Lietuviai Norvegijoje: tarp integracijos ir savo tapatumo išlaikymo

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Lietuvių kalba / Lithuanian
Lietuviai Norvegijoje: tarp integracijos ir savo tapatumo išlaikymo
Alternative Title:
Lithuanians in Norway: between integration and preservation of identity
In the Journal:
Lietuvių katalikų mokslo akademijos metraštis [LKMA metraštis]. 2016, t. 39, p. 173-194
Summary / Abstract:

ENFollowing Antanas Maceina, a famous Lithuanian philosopher from the interwar period, the article argues that the nation state sees emigration as a treat to the natural order of things. The ideal of the nation state would view the people and territory as an indivisible unity. Transnationalism, on the contrary, suggests that people in the contemporary world are welcomed to maintain their identity in emigration (are not required to assimilate to the dominant society) and identity does not have any correlation with the territory. Lithuanian immigrants are a relatively new group in Norway, but at the same time one of the largest (second after the Poles). The immigration-related attitudes of the residents of the host country (Norwegians) discussed in the paper, or, more precisely, the “imagined sameness” between “people of their kind” and “others” implies an ethnically-determined notion of “belonging” among Norwegians. “Others” are perceived as ethnically “different”. Such an ethnically-determined concept of Norwegian society results in integration difficulties for immigrants from Lithuania. However, being “white” is used as a resource to blend in and thus be less easily identifiable as an immigrant or at least one can imagine being higher up on the social ladder, even if from Eastern Europe. Despite their desire to be treated and perceived as equals in Norway, Lithuanian immigrants are reluctant to give up Lithuanian citizenship. Admittedly there are some exceptions and this is especially true of children who grew up in Norway. However, there are currently few such people and it is therefore too early to draw any conclusions about this matter. Lithuanian citizenship is perceived not as a practical necessity, but more as an emotional tie with Lithuania. [From the publication]

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