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Women With Class: Swedish Migrant Women's Class Positions in the USA
Umeå Centre for Gender Studies, Umeå University, Sweden.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN 0725-6868, E-ISSN 1469-9540, Vol. 31, no 1, 49-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines gender- and nation-specific forms of capital through migration. It focuses on first-generation Swedish women moving to a new social and political landscape in the United States (US), typically from upper- and middle-class environments in Sweden. Their migratory experiences are used as a departure to analyse how former class positions are being re-enacted (or not) in the neo-liberal US. The study, conducted from 2006-2008, is based on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with 33 women and three of their spouses and participant observations in a support group for Swedish-speaking women in the Western region of the US. Using an intersectional analysis, it is suggested that Swedish women are located in contradictory class positions in the US in terms of the loss of social and cultural capital, access to the social democratic welfare state and a dependence on racialised labour in a different social geography. It is argued that the women’s class privileges are shaped, transformed and reproduced through their capacities to re-invest their cultural and embodied forms of capital in marriage and by marking a distance to subordinated groups, often other migrant women, thereby mirroring the unequal relations between (migrating) women in a global arena.

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London: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 31, no 1, 49-63 p.
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Sweden, United States (US), women, capital, migration, intersectionality, class
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Sociology Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-110791DOI: 10.1080/07256860903477688OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-110791DiVA: diva2:278358
Available from: 2009-11-25 Created: 2009-11-25 Last updated: 2011-10-19Bibliographically approved

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