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Authors:Jonathan Ngeh: Department of Sociology, University of Umeå, Sweden
Publication title:Analysis of Racialization in Sweden: The Case of Immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa
Conference:Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007
Publication type: Abstract and Fulltext
Issue:025
Article No.:046
Abstract:Cross border migration can easily result in exclusion when it produces an “undesired” immigrant population. Many scholars exploring this problem in Sweden argue that it is racism. I use the analytical framework for analysing racism by Anthony Marx to shed some light on this argument. This is important because Sweden has a reputation as a champion of equality and it is only recently that claims about racism have surfaced in the country. Anthony Marx views racism as a dynamic process that develops from a combination of institutional/structural forces and the actions of agents. He also considers racism to be historically embedded and tied to developments of the modern nation state. I use his framework to analyze social relations between “native Swedes” and immigrants from Africa. I argue that the discourse of the nation state and the significance of boundary marking have created a sense of belonging in Sweden which portrays immigrants from many non-European countries as the Other. In addition; these immigrants appear to be the exclusive targets of institutionalised practices of exclusion. However; their actions have not yielded a uniform racial identity from below and as such inhibits the consolidation of the process.
Language:English
Year:2007
No. of pages:10
Pages:433-442
Series:Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings
ISSN (print):1650-3686
ISSN (online):1650-3740
File:http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp/025/046/ecp072546.pdf
Available:2007-11-27
Publisher:Linköping University Electronic Press; Linköpings universitet

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Jonathan Ngeh (2007). Analysis of Racialization in Sweden: The Case of Immigrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, Inter: A European Cultural Studies : Conference in Sweden 11–13 June 2007 http://www.ep.liu.se/ecp_article/index.en.aspx?issue=025;article=046 (accessed 11/22/2014)