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Reserverad demokrati: Representation i ett mångetniskt Sverige
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies. Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2005 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The study explores the complex aspects of representation of “immigrants”, in informal as well as formal contexts. Based on fieldwork, participant observation, individual and focus group interviews carried out in a number of multi-ethnic suburbs throughout Sweden, as well as analysis of political documents and press material, the study explores different ways in which “immigrants” are represented in Swedish society. Issues of political agency are related to the context of dominantly negative representations of “immigrants” in political rhetoric, media and popular discourses.

The study examines dimensions of representation located both “front stage” and “backstage” of Swedish democracy. Party politics, news media and popular culture — all of them important “front stage” sites for the exercise of power — are the three arenas analysed. Th e dynamics of representation, however, also has it own “backstage” contexts, manifested in diverse forms of resistance, including withdrawal and non-voting.

Th e main argument of the study is that Swedish democracy is hierarchically ordered and divided along ethnic lines. Based on the problematic premise that the national community presupposes cultural homogeneity, a mono-cultural hegemony appears on the diff erent arenas studied.

Th e study concludes that it is necessary to scrutinise both the “national imaginations” which legitimise this hegemony and the politics of “diversity management” put forward as a “solution” to the problems of representation confronting democracy in contemporary, multi-ethnic societies.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Boréa , 2005. , 360 p.
Linköping Studies in Arts and Science, ISSN 0282-9800 ; 305
Keyword [en]
Representation, Ethnicity, National Imagination, Swedish Democracy, Racism, Segregation, Politics, Multi-Ethnic Suburbs
Keyword [sv]
Folkrepresentation, Invandrare, Sverige
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-31715Local ID: 17533ISBN: 91-89140-38-9OAI: diva2:252538
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2005-02-25, K1, Kåkenhus, Campus Norrköping, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 10:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2014-09-03Bibliographically approved

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