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Lundström, Catrin
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Lundström, C. (2010). Women With Class: Swedish Migrant Women's Class Positions in the USA. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 31(1), 49-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Women With Class: Swedish Migrant Women's Class Positions in the USA
2010 (English)In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN 0725-6868, E-ISSN 1469-9540, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 49-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines gender- and nation-specific forms of capital through migration. It focuses on first-generation Swedish women moving to a new social and political landscape in the United States (US), typically from upper- and middle-class environments in Sweden. Their migratory experiences are used as a departure to analyse how former class positions are being re-enacted (or not) in the neo-liberal US. The study, conducted from 2006-2008, is based on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with 33 women and three of their spouses and participant observations in a support group for Swedish-speaking women in the Western region of the US. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that Swedish women are located in contradictory class positions in the US in terms of the loss of social and cultural capital, access to the social democratic welfare state and a dependence on racialised labour in a different social geography. It is argued that the women’s class privileges are shaped, transformed and reproduced through their capacities to re-invest their cultural and embodied forms of capital in marriage and by marking a distance to subordinated groups, often other migrant women, thereby mirroring the unequal relations between (migrating) women in a global arena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2010
Keywords
Sweden, United States (US), women, capital, migration, intersectionality, class
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150758 (URN)10.1080/07256860903477688 (DOI)
Available from: 2009-11-25 Created: 2018-08-30
Lundström, C. (2009). Am I that Swede?: (Un)comfortable conveniences and shared privileges in ethnographic fieldwork. In: Feminist research methods: an international conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Am I that Swede?: (Un)comfortable conveniences and shared privileges in ethnographic fieldwork
2009 (English)In: Feminist research methods: an international conference, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses methodological dilemmas in a research project focusing on first-generation Swedish women living in the United States. From a white Swedish researcher perspective, the paper seeks to disentangle aspects of shared privileges and cross-cutting differences between researcher and participants in a non-Swedish context. What does it mean to pass as a (white) Swede and how are white privileges being upheld in such acting? How are class differences, in contrast, equalized when ethnography is conducted outside the national social class system, in this case in a non-Swedish setting where internal hierarchies may be re-negotiated? The paper argues that the use of privilege and passing as 'strategic assets' on the one hand often are necessary to reach specific groups of examination, but may on the other hand reproduce structural privileges by not intervening into normative assumptions of race, class and sexuality. In these circumstances, the paper further in  quires into the questions of what we can learn from studying privileged groups and, thereby, what we fail to see.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150798 (URN)
Available from: 2009-02-19 Created: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2009). Diasporic revolution: young women reconstructing the history of Latin American politics in Sweden. In: Antipodes: . Paper presented at Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek/ABF-huset: Antipodes – Chile and Sweden under dictatorship and democracy. In honour of Lucy Viedma. 7 Maj, 2009..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diasporic revolution: young women reconstructing the history of Latin American politics in Sweden
2009 (English)In: Antipodes, 2009Conference paper, Oral presentation only (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how the Latin American political and historical context and consciousness constitutes an important arena for the construction of diasporic identities among young women of Latin American origin in Sweden. Most of the young women are born and/or raised in Sweden with parents who were forced into exile during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile in the 1970 and 1980s. From interviews and focus group discussions with 16-20 years-old young women in Stockholm 2003-2004, the paper explores how the younger generation in diaspora negotiates their parent’s experiences of military dictatorships and shows how Latin American politics still matter for young women’s interactions and identity-work. In contemporary Sweden, however, the Latin American diaspora, historically characterized by left politics and activism, is mixed with more recent migration from other counties such as Cuba bearing different political histories and ideas. The study shows that political consciousness impacts interrelations between different Latin American national diasporas living in Sweden, often along the lines of previous histories and conflicts. Yet, in a broader landscape of Latin American diasporas across the globe these histories are conflated with new diasporic dialogues.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150760 (URN)
Conference
Arbetarrörelsens arkiv och bibliotek/ABF-huset: Antipodes – Chile and Sweden under dictatorship and democracy. In honour of Lucy Viedma. 7 Maj, 2009.
