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Transnationell vithet: Svenska migrantkvinnor i USA och Singapore
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2010 (Swedish)In: Tidskrift för genusvetenskap, ISSN 1654-5443, no 1-2, 23-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines different expressions of whiteness in a transnational context through first-generation Swedish migrant women’s narratives of their white bodies, when moving and re-installing themselves in the altered social, racial and political landscapes of the United States and Singapore. Their specific migratory experiences are used as a departure to analyze the ways in which gender- and nation-specific forms of capital may be converted through migration. The central inquiries in the article are concerned with how Swedish white women experience their bodies, as white migrant bodies, and how embodied privilege move and are being re-invested in two racially different contexts. The study, conducted from 2006-2009, is based on in-depth interviews, focus group discussions with almost 50 women in United States and Singapore, all of them being members of a support group for Swedish-speaking women, and three of their spouses. In addition, I have conducted participant observations in several Swedish-related arenas in the two countries. By looking at how white Swedishness is being re-installed in non-Swedish contexts, the article contextualizes migrating whiteness and contributes with a transnational perspective on whiteness, which carries a potential to destabilize an idea of whiteness as a homogeneous entity. In sum, it is argued that white privileges often remain normalized and invisible for the informants themselves, but while white Swedish femininity is highly valued in the United States, it is represented as a non-normative whiteness in the Singaporean context.

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2010. no 1-2, 23-45 p.
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Genus, migration, vithet, Sverige, USA, Singapore, kropp
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147865OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147865DiVA: diva2:401023
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2011-03-03Bibliographically approved

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