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Jonsson, S. (2020). A society which is not: Political emergence and migrant agency. Current Sociology, 1-19
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A society which is not: Political emergence and migrant agency
2020 (English)In: Current Sociology, ISSN 0011-3921, E-ISSN 1461-7064, p. 1-19Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

This essay represents an effort to rethink the relationship between political emergence and migrant agency. This undertaking has a theoretical motivation. Mainstream human and social sciences seem to be at an impasse because of their structural inability to interpret and explain systemic crises and contradictions. While this is a topic far too complex to be dealt with in a brief essay, the following pages will explore three expressions of this impasse. First, the social sciences often analyse migration without acknowledging its profound political implications. Second, European history and sociology rarely recognize histories of imperial dominance and anticolonial resistance as intrinsic to European history and society. Third, mainstream social and political theories often ignore the structural significance of collective protests and resistance movements for the realization of democracy. The article frames the analysis of these problems via two different theoretical contexts in which we can observe ongoing conceptual or methodological shifts or ‘turns’ that respond to the said impasse. In studies of democracy and citizenship there has thus been a clear turn toward ‘borders’. In migration studies, there is a corresponding turn toward ‘agency’. By analysing the interconnections between these theoretical contexts the article suggests ways of resolving the three problems at hand. It starts by examining the first one, or the inability to acknowledge the profound political implications of migration. This discussion will then offer an approach to the other two, concerning the legacies of colonialism and the significance of political agency and protest.

Abstract [fr]

Résumé

Cet essai représente un effort pour repenser la relation entre migration et politique. La motivation d’un tel essai est théorique. Les sciences humaines et sociales classiques semblent se trouver dans une impasse en raison de leur incapacité structurelle à interpréter et à expliquer les crises et les contradictions systémiques. Bien que ce sujet soit beaucoup trop complexe pour être traité dans un bref essai, les pages suivantes explorent trois expressions de cette impasse. Premièrement, les sciences sociales analysent souvent la migration sans reconnaître ses profondes implications politiques. Deuxièmement, l’histoire et la sociologie européennes reconnaissent rarement les histoires de domination impériale et de résistance anticoloniale comme étant intrinsèques à l’histoire et à la société européennes. Troisièmement, les théories sociales et politiques traditionnelles ignorent souvent la portée structurelle des manifestations collectives et des mouvements de résistance pour la réalisation de la démocratie. Je vais articuler mon analyse de ces problèmes selon deux contextes théoriques différents dans lesquels nous pouvons observer des changements conceptuels ou méthodologiques en cours ou des « tournants » qui répondent à cette impasse. Dans les études sur la démocratie et la citoyenneté, on s’est donc clairement tourné vers les « frontières ». Dans les études sur les migrations, on assiste à un virage correspondant à « l’agence ». En analysant les interconnexions entre ces contextes théoriques, j’espère suggérer des moyens de résoudre les trois problèmes actuels. Je commence par examiner le premier, ou l’incapacité de reconnaître les profondes implications politiques de la migration. Cette discussion offrira ensuite une approche aux deux autres, concernant les héritages du colonialisme et la signification de la volonté politique et de la protestation.

