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Lundström, Catrin
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Lundström, C. & Twine, F. W. (2011). White migration: Swedish women, racial privileges and gender vulnerabilities.. The European Journal of Women's Studies, 18(1), 1-20
Open this publication in new window or tab >>White migration: Swedish women, racial privileges and gender vulnerabilities.
2011 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 18, no 1, p. 1-20Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines Swedish migrant women to the United States. It asks how racially privileged European migrants adapt to US racial and gender hierarchies that require them to relinquish their economic security and gender autonomy in a neoliberal state? Drawing upon interviews and focus group discussions with 33 Swedish women and three of their spouses, and participant observation between 2006 and 2008 in a network for Swedish speaking women living in the US, the article discusses how a group of ‘white’ migrant women who arrive in the US with an ideology of gender egalitarianism negotiate a more socially conservative and economically vulnerable lifestyle, as the wives (and potential ex-wives) of upper-middle-class men. The article argues that while Swedish women benefit from their racial and social privileges in the US they lose their sense of economic security, acquiring new anxieties that make them reluctant to renounce their Swedish citizenship which they conceive of as a ‘flexible’ resource.

Keyword
capital, gender, migration, racial inequality, Sweden, United States, whiteness
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147870 (URN)
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2010). "Concrete bodies".: young Latina women transgressing the boundaries of race and class in white inner-city Stockholm. Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 17(2), 151-167
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"Concrete bodies".: young Latina women transgressing the boundaries of race and class in white inner-city Stockholm
2010 (English)In: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X, E-ISSN 1360-0524, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 151-167Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines young Latina women’s interactions in the urban landscape of Stockholm, with a particular focus on white, middle-class areas, and how social difference and racial positioning are produced in and through the processes of urban segregation. Although Stockholm consists of different multiethnic and middle-class white suburbs, a discourse of sharp division between ‘the suburb’ and the inner-city is prevalent in the daily press. Here ‘the suburb’ is either portrayed as dangerous or exotic. This article is based on qualitative research with 29 young Latina women living and attending schools in both the suburban and inner-city areas. This approach facilitates an understanding of how gendered, racialized and classed aspects of segregation are embodied in multiple directions and how mechanisms of spatial exclusion prevail in predominantly white areas - often seen as ‘neutral’ or non-racialized areas. In conclusion, in order to capture the realities of young people’s lives within materialized discourses of race and space, I argue that it is crucial to include white settings in the analysis, and experiences of exclusion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Carfax Publ. Co., 2010
Keyword
racialization, gender, Latina girls, housing segregation, Sweden
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Social and Economic Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108911 (URN)10.1080/09663691003600280 (DOI)000275840900002 ()
Available from: 2009-10-03 Created: 2009-10-03 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2010). Transnationell vithet: Svenska migrantkvinnor i USA och Singapore. Tidskrift för genusvetenskap (1-2), 23-45
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Transnationell vithet: Svenska migrantkvinnor i USA och Singapore
2010 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 1-2, p. 23-45Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines different expressions of whiteness in a transnational context through first-generation Swedish migrant women’s narratives of their white bodies, when moving and re-installing themselves in the altered social, racial and political landscapes of the United States and Singapore. Their specific migratory experiences are used as a departure to analyze the ways in which gender- and nation-specific forms of capital may be converted through migration. The central inquiries in the article are concerned with how Swedish white women experience their bodies, as white migrant bodies, and how embodied privilege move and are being re-invested in two racially different contexts. The study, conducted from 2006-2009, is based on in-depth interviews, focus group discussions with almost 50 women in United States and Singapore, all of them being members of a support group for Swedish-speaking women, and three of their spouses. In addition, I have conducted participant observations in several Swedish-related arenas in the two countries. By looking at how white Swedishness is being re-installed in non-Swedish contexts, the article contextualizes migrating whiteness and contributes with a transnational perspective on whiteness, which carries a potential to destabilize an idea of whiteness as a homogeneous entity. In sum, it is argued that white privileges often remain normalized and invisible for the informants themselves, but while white Swedish femininity is highly valued in the United States, it is represented as a non-normative whiteness in the Singaporean context.

