The end of Swedish exceptionalism? Citizenship, neoliberalism and the politics of exclusion
2016 (English)In: RACE & CLASS, ISSN 0306-3968, E-ISSN 1741-3125, Vol. 53, no 1, 45-64 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Uppsala University, Hugo Valentin Centre , 2016. Vol. 53, no 1, 45-64 p.
migration, ethnicity, racism, citizenship, urban studies, discrimination, Sweden, neoliberalism, multiculturalism
Social Anthropology Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-128095DOI: 10.1177/0306396811406780OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-128095DiVA: diva2:928854
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2006-1524