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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSociology
ISSN0038-0385
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jun 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 5141 Sociology
  • Finland
  • global coloniality
  • migration
  • post-colonialism
  • Russia
  • youth

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Imagining the ‘West’ in the Context of Global Coloniality: The Case of Post-Soviet Youth Migration to Finland. / Krivonos, Daria; Näre, Lena .

In: Sociology, 11.06.2019.

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