"Would I Have Been Better Off There?" Comparison, Need, and Conduciveness in Finnish Emigrant’s Account

  • Ulrika Wolf-Knuts Åbo Akademi University

Abstract

Processes of comparison are central when we make our decisive choices of ways of living. This article is based on an interview with an immigrant who negotiates with himself over why he went away from Finland and why he stayed in South Africa. His line of argument can be analysed using Abraham Maslow’s theory of human motivation. Conduciveness turns out to be his main motivation, and comparison is, implicitly or explicitly, a tool for verbalising this conduciveness. 

Author Biography

Ulrika Wolf-Knuts, Åbo Akademi University
Professor Emeritus of FolkloristicsÅbo Akademi University, Finland
Published
2014-04-01
How to Cite
WOLF-KNUTS, Ulrika. "Would I Have Been Better Off There?" Comparison, Need, and Conduciveness in Finnish Emigrant’s Account. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 3-22, apr. 2014. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/138>. Date accessed: 23 sep. 2021.
Section
Articles

Keywords

emigration; comparison; conduciveness; negotiation; South Africa