The Legacy of War: Exploring the Intergenerational Experiences of the Veterans’ Grandchildren

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Publication Bachelor thesis
Title The Legacy of War: Exploring the Intergenerational Experiences of the Veterans’ Grandchildren
Author Lind, Anna-Kristina
Date 2019
English abstract
This study explores the what and the how of the experiences of intergenerational effects of war. By drawing from the hermeneutical phenomenological paradigm, and utilizing life course perspective in framing the phenomenon, interesting processes of meaning making emerge. Through sympathizing and empathizing, knowledge seeking, and meaning making, the individuals are seen to connect to the past, present and future generations of Finland as questions of the impact of war and concerns about the stability of society arise. This research contributes to the conversation about the intergenerational effects of war, as experienced three generations after the war. The experiences explored here are characterized by difficult inherited emotions and patterns of behavior that have been passed down from parents and grandparents. However, there is a sense of hope for the future generation as the individuals recognize that they might be the last generation that is affected by the familial and cultural cycles of war trauma.
Publisher Malmö universitet/Kultur och samhälle
Language eng (iso)
Subject Hermeneutical phenomenology
Intergenerational trauma
Post-war Finland
Life course perspective
Meaning making
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/30335 Permalink to this page
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