Fri rørsle for namn? Sjølvetnografiske perspektiv på namnedysfori, identitet og statsborgarskap

Translated title of the contribution: Freedom of movement for names?: Autoethnographic perspectives on onomastic dysphoria, identity, and citizenship

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This article considers affective dimensions of personal names by combining autoethnographic methods with close observation of the use of personal names in identity documents. The article focuses especially on the psychological aspects behind a decision that the author made at a young age to change his first name. Furthermore, it suggests that Carl Rogers’ concept of conditions of worth offers insights into personal naming practices, while the notion of incongruence provides a useful framework for understanding some typical reasons for changing a name. The author proposes onomastic dysphoria as a term to encapsulate the extreme mismatch an individual may experience between their own name and their self-concept. By analysing the bureaucratic implications of the name change and a subsequent naturalisation application, the article makes a case for free movement of names at an international level.
Translated title of the contributionFreedom of movement for names?: Autoethnographic perspectives on onomastic dysphoria, identity, and citizenship
Original languageNorwegian
JournalNordisk tidskrift för socioonomastik / Nordic Journal of Socio-Onomastics
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 7 Feb 2024

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • autoethnography
  • name changes
  • personal names
  • passports
  • identity documents

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