Keyword
Genus, migration, vithet, Sverige, USA, Singapore, kropp
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147865 (URN)
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2011-03-03Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2010). White Ethnography: (Un)comfortable Conveniences and Shared Privileges in Fieldwork with Swedish Migrant Women. NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 18(2), 70-87
Open this publication in new window or tab >>White Ethnography: (Un)comfortable Conveniences and Shared Privileges in Fieldwork with Swedish Migrant Women
2010 (English)In: NORA: Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, ISSN 0803-8740, E-ISSN 1502-394X, Vol. 18, no 2, p. 70-87Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses methodological dilemmas in ethnographic research withfirst-generation Swedish migrant women living in the United States. From a (white) Swedishresearcher perspective, it seeks to disentangle aspects of shared privileges between researcher andparticipants and constructions of white spaces in a non-Swedish context. What does it mean topass as a white, middle-class Swede in research, and how are white privileges being upheld in suchacting? How are class differences equalized when ethnography is conducted outside the nationalclass system where internal hierarchies may be renegotiated? The article argues that the use of“methodological capital” (Gallagher 2000), such as embodied capital and passing strategies thatmight be necessary to reach specific groups of examination, may also reproduce structuralprivileges by not intervening into normative assumptions of race, class, gender, and sexuality.In these circumstances, the article inquires into what can be learned from studying privilegedgroups and, thereby, what may we fail to see.

National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147867 (URN)10.1080/08038741003755467 (DOI)
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2017-12-11Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2010). Women With Class: Swedish Migrant Women's Class Positions in the USA. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 31(1), 49-63
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Women With Class: Swedish Migrant Women's Class Positions in the USA
2010 (English)In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN 0725-6868, E-ISSN 1469-9540, Vol. 31, no 1, p. 49-63Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines gender- and nation-specific forms of capital through migration. It focuses on first-generation Swedish women moving to a new social and political landscape in the United States (US), typically from upper- and middle-class environments in Sweden. Their migratory experiences are used as a departure to analyse how former class positions are being re-enacted (or not) in the neo-liberal US. The study, conducted from 2006-2008, is based on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with 33 women and three of their spouses and participant observations in a support group for Swedish-speaking women in the Western region of the US. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that Swedish women are located in contradictory class positions in the US in terms of the loss of social and cultural capital, access to the social democratic welfare state and a dependence on racialised labour in a different social geography. It is argued that the women’s class privileges are shaped, transformed and reproduced through their capacities to re-invest their cultural and embodied forms of capital in marriage and by marking a distance to subordinated groups, often other migrant women, thereby mirroring the unequal relations between (migrating) women in a global arena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2010
Keyword
Sweden, United States (US), women, capital, migration, intersectionality, class
National Category
Sociology Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-110791 (URN)10.1080/07256860903477688 (DOI)
Available from: 2009-11-25 Created: 2009-11-25 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2009). Am I that Swede?: (Un)comfortable conveniences and shared privileges in ethnographic fieldwork. In: Feminist research methods: an international conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Am I that Swede?: (Un)comfortable conveniences and shared privileges in ethnographic fieldwork
2009 (English)In: Feminist research methods: an international conference, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses methodological dilemmas in a research project focusing on first-generation Swedish women living in the United States. From a white Swedish researcher perspective, the paper seeks to disentangle aspects of shared privileges and cross-cutting differences between researcher and participants in a non-Swedish context. What does it mean to pass as a (white) Swede and how are white privileges being upheld in such acting? How are class differences, in contrast, equalized when ethnography is conducted outside the national social class system, in this case in a non-Swedish setting where internal hierarchies may be re-negotiated? The paper argues that the use of privilege and passing as 'strategic assets' on the one hand often are necessary to reach specific groups of examination, but may on the other hand reproduce structural privileges by not intervening into normative assumptions of race, class and sexuality. In these circumstances, the paper further in  quires into the questions of what we can learn from studying privileged groups and, thereby, what we fail to see.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98369 (URN)
Available from: 2009-02-19 Created: 2009-02-19 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2009). Diasporic revolution: young women reconstructing the history of Latin American politics in Sweden. In: Antipodes: Chile and Sweden under dictatorship and democracy. In honour of Lucy Viedma, Labour movements archives and library, ABF, May 7..