Available from: 2009-05-10 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2009). Gender, capital and neoliberal politics: The case of Swedish women in the United States. In: Sociologförbundets årsmöte: Makt och motstånd i dagens välfärdsstater. Paper presented at Sociologförbundets årsmöte. Uppsala
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender, capital and neoliberal politics: The case of Swedish women in the United States
2009 (English)In: Sociologförbundets årsmöte: Makt och motstånd i dagens välfärdsstater, Uppsala, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines migrating women’s gender- and nation-specific forms of capital, focusing on first-generation Swedish women moving to the altered social and political landscape of the United States. A majority of the women migrated from middle-class environments in Sweden, and their diasporic experiences are used as a departure to analyze how former class positions are being re-enacted (or not) in the US neo-liberal State. The study is based on in-depth interviews and focus groups discussions with 31 women and three of their spouses, and participant observation in a support group for Swedish-speaking women in the US Western region 2006-2008. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that Swedish women are located in contradictory class positions in the US, related to gendered hierarchies and to the loss of nation-bound social and cultural capital as well as of the Social Democratic welfare State, however with a possibility to hire racialized labor in a different social geography. Class privileges were thus shaped, transformed and reproduced through the women’s capacities to re-invest cultural and embodied forms of capital and in relation to subordinated groups, often other women migrants, thus mirroring the unequal relations between (migrating) women on a global arena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2009
Keywords
capital, intersectionality, migration, diaspora, class, Sweden, United States
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150761 (URN)
Conference
Sociologförbundets årsmöte
Available from: 2009-03-15 Created: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2009). "People take for granted that you know how to dance Salsa and Merengue": Transnational diasporas, Visual discourses and Racialized knowledge in Sweden's Latin Music Boom. Social Identities, 15(5), 707-723
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"People take for granted that you know how to dance Salsa and Merengue": Transnational diasporas, Visual discourses and Racialized knowledge in Sweden's Latin Music Boom
2009 (English)In: Social Identities, ISSN 1350-4630, E-ISSN 1363-0296, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 707-723Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years US-based Latin culture has gained worldwide popularity through artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Ricky Martin. Taking the national context as an emerging vantage point from which to consider globalization processes, this article explores the growing popularity of ‘Latin music’ as a specific contemporary expression of global popular culture and its impact on young Latina women’s everyday lives and identity work in Sweden. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with twenty-nine high school young Latina women between 14-20 years of age, born and/or brought up in Sweden, the article examines how musical arenas and their appeal to hybrid identities are construed in contemporary articulations of commodity cultures and representations. In the particular context of Sweden, the article looks at how young Latina women negotiate popular representations of latinidad through an intentional and unintentional embodiment of these images. It is argued that while visual discourses and representations of popular culture tend to fix young women in preconceived ideas of ethnicity, race and gender, the young women themselves find a myriad of ways of reconstructing stereotyping ideas and creating diasporic links with other Latino/a diasporas, especially in the United States.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2009
Keywords
Popular culture, youth, latinidad, racialized knowledge, globalization, diaspora, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150763 (URN)
Available from: 2009-05-10 Created: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2009). Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science [Review]. Acta Sociologica, 51(1), 85-87
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science
2009 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 85-87Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150764 (URN)
Available from: 2009-02-19 Created: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2009). Women with class: Swedish migrant women re-enacting class privileges in the United States. In: American Sociological Association: The new politics of community.. Paper presented at T104th ASA annual meeting. August 8-11, 2009. San Francisco, California.. American Sociological Association
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Women with class: Swedish migrant women re-enacting class privileges in the United States
2009 (English)In: American Sociological Association: The new politics of community., American Sociological Association , 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
American Sociological Association, 2009
National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150769 (URN)
Conference
T104th ASA annual meeting. August 8-11, 2009. San Francisco, California.
