The Role of Language in (Re)creating Tatar Diaspora Identity: The Case of the Estonian Tatars

  • Maarja Klaas University of Tartu

Abstract

This paper focuses on the meanings assigned to Tatar language among the Tatar diaspora in Estonia. According to interviews with Estonian Tatars as well as descriptions of field material from Tatarstan, language is an important aspect of Tatar ethnic identity. This paper will track common discourses about the Tatar language and the way it is connected to Tatar ethnic identity. Issues concerning Tatar language are used to demonstrate various ways of enacting Tatarness in Estonia. It is shown that Estonian Tatars worry about the vitality and purity of Tatar language, but for some, marginalization of dialects is also an issue. People categorized with the same identity labels by self and others can experience and enact their Tatarness in a variety of different ways.

Author Biography

Maarja Klaas, University of Tartu
PhD student in ethnology
Published
2015-06-30
How to Cite
KLAAS, Maarja. The Role of Language in (Re)creating Tatar Diaspora Identity: The Case of the Estonian Tatars. Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics, [S.l.], v. 9, n. 1, p. 3-19, june 2015. ISSN 2228-0987. Available at: <https://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal/article/view/181>. Date accessed: 03 apr. 2020.
Section
Articles

Keywords

Tatars; identity; diaspora; language; Islam