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Diasporic revolution: young women reconstructing the history of Latin American politics in Sweden
2009 (English)In: Antipodes: Chile and Sweden under dictatorship and democracy. In honour of Lucy Viedma, Labour movements archives and library, ABF, May 7., 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper examines how the Latin American political and historical context and consciousness constitutes an important arena for the construction of diasporic identities among young women of Latin American origin in Sweden. Most of the young women are born and/or raised in Sweden with parents who were forced into exile during Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile in the 1970 and 1980s. From interviews and focus group discussions with 16-20 years-old young women in Stockholm 2003-2004, the paper explores how the younger generation in diaspora negotiates their parent’s experiences of military dictatorships and shows how Latin American politics still matter for young women’s interactions and identity-work. In contemporary Sweden, however, the Latin American diaspora, historically characterized by left politics and activism, is mixed with more recent migration from other counties such as Cuba bearing different political histories and ideas. The study shows that political consciousness impacts interrelations between different Latin American national diasporas living in Sweden, often along the lines of previous histories and conflicts. Yet, in a broader landscape of Latin American diasporas across the globe these histories are conflated with new diasporic dialogues.

National Category
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102656 (URN)
Available from: 2009-05-10 Created: 2009-05-10 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2009). Gender, capital and neoliberal politics: The case of Swedish women in the United States. In: Sociologförbundets årsmöte: Makt och motstånd i dagens välfärdsstater. Uppsala
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Gender, capital and neoliberal politics: The case of Swedish women in the United States
2009 (English)In: Sociologförbundets årsmöte: Makt och motstånd i dagens välfärdsstater, Uppsala, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines migrating women’s gender- and nation-specific forms of capital, focusing on first-generation Swedish women moving to the altered social and political landscape of the United States. A majority of the women migrated from middle-class environments in Sweden, and their diasporic experiences are used as a departure to analyze how former class positions are being re-enacted (or not) in the US neo-liberal State. The study is based on in-depth interviews and focus groups discussions with 31 women and three of their spouses, and participant observation in a support group for Swedish-speaking women in the US Western region 2006-2008. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that Swedish women are located in contradictory class positions in the US, related to gendered hierarchies and to the loss of nation-bound social and cultural capital as well as of the Social Democratic welfare State, however with a possibility to hire racialized labor in a different social geography. Class privileges were thus shaped, transformed and reproduced through the women’s capacities to re-invest cultural and embodied forms of capital and in relation to subordinated groups, often other women migrants, thus mirroring the unequal relations between (migrating) women on a global arena.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: , 2009
Keyword
capital, intersectionality, migration, diaspora, class, Sweden, United States
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99507 (URN)
Available from: 2009-03-15 Created: 2009-03-15 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2009). "People take for granted that you know how to dance Salsa and Merengue": Transnational diasporas, Visual discourses and Racialized knowledge in Sweden's Latin Music Boom. Social Identities, 15(5), 707-723
Open this publication in new window or tab >>"People take for granted that you know how to dance Salsa and Merengue": Transnational diasporas, Visual discourses and Racialized knowledge in Sweden's Latin Music Boom
2009 (English)In: Social Identities, ISSN 1350-4630, E-ISSN 1363-0296, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 707-723Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years US-based Latin culture has gained worldwide popularity through artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Ricky Martin. Taking the national context as an emerging vantage point from which to consider globalization processes, this article explores the growing popularity of ‘Latin music’ as a specific contemporary expression of global popular culture and its impact on young Latina women’s everyday lives and identity work in Sweden. Based on interviews and focus group discussions with twenty-nine high school young Latina women between 14-20 years of age, born and/or brought up in Sweden, the article examines how musical arenas and their appeal to hybrid identities are construed in contemporary articulations of commodity cultures and representations. In the particular context of Sweden, the article looks at how young Latina women negotiate popular representations of latinidad through an intentional and unintentional embodiment of these images. It is argued that while visual discourses and representations of popular culture tend to fix young women in preconceived ideas of ethnicity, race and gender, the young women themselves find a myriad of ways of reconstructing stereotyping ideas and creating diasporic links with other Latino/a diasporas, especially in the United States.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Taylor & Francis, 2009
Keyword
Popular culture, youth, latinidad, racialized knowledge, globalization, diaspora, Sweden
National Category
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102657 (URN)
Available from: 2009-05-10 Created: 2009-05-10 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
Lundström, C. (2009). Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science [Review]. Acta Sociologica, 51(1), 85-87
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science
2009 (English)In: Acta Sociologica, ISSN 0001-6993, E-ISSN 1502-3869, Vol. 51, no 1, p. 85-87Article, book review (Other academic) Published
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98359 (URN)
Available from: 2009-02-19 Created: 2009-02-19 Last updated: 2018-06-04Bibliographically approved
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