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Este ensayo presenta un intento de repensar teóricamente la relación entre migración y política. Las corrientes dominantes en ciencias humanas y sociales parecen encontrarse en un callejón sin salida por su incapacidad estructural para interpretar y explicar las crisis sistémicas y sus contradicciones. Aunque se trata de un tema demasiado complejo para ser tratado en un ensayo breve, las siguientes páginas explorarán tres expresiones de la misma coyuntura. En primer lugar, las ciencias sociales suelen estudiar el fenómeno migratorio sin reconocer sus profundas implicaciones políticas. Segundo, la historia y la sociología europeas no acostumbran a tener en cuenta la historia de la dominación imperial y las resistencias anticoloniales como intrínsecas a la historia y la sociedad europeas. En tercer lugar, los enfoques hegemónicos de las teorías sociales y políticas tienden a ignorar la importancia estructural de las protestas colectivas y los movimientos de resistencia en la realización de la democracia. Enmarcaremos el análisis de estos problemas en dos contextos teóricos diferentes para observar los cambios o ‘giros’ conceptuales y metodológicos en curso. Los estudios sobre democracia y ciudadanía han sufrido un claro giro hacia las ‘fronteras’. En los estudios sobre migraciones se constata el consiguiente giro hacia la noción de ‘agencia’. Analizando las conexiones entre estos contextos teóricos sugeriré varias vías para resolver estos tres problemas. Comenzaré examinando la primera, consistente en la incapacidad de comprensión de las profundas implicaciones políticas de la migración. Esta discusión conduce a las otras dos vías, relativas al legado del colonialismo y el sentido de la agencia política y la protesta.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2020
Keywords
Agency, borders, border practice, colonialism, human rights, migration, social movements, Agence, colonialisme, droits humains, frontières, migration, mouvements sociaux, pratique des frontières, Agencia, colonialismo, derechos humanos, fronteras, migración, movimientos sociales, práctica fronteriza
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations Sociology Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163430 (URN)10.1177/0011392119886863 (DOI)000509643600001 ()2-s2.0-85078488205 (Scopus ID)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01964
Available from: 2020-02-04 Created: 2020-02-04 Last updated: 2020-03-12Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. (2020). Bilden från Vita huset uttrycker en helvärldsordning. Dagens Nyheter (15 mars), pp. 16-18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Bilden från Vita huset uttrycker en helvärldsordning
2020 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, no 15 mars, p. 16-18Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

I den berömda bilden från The Situation Room 2011 finns en maximal spänning mellan vad som visas och vad som döljs. Är det upplysta politiker eller iskalla bödlar vi ser på bilden från Vita huset? Stefan Jonsson om fotografiet som vapen. soldater som står vakt utanför bygganden. ”Bäst att ni går hem. Det pågår en säkerhetsövning”, säger den civilklädde Ahmed på perfekt pashto.Strax därpå hörs en av soldaterna över radion: ”För Gud och fosterland – Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.” (For God and Country – Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo.) Han gör ett kort uppehåll och tillfogar: ”Geronimo E. K. I. A.” (Enemy Killed In Action).”Vi fick honom”, säger president Obama när han hör signalen. ”We got him.”Du stirrar. Du stirrar på några välklädda människor i en trång kontorslokal vilka i sin tur stirrar på en bildskärm. Bortsett från förberedda kommunikéer är fotografiet, som är taget av Vita husets officiella fotograf Pete Souza och har fått titeln The Situation Room, alltjämt den enda do-kumentation som offentliggjorts från Operation Neptunspjut.I detta enda fotografi finns en maximal spän-”Vi fickhonom”,säger presi-dent Obama när han hörsignalen.”We got him.”

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: , 2020
Keywords
Globalisering, krig, globala, studier, terrorism, kolonialism
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Cultural Studies International Migration and Ethnic Relations Globalisation Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-165687 (URN)
Available from: 2020-05-12 Created: 2020-05-12 Last updated: 2020-05-19Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. (2020). Den som står i historisk skuld är inte fri: Recension av Göran Collste, Björn Sandmark, Catherine Hall & Nicholas Draper. Dagens Nyheter (1 mars), pp. 16-17
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Den som står i historisk skuld är inte fri: Recension av Göran Collste, Björn Sandmark, Catherine Hall & Nicholas Draper
2020 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, no 1 mars, p. 16-17Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

