AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Attachments to places and their influence on identity; A study of Lebanese descendants in Denmark and how they make sense of their identity

by Sara Hillbon Guizani

Institution: Roskilde University
Year: 2015
Keywords: Identity; Hybrid identity; Diaspora; Home; Hybridity; Transnationalism; Place; Sense of place; Belonging; Migrants; Denmark; Lebanon; Lebanese; Descendants
Record ID: 1119884
Full text PDF: http://rudar.ruc.dk/handle/1800/18757


This bachelor’s thesis pertains to the topic of how identity is influenced by attachments to places. The aim of this study was to analyze how the identity of Lebanese descendants in Denmark is influenced by their attachments to Denmark and Lebanon. The primary data in this study was gathered through nine narrative interviews with eleven Lebanese descendants in Denmark. Lebanese descendants in this study are defined as, children of two Lebanese immigrants, who have grown up in Denmark. A narrative and thematic analysis strategy was applied to develop themes on the basis of the data gathered through the interviews. The concepts of: identity, diaspora, home, hybridity, transnationalism, place and sense of place were used to shed light on the developed themes and the data gathered. It was concluded that the Lebanese descendants attachments to Denmark and Lebanon had an influence on, how their Lebanese identity manifested itself in their everyday life, their feelings of home and belonging in Denmark and Lebanon, their feelings of exclusion in Danish society and how they negotiated their identity between the Danish and Lebanese culture.