subject.other Cross-cultural communication
dc.subject.other Cross-cultural communication
dc.subject.other Identity
dc.subject.other Belonging
dc.subject.other NatioNILism
dc.subject.other Nationalism
dc.subject.other Nationality
dc.title Nationilism - belonging to the spaces between : conceptualizing nation-less identity and belonging
dc.type Book en
dc.identifier.urn URN:NBN:fi:jyu-201103081865
dc.subject.ysa kulttuurienvälinen viestintä
dc.subject.ysa identiteetti
dc.subject.ysa nationalismi
dc.subject.ysa kansallisuus
dc.subject.ysa kulttuuri-identiteetti
dc.type.dcmitype Text en
dc.type.ontasot Pro gradu fi
dc.type.ontasot Master’s thesis en
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Humanistinen tiedekunta fi
dc.contributor.tiedekunta Faculty of Humanities en
dc.contributor.laitos Viestintätieteiden laitos fi
dc.contributor.laitos Department of Communication en
dc.contributor.yliopisto University of Jyväskylä en
dc.contributor.yliopisto Jyväskylän yliopisto fi
dc.contributor.oppiaine Master's Degree Programme in Intercultural Communication en
dc.contributor.oppiaine Intercultural Communication (maisteriohjelma) fi

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