Finns det en vit skuld för kolonialismen – och vad gör vi i så fall åt det? Kraven på kompensation och gottgörelse för mänskligt lidande, stulna rikedomar och konstskatter blir allt tydligare. Stefan Jonsson läser tre inträngande böcker om en sårig internationell debatt. ingar är beredda att ta rättsligt ansvar för sina föregångares fel. Varför ska det demokratiska Portugal betala för det som skedde i den portu­gisiska diktaturens kolonier? På denna punkt är återigen Tyskland det goda motexemplet.”Jag hade varit med och delat rovet, alltså mås­te jag vara med och ta ansvaret,” skriver Sven Lindqvist i en av sina böcker. Collstes grund­tanke är ungefär densamma: Om det drabbade samhället alltjämt lider av förtryckets sviter och förövarnas arvingar njuter dess fördelar, finns skäl till gottgörelse. Det behöver inte alltid vara fråga om ekonomisk kompensation. Det kan också handla om försoningsprocesser av olika slag. Monument över förtryckets representanter bör tas ner eller definieras om. Nya museer bör skapas över dem som gjorde motstånd och du­kade under. Statschefer bör be om förlåtelse för sina föregångares gärningar. I bästa fall överförs också resurser till de drabbade. I augusti 2019 undertecknade Glasgow Univer­sity samarbetsavtal med University of the West Indies i Jamaica samt återbetalade motsvarande 250 miljoner kronor. Bakgrunden var att histo­riker räknat ut att universitetets direkta intäkter Det tog 182 år att kom­pensera de brittiska slav­ägarna och deras arving­ar. Hur länge ska det då ta att återgälda de förslavade och deras ättlingar?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dagens Nyheter, 2020
Keywords
Kolonialism, slaveri, histiorisk skuld, gottgörelse, rättvisa global etik, kompensation
National Category
History International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-165686 (URN)
Available from: 2020-05-12 Created: 2020-05-12 Last updated: 2020-05-19Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. (2019). 5 saker konsten vet om demokratin. Dagens Nyheter (5/1), pp. 8-9
Open this publication in new window or tab >>5 saker konsten vet om demokratin
2019 (Swedish)In: Dagens Nyheter, ISSN 1101-2447, no 5/1, p. 8-9Article in journal, News item (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.)) Published
Abstract [sv]

I konstverket bryts en estetiskt gestaltad erfarenhet mot det system - politiskt, religiöst, socialt, ekonomiskt - som begränsar denna erfarenhet. Oavsett vilken människa det gäller, oavsett vilket system som står emot henne, och oavsett vem som går segrande ur sammanstötningen (dess värre är det oftast systemet), så förmår konstverket att ur situationen utvinna alternativa möjligheter, som förmedlas till nuet och till kommande generationer. Konstens demokratiska dimension består i förmågan att med det estetiska blåsa liv i den politiska fantasin, och därmed stå emot fascismen. Den övar läsaren i att möta världen och medmänniskorna som ett fritt subjekt med ansvar för sina handlingar, och visar att mötet rymmer ett löfte om gemensam lycka.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Dagens Nyheter, 2019
Keywords
konst, demokrati, estetik, politik, gränser, protest
National Category
Humanities and the Arts Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-163586 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01964
Note

Populärvetenskapligt sammanfattande essä om forskningsprojekt i Dagens Nyheter

Available from: 2020-02-14 Created: 2020-02-14 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. (2019). Un soulèvement de toutes les couleurs: Notes sur les Gilets jaunes. Mouvements – des idées et des luttes (100), 57-58
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Un soulèvement de toutes les couleurs: Notes sur les Gilets jaunes
2019 (French)In: Mouvements – des idées et des luttes, ISSN 1291-6412, no 100, p. 57-58Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [fr]

Quels espoirs suscitent les Gilets jaunes pour le reste de l’Europe ou pour la société mondiale ? En tant qu’observateur de la périphérie nord du continent, je pose la question suivante : s’agit-il d’un épisode de plus dans l’histoire du militantisme populaire français qui, depuis 1789, a inspiré un radicalisme des pauvres tout comme il a inoculé la peur chez les riches ? Ou bien la séquence de ces protestations, acte par acte, samedi après samedi depuis près d’un an maintenant, marque-t-elle une urgence sociale et l’émergence d’une nouvelle forme politique ?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Paris: La Découverte, 2019
Keywords
Social movements, France, Protest movements, Class struggle, Yellow vests
National Category
Other Humanities not elsewhere specified International Migration and Ethnic Relations Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology) Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-162405 (URN)10.3917/mouv.100.0057 (DOI)
Projects
Monstrous events. Aesthetic dimensions of collective protest
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, P17-0532:1
Available from: 2019-12-01 Created: 2019-12-01 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. & Hansen, P. (2018). Eurafrica: History of European Integration, ‘Compromise’ of Decolonization. Europe Now. A Journal of Research and Art (online) (15)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Eurafrica: History of European Integration, ‘Compromise’ of Decolonization
2018 (English)In: Europe Now. A Journal of Research and Art (online), no 15Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The relationship between the history of European integration and the history of colonialism is best understood through a compelling geopolitical entity once known as Eurafrica. As we have shown in a recent book by that title, most efforts to unify Europe from 1920 to 1960 systematically coincided with efforts to develop and stabilize the colonial system in Africa. Eurafrica was also the name of the “compromise” of decolonization. It was the mediating institutional formation through which Africa and Europe exited the colonial era and entered a new world order where, just as the founders of the EEC had intended, their unequal relationship essentially remained unchanged. Today, even as the Eurafrican project is largely forgotten, the content of current EU policymaking towards its African “partner” demonstrates that its influence persists under the surface. The only way to comprehend the deep structures of current EU–African relations is to bring this history to life again, or at least bring it into the history books.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Council of European Studies/Columbia University, 2018
Keywords
Europeisk integration, Europeiska unionen, kolonialism, Afrika, migration
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations History Globalisation Studies Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148045 (URN)
Note

