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Diasporic revolution: young women reconstructing the history of Latin American politics in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
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 (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.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-102656OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-102656DiVA: diva2:216568
Available from: 2009-05-10 Created: 2009-05-10 Last updated: 2009-05-15Bibliographically approved

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