Kolmapäev, 10. märts 2021 kell 13-14 Join MS Teams
NIINA NUMMELA (Turu Ülikool)
IN-BETWEEN WORLDS – LIMINAL EXPERIENCES OF FINNISH-BORN COSMOPOLITANS
A growing number of individuals identify as cosmopolitans i.e. citizens of the world. They voluntarily move from country to country in pursuit of self-fulfilment in both life and work, and construct a cosmopolitan identity in the process. In this study, we investigate how cosmopolitans manage and deal with conflicting loyalties and restructure their identities over time. We are particularly interested in how a cosmopolitan identity is constructed and maintained on the side of other social identities and whether this results in liminal experiences of cosmopolitans. The empirical data for our research originates from a qualitative study of Finnish-born cosmopolitans conducted in early 2020. Their life course and identities were investigated retrospectively and analysed with the help of social identity maps. This is an ongoing research project and a work-in-progress.