EuropeNow is an online monthly journal, with a blog that publishes weekly. It features research, criticism, and journalism on Europe alongside literary nonfiction, fiction, poetry, translations, and visual art from or concerning Europe. EuropeNow‘s contributors are established and emerging academics, artists, authors, and journalists from a wide range of countries, while the editorial staff and committee similarly consist of both experienced and emerging editors. EuropeNow is published by the Council for European Studies (CES) at Columbia University, a non-profit organization that recognizes outstanding, multi-disciplinary research on Europe through a wide range of programs and initiatives.

Available from: 2018-05-28 Created: 2018-05-28 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. & Hansen, P. (2018). European Integration as a Colonial Project (1ed.). In: Olivia U. Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam (Ed.), Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics: (pp. 32-47). London: Routledge
Open this publication in new window or tab >>European Integration as a Colonial Project
2018 (English)In: Routledge Handbook of Postcolonial Politics / [ed] Olivia U. Rutazibwa and Robbie Shilliam, London: Routledge, 2018, 1, p. 32-47Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

For a long time, studies of colonialism and imperialism focused primarily on once colonised societies where the traces and consequences of colonialism lay immediately open to anyone’s experience. In recent decades, and much due to postcolonial scholarship, which has disclosed that colonising societies were just as much influenced by colonialism as the colonised ones, there has also emerged an impressive body of research that traces colonialism’s influence on the national cultures and histories of a number of European states, and not just those that had explicit colonial ambitions. This research testifies to the fact that colonialism lingers on as a touchy and salient issue in national imaginaries and cultural identities, as well as in national high politics. Meanwhile, the urgency of a series of contemporary developments and projects should challenge research also to go beyond the methodological nationalism or, better, methodological colonial statism often inherent in such studies.In this chapter we attend to the ‘the European project’, or more specifically the project of European integration. Challenging received ideas in scholarship, we suggest a new point of departure for the analysis of the relation between Europe and Africa in the interwar and postwar eras. By demonstrating that the early European integration that culminated in the Treaty of Rome in 1957 in fact was a colonial enterprise that incorporated all the member states’ colonies within its institutional framework, we also point to the crucial implications that this has had for postcolonial relations between what is today the European Union and the former colonies in Africa.In reconceiving historical European integration as a colonial project, we also discuss the implications of this for contemporary conceptions of European integration. Provided that European integration in the postwar period to a large extent revolved around matters of trade, the EEC being a ‘customs union’, our intuition should tell us that such a project ought to have been deeply concerned with colonial affairs, particularly because the future of the French empire and its trading bloc seemed to hinge on France’s ability to preserve and consolidate its colonial economy. It should be equally safe to assume that the general political and geopolitical situation of the latter part of the 1940s and the 1950s, so profoundly marked by colonial crises and colonial wars, should have left a strong imprint on the various initiatives to bolster postwar Western European cooperation. To imagine that these circumstances did not affect European integration would be as counterintuitive as to imagine European integration to have been unaffected by the Cold War. Yet, this is how things are portrayed in just about all of today’s standard histories of European integration (see further Hansen and Jonsson 2014a). As a third and final task, then, the chapter seeks to clarify this puzzle and lacuna, focusing, inter alia, on the need to rethink the concepts and remodel the interpretive frames within which the history of European integration traditionally has been understood and explained.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2018 Edition: 1
Series
Routledge Handbooks
Keywords
Postcolonial Africa, Postcolonial Europe, Colonialism, European Integration, Eurafrica, International relations, Europe, Africa
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Globalisation Studies Cultural Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148048 (URN)9781138944596 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-05-28 Created: 2018-05-28 Last updated: 2018-06-08Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. (2018). Förord. In: Joseph Roth, Radetzkymarschen: (pp. 5-12). Stockholm: Lind & Co
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Förord
2018 (Swedish)In: Joseph Roth, Radetzkymarschen, Stockholm: Lind & Co , 2018, p. 5-12Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Lind & Co, 2018
Keywords
Habsburg, Österrike-Ungern, Dubbelmonarkin, Första världskriget, nationalism, imperialism, litteratur och politik, historisk roman
National Category
General Literature Studies International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144476 (URN)978-91-7779-152-2 (ISBN)
Note