Available from: 2009-08-16 Created: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2008). Different shades of Whiteness: White migration and re-imaginaries of race, gender and class in the case of first generation Swedish women in the United States. In: First ISA Forum of Sociology Sociological Research and Public Debate: . Paper presented at ISA Forum of Sociology, Barcelona, Spain, September 5-8, 2008.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Different shades of Whiteness: White migration and re-imaginaries of race, gender and class in the case of first generation Swedish women in the United States
2008 (English)In: First ISA Forum of Sociology Sociological Research and Public Debate, 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines Swedish women's gender- and nation-specific experiences of displacement, focusing constructions of national affinity among a group of expatriate women in a community network for Swedish-speaking women in the altered social and political landscape of the US. Moving from a Swedish Social Democratic society to a US laissez-faire neoliberal political model, migration is used as a departure to analyze how whiteness, class and gender are reinvented across different political contexts. The study is based on in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation in five local community chapters in the US Western region 2006-2008. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that white Swedish middle-class migrant women in the United States encounter upward as well as downward mobility along the axes of race, gender, class and nationality. These contradictory outcomes are discussed in relation to heterosexual marriage, Swedish gender mythologies, and racialized labor that disentangles the gendered dimensions of white normativity, arguing that racial formations of privilege are shaped, transformed and reproduced in relation to local gender regimes and in interrelation to subordinated groups, thus including global relations between migrant women as a diverse group constituted by class and race cross cutting structures.

Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150770 (URN)
Conference
ISA Forum of Sociology, Barcelona, Spain, September 5-8, 2008
Available from: 2009-02-20 Created: 2018-08-31 Last updated: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. & Tornhill, S. (2008). Om mikrolånen. Arena (4), 22-23
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om mikrolånen
2008 (Swedish)In: Arena, ISSN 1652-0556, no 4, p. 22-23Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
National Category
Economics and Business
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150806 (URN)
Available from: 2009-02-19 Created: 2018-08-31
Lundström, C. (2008). People take for granted that you can dance Salsa and Merengue: Transnational Diasporas, Visual Discourses, and Racialized Knowledge in the Contemporary Latin Music Boom in Sweden. In: Internationell migration - utmaningar och möjligheter: ett interdisciplinärt samtal. Stockholm: Stockholms universitet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>People take for granted that you can dance Salsa and Merengue: Transnational Diasporas, Visual Discourses, and Racialized Knowledge in the Contemporary Latin Music Boom in Sweden
2008 (English)In: Internationell migration - utmaningar och möjligheter: ett interdisciplinärt samtal, Stockholm: Stockholms universitet , 2008Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

During recent years US based Latin popular culture has gained worldwide popularity through artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Ricky Martin. Taking the national context as an emerging vantage point from which to consider globalization processes, the paper explores the growing popularity of the Latin music boom as a specific contemporary expression of global popular culture and its impact on young Latina women's everyday lives and identity work in Sweden. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with twenty-nine high school Latina girls, 14-20 years of age, born and/or raised in Sweden, it is examined how music arenas and its appeal to hybrid identities are to be construed when we reflect critically upon the contemporary articulations of commodity cultures and representations. In the particular context of Sweden, the paper inquires into how young Latina women's negotiate popular representations of Latinidad through intentional as well as unintentional embodiment of these images. It is argued that while visual discourses and representations in popular culture tend to fix young women in preconceived ideas of ethnicity and race, the young women themselves find myriad ways to reconstruct stereotyping ideas and build diasporic links to other Latino/a diasporas, especially in the US.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholms universitet, 2008
Keywords
popular culture, youth, Latinidad, Jennifer Lopez, globalization, diaspora, Sweden.
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-150807 (URN)
Available from: 2009-03-18 Created: 2018-08-31
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