The Discursive Construction of Russian-German Identity

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November 2013



In this sociolinguistic study, qualitative interviews were used in examining discursive identity construction among russlanddeutsche Aussiedler. The interview group was composed of russlanddeutsche university students in Germany, differentiating it from much of the previous research. In the analysis, working from a social constructionist perspective, Positioning Theory and Critical Discourse Analytic techniques are used to show how the interviewees 1) construct groups; 2) relate to language; and 3) position themselves in relation to existing discourses in contemporary German society, including instances of resistance to those discourses.
Despite their German ethnicity, Russlanddeutsche are frequently categorized in Germany as ''the Russians.'' In many respects, they have a stigmatized identity in both countries, Russia and Germany, and for this reason represent a particularly interesting group for identity research. Recent publications, most notably Reitemeier (2006a), have made mention of this ''stigmatized identity'' and also of the fact that many Russlanddeutsche possess hybrid identities. These two concepts, stigma and hybridity, are explored throughout the study.


Born in Saskatoon, Canada, Mark Wilkinson studied German and Russian at the University of Saskatchewan and recently completed his Master''s Degree at the University of Waterloo.
A regular visitor to Germany, he has also lived in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. In his free time, Mark plays at the open mic and runs half-marathons.
EAN: 9783836455664
ISBN: 3836455668
Untertitel: Interviews with Russlanddeutsche University Students. Paperback.
Verlag: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2013
Seitenanzahl: 240 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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