Förord av Stefan Jonsson till nyutgåva av Joseph Roth, Radetzkymarschen [Radetzkymarsch], roman, i översättning av Hugo Hultenberg.

Available from: 2018-01-23 Created: 2018-01-23 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved
Jonsson, S. (2018). Måsarna, monstren och 1968: Till protestens poetik. Ord och bild (2–3), 11-22
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Måsarna, monstren och 1968: Till protestens poetik
2018 (Swedish)In: Ord och bild, ISSN 0030-4492, E-ISSN 1402-2508, no 2–3, p. 11-22Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [sv]

Gängse historieskrivning behandlar kollektiva protester som länkar i den politiska demokratins historia i mer snäv bemärkelse. Protesten är här ett skiljetecken i en löpande text om hur olika representationsformer inrättas och förändras: rösträtten, partierna, de sociala rörelserna, de lagstiftande församlingarna samt alla andra organisationer, institutioner och instrument varigenom folksuveränen eftersökt ”klädnaden” som ”smiter åt tätt kring folkets kropp”, som Camille Desmoulins säger i Büchners drama Dantons död. Problemet är att historieskrivningen ägnat sig nästan helt åt klädnaden, de politiska formerna. Bara undantagsvis har vi intresserat oss för kroppen, den oformliga, föränderliga och av miljontals lemmar bestående begärsorganism med sitt stora överskott av ”massa”, som bara låter sig representeras partiellt, eller inte alls.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg, Sweden: Ord&Bild/ Nätverkstan, 2018
Keywords
Protest, sociala rörelser i konst och litteratur, 1968, politik och estetik
National Category
Cultural Studies Other Humanities not elsewhere specified History of Ideas
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-148050 (URN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council, 2017-01964
Available from: 2018-05-28 Created: 2018-05-28 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved
(2018). Om Anna Ådahls Massor. Sundbyberg: Marabouparken
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Om Anna Ådahls Massor
2018 (Swedish)Artistic output (Unrefereed)
Alternative title[en]
On Anna Ådahl's Crowds
Abstract [en]

Anna Ådahl 2018 av Stefan Jonsson (ENG) 180415 rev SJ.docPage 1of 5Stefan JonssonOnAnna Ådahl’s CrowdsFew things areasbewitchingas the sight of large crowds in motion. Consider the flock of swallows, tens of thousands of birds in perfect coordination,forminga dancing cloud.Considerthe opening of the Olympic Games, a military paradein China or the crowdmaking its way acrossSergel’s torg in Stockholm during rush hour. Look at the colony of ants, the start of the long distance cross-country ski raceVasaloppet, a herd of cattle or the procession of demonstratorsthat stretches for miles in front of and behind you. Anna Ådahl often takes such perspectives. She entersthe metroand seeks a viewpoint with an overview. Then she resolutely places herself or her stand-in in the flow and creates a dam....

Place, publisher, year, pages
Sundbyberg: Marabouparken, 2018. p. 5
Keywords
Crowds, Masses, Surveillance, Revolt, Collective, Social movements in art
National Category
Visual Arts Other Humanities not elsewhere specified
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-151293 (URN)
Available from: 2018-09-16 Created: 2018-09-16 Last updated: 2018-09-19Bibliographically approved
Projects
Narratives of Europe: Perspectives from its North- [A004-2011_OSS]; Södertörn University
Organisations
Identifiers
ORCID iD: ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0003-2007-3736

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