Saturday, 28 September, 16:30–17:00 (Jakobi 2, Room 107)
Language of presentation: English
University of Tartu, Phd student
ilze.zagorska [ät] ut.ee
Latvian Women in Estonia: Ethnic Identity and Acculturation
The presentation concentrates on studying ethnic identity and acculturation amongst Latvian women living in Estonia. The idea for the research came while teaching Latvian language in the Language Centre at Tartu University. I noticed that there were some students who had Latvian ethnic origin from their mother side, but didn´t know Latvian language. I became interested in the topic – when did those Latvian women come to Estonia, have they learnt Estonian, had they already acculturated to Estonian life etc.?
At the same time, I already knew the younger generation of Latvian women living in Tartu, who had their little children growing up in Estonian environment, but who are teaching their children Latvian language. So I decided to do a research on the topic “Latvian women in Estonia: ethnic identity and acculturation”.
The main aim of the research was to solve three of the following problems:
1. How have Latvian women, who have come to Estonia in different times, adapted to the local life and environment?
2. Do Latvian women, while living in Estonia, feel their Latvian ethnicity and how does it express itself?
3. Whether and how have Latvian women given Latvian heritage to their children (language, customs, holiday celebration etc.) and what is their attitude towards the following generations?
In his presentation I will give more insight into what the test groups looked like and what were the results of the research, but also I will present the main characteristics of ethnic identity and acculturation.
Key Words: Latvians, women, ethnic identity, acculturation, Estonia, cultural environment