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Different shades of Whiteness: White migration and re-imaginaries of race, gender and class in the case of first generation Swedish women in the United States
Uppsala University, Humanistisk-samhällsvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (English)In: First ISA Forum of Sociology Sociological Research and Public DebateBarcelona, Spain September 5 - 8, 2008, 2008Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper examines Swedish women's gender- and nation-specific experiences of displacement, focusing constructions of national affinity among a group of expatriate women in a community network for Swedish-speaking women in the altered social and political landscape of the US. Moving from a Swedish Social Democratic society to a US laissez-faire neoliberal political model, migration is used as a departure to analyze how whiteness, class and gender are reinvented across different political contexts. The study is based on in-depth interviews, focus group discussions and participant observation in five local community chapters in the US Western region 2006-2008. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that white Swedish middle-class migrant women in the United States encounter upward as well as downward mobility along the axes of race, gender, class and nationality. These contradictory outcomes are discussed in relation to heterosexual marriage, Swedish gender mythologies, and racialized labor that disentangles the gendered dimensions of white normativity, arguing that racial formations of privilege are shaped, transformed and reproduced in relation to local gender regimes and in interrelation to subordinated groups, thus including global relations between migrant women as a diverse group constituted by class and race cross cutting structures.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-98388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-98388DiVA: diva2:174346
Available from: 2009-02-20 Created: 2009-02-20 Last updated: 2009-03-05Bibliographically approved

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