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The end of Swedish exceptionalism? Citizenship, neoliberalism and the politics of exclusion
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2016 (English)In: RACE & CLASS, ISSN 0306-3968, E-ISSN 1741-3125, Vol. 53, no 1, 45-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sweden, where some 20 per cent of the population is either foreign born or second generation, has long been known internationally as the model of a tolerant, egalitarian, multicultural welfare state, which extended substantial citizenship, welfare and labour rights to all within its borders, including immigrants. However, under the twin pressures of neoliberalism and the EU’s commitment to ‘managed migration’, this Swedish exceptionalism has been, and continues to be, substantially eroded. The shortcomings of the earlier multicultural settlement of the 1960s and 1970s, a growing extremist populism, the growth of an unprotected, semi-clandestine sector of the labour market, combined with high levels of youth unemployment and urban segregation, have led to unprecedented rioting and violence in Swedish cities. The voices of minority ethnic youth, many of them Muslim, should be heeded as rejecting the exclusivism of current political trends.

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Uppsala: Uppsala University, Hugo Valentin Centre , 2016. Vol. 53, no 1, 45-64 p.
Keyword [en]
migration, ethnicity, racism, citizenship, urban studies, discrimination, Sweden, neoliberalism, multiculturalism
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Social Anthropology Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128095DOI: 10.1177/0306396811406780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128095DiVA: diva2:928854
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1524
Available from: 2016-05-16 Created: 2016-05-16 Last updated: 2016-06-01Bibliographically approved

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