Emotioner och identitetskonstruktioner genom narrativ - en analys av kvinnliga överlevares erfarenheter från koncentrationsläger

Detta är en Kandidat-uppsats från Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Sammanfattning: The flow of narratives of Holocaust survivors has increased, and so has the importance of studying emotions and identity constructions. The aim of this study is to create a greater understanding of how female survivors describe their time in the concentration camps, mostly the Ravensbrück-camp, using emotions, and how their identity constructions shifts during their stay. The study is situated in the Emotions in IR-context. The theories being used is on emotions and narrative theory, as individuals tend to create and reproduce their identity through narratives. The material which is used in the analysis is 10 unexplored interviews/testimonies from the camps with female survivors. The results that were concluded were that the survivors tended to shift their identity throughout their stay in the camps, mostly from identifying themselves as victims to parts of their original identity. The survivors used emotions such as anger, fear, joy and guilt in order to describe their stay in the camps. Most of them described the brutal violence and oppressions against them and the other prisoners, which might be a way to justify their own position.

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