Imagining the ‘West’ in the Context of Global Coloniality : The Case of Post-Soviet Youth Migration to Finland

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Krivonos , D & Näre , L 2019 , ' Imagining the ‘West’ in the Context of Global Coloniality : The Case of Post-Soviet Youth Migration to Finland ' , Sociology , vol. 53 , no. 6 , pp. 1177–1193 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0038038519853111

Title: Imagining the ‘West’ in the Context of Global Coloniality : The Case of Post-Soviet Youth Migration to Finland
Author: Krivonos, Daria; Näre, Lena
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Sociology
Date: 2019-12-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Sociology
ISSN: 0038-0385
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/307876
Abstract: The article argues that the post-Soviet youth construct their migratory projects as an effort towards social distinction vis-a-vis post-socialist imaginary. We argue that their migration can be understood as a search for distinctiveness and for what is perceived as a ‘better’, that is, more western, lifestyle. Analysing their narratives through the prism of imagination, we demonstrate how young Russian-speakers vision the position of the post-socialist condition within the global coloniality of power and claim their belonging to the western project as educated young people with global cultural capitals. The article brings the case of Russian-speakers’ migration within debates on global coloniality and offers a contribution to the theorising of post-socialist imaginaries in the context of global coloniality and sociological imagination. The analysis is based on a multi-sited ethnographic fieldwork in 2014–2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
Finland
global coloniality
migration
post-colonialism
post-socialism
Russia
youth
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