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A contradiction in terms?: migrant activists in the Sweden Democrats party
Department of Gender Studies, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7098-8611
2019 (English)In: Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power, ISSN 1070-289X, E-ISSN 1547-3384, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 222-240Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Right-wing, xenophobic and racist parties have enjoyed immense successes in Europe in recent decades. In Sweden, the third-largest party in Parliament is the Sweden Democrats (SD), with 13% in the 2014 general election. Sympathy for the SD among foreign-born Swedish citizens, both women and men, is far lower than among Sweden-born men, but an increasing number of Swedish citizens with migrant backgrounds support the party. The aim of this article is to explore the subject positions open for citizens with migrant background in the Swedish public space with special focus on the identities and worldviews developed by migrant activists who have joined the SD party and are, to differing degrees, racialised and perceived as non-Swedish. Using the concept of migrant respectability, this research is intended to understand why and under what circumstances migrants chose to join and represent a xenophobic and racist party.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 26, no 2, p. 222-240
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Migrants, gender, Sweden Democrats, respectability, belonging, racism
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-144870DOI: 10.1080/1070289X.2017.1418275ISI: 000459540100006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-144870DiVA, id: diva2:1180359
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Funding agencies: Vetenskapsradet (Swedish Research Council) [Dnr 2007-7269, Dnr 2016-05186]

Available from: 2018-02-05 Created: 2018-02-05 Last updated: 2019-03-20Bibliographically approved

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