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Ethnicity, Multiculturalism and the Problem of Culture
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Department of Sociology, University of Umeå, Sweden.
1999 (English)In: European Societies: The Official Journal of the European Sociological Association, ISSN 1461-6696, E-ISSN 1469-8307, Vol. 1, no 1, p. 105-116Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This article discusses the complex meaning of ethnicity and identity in the multicultural society of today with reference to Swedish society. Sweden, a pronouncedly multiethnic society, is today undergoing division along ethnic lines. Social inequalities tend to be understood in terms of cultural difference. This development seems to be characteristic of most European countries. Culture is usually connected with ethnicity and race and understood as pure, as an ‘essence’, as related to some original and eternal ethnic core. In this way important aspects of cultural dynamic in multicultural society are left unobserved. What is usually not recognized are cultural crossings and the emergence of composite identities. Within the framework of multicultural society new cultures, identities and ethnicities are created. Departing from some general features of the dominant discourse on ethnicity, its historical roots and its relations to culture and multicutturalism, I discuss problems of cultural essentialism.

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Routledge, 1999. Vol. 1, no 1, p. 105-116
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45213DOI: 10.1080/14616696.1999.10749927Local ID: 80231OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45213DiVA, id: diva2:266075
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