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"Concrete bodies".: young Latina women transgressing the boundaries of race and class in white inner-city Stockholm
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (English)In: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X, E-ISSN 1360-0524, Vol. 17, no 2, 151-167 p.Article 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.

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Abingdon: Carfax Publ. Co. , 2010. Vol. 17, no 2, 151-167 p.
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racialization, gender, Latina girls, housing segregation, Sweden
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Social and Economic Geography
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-108911DOI: 10.1080/09663691003600280ISI: 000275840900002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-108911DiVA: diva2:241512
Available from: 2009-10-03 Created: 2009-10-03 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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