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Gender, capital and neoliberal politics: The case of Swedish women in the United States
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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.

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Uppsala, 2009.
Keyword [en]
capital, intersectionality, migration, diaspora, class, Sweden, United States
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Sociology
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-99507OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-99507DiVA: diva2:208045
Available from: 2009-03-15 Created: 2009-03-15 Last updated: 2010-11-24Bibliographically approved

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