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In the Shadow of Ethno-Cultural Stereotypes: Gender, Equity and Ethnic relations in Sweden
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Uppsala University.
2011 (English)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 48, no 2, 43-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scientific debates about cultural differences between "Swedes" and migrants/ethnic minorities in Sweden have fuelled stereotypical categorizations and a socio-cultural demarcation between "us" and "them". The authors argue that this development has underpinned constructions of foreignness. In the light of a critical review of the current debate on honour related violence, the authors discuss - inspired by Georg Simmels and Erving Goffmans classic texts on the stranger, the stigma and the construction of foreignness - alternative understandings of culture and politics of belonging with a focus on gender, agency and identity formation. Formation of cultural and ethnic identity should be related, the authors conclude, to a dynamic interplay between the past and the present. Moreover, the social dimension should be highlighted, in order to avoid a stigmatizing culturalism.

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Goeteborgs Universitet , 2011. Vol. 48, no 2, 43-64 p.
Keyword [en]
ethnicity; gender; gender equality; cultural analysis
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-69936ISI: 000291964700003OAI: diva2:433146
Available from: 2011-08-09 Created: 2011-08-08 Last updated: 2011-08-18

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