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Family Identity and Deviations from the Master Narrative in Sweden
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg (SWE).
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, (SWE).
Department of Psychology, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, (SWE).
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology, Pedagogy and Sociology. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2901-0187
2022 (English)In: Identity. An International Journal of Theory and Research, ISSN 1528-3488, E-ISSN 1532-706X, p. 1-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the content of family identity among people in Sweden, a country often portrayed as relatively free from traditional family norms. More specifically, we investigated the types of family-related narratives that individuals shared, narratives of deviation from the master narrative of what was expected and accepted in Swedish society. In addition, the identity centrality of the themes was investigated. The data covered 462 participants, 170 of whom–139 women, 30 men, and one non-binary (M age = 20.11, SD = 4.85)–had family-related narratives. We identified six themes of deviating narratives, of which the family-related narratives had significantly higher identity centrality than did the non-family-related narratives. Not only do the present findings emphasize the importance of family for people’s identities, but they also illustrate the complex and multilayered aspects of family identity. The master narrative discernable in the participants’ narratives of deviation portrays ideals of the happy, white, secular, middle-class, heteronormative nuclear family, even though this does not always correspond to the actual lived situations of families in contemporary Sweden. © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Routledge, 2022. p. 1-18
Keywords [en]
adult; article; female; human; human experiment; major clinical study; male; narrative; nuclear family; Sweden
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-19481DOI: 10.1080/15283488.2022.2146694ISI: 000889645700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85142628115OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-19481DiVA, id: diva2:1721720
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Preparation of this manuscript was supported by a University of Gothenburg Grant-in-Aid 220211 awarded to Fanny Gyberg. 

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