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White migration: Swedish women, racial privileges and gender vulnerabilities.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Department of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
2011 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 18, no 1, 1-20 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines Swedish migrant women to the United States. It asks how racially privileged European migrants adapt to US racial and gender hierarchies that require them to relinquish their economic security and gender autonomy in a neoliberal state? Drawing upon interviews and focus group discussions with 33 Swedish women and three of their spouses, and participant observation between 2006 and 2008 in a network for Swedish speaking women living in the US, the article discusses how a group of ‘white’ migrant women who arrive in the US with an ideology of gender egalitarianism negotiate a more socially conservative and economically vulnerable lifestyle, as the wives (and potential ex-wives) of upper-middle-class men. The article argues that while Swedish women benefit from their racial and social privileges in the US they lose their sense of economic security, acquiring new anxieties that make them reluctant to renounce their Swedish citizenship which they conceive of as a ‘flexible’ resource.

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2011. Vol. 18, no 1, 1-20 p.
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capital, gender, migration, racial inequality, Sweden, United States, whiteness
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-147870OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-147870DiVA: diva2:401028
Available from: 2011-03-01 Created: 2011-03-01 Last updated: 2011-03-07Bibliographically approved

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