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Politics of Belonging: A Narrative on Activism in Sweden
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 22, no 4, 330-337 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Intersectionality is commonly used as an analytical tool to bring to light how various social divisions merge to produce a cohesive set of subordination practices, but not as often how the concept can be used in the study of agency. Discussing politics of belonging through cases of urban justice movement in Sweden, the article focuses on intersectionality as a perspective interlinking different dimensions of power with agency; thus the aim is to highlight analytically the interconnection of agency with subordinating power dimensions, creating a basis for resistance. This is illustrated with examples on movements for social justice, opposing racism, sexism, and class oppression. The article discusses their collective mobilization and claims for public voice. Using one activists narrative about how the subjectivity denied to citizens can be recaptured, the author demonstrates how reflexive self-awareness becomes connected to politics of belonging, expressing how the personal becomes political.

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Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 22, no 4, 330-337 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-116782DOI: 10.1080/08038740.2014.965199ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84911942986OAI: diva2:801511

Funding Agencies|250-2013-1547, Swedish Research Council Formas; 721-2013-885, Swedish Research Council Formas

Available from: 2015-04-09 Created: 2015-04-02 Last updated: 2015-04-09

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