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White women. White nation. White cosmopolitanism.: Swedish return migration between the national and the global.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6560-5957
2017 (English)Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Cosmopolitanism is intrinsically associated with the transgression of narrowing national boundaries, performing the function of a ‘globalization from within’. This paper emerges from the concept of white cosmopolitanism, providing a critique of the inherent racial aspects of cosmopolitanism and the ‘cosmopolitan class’, based on the argument that the very language of cosmopolitanism is structured by whiteness and class, granting uninterrupted mobility and a sense of becoming ‘worldly’. The concept captures Swedish white upper-middle-class returning migrant women’s’ sense of being ‘citizens of the world’ including ideas of certain ethics such as ‘tolerance’ and a cultured approach to ‘otherness’. The paper analyses how national boundaries are confined, yet transgressed in the narratives of the ‘Swedish world citizen’. Such process reflects how the reproduction of Swedish nationality acts upon the women’s bodies as representatives of the nation abroad and simultaneously re-inscribing the (white) nation into the global.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Whiteness, white cosmopolitanism, national identity, gender
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Social Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-138714OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-138714DiVA: diva2:1113329
Conference
ACSIS Symposium: Mobilising Cultural Studies.
Available from: 2017-06-21 Created: 2017-06-21 Last updated: 2017-06-21

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