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Am I that Swede?: (Un)comfortable conveniences and shared privileges in ethnographic fieldwork
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2009 (English)In: Feminist research methods: an international conference, 2009Conference 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.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98369OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98369DiVA: diva2:174262
Available from: 2009-02-19 Created: 2009-02-19 Last updated: 2010-11-26Bibliographically approved

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