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Reimagineering the Nation

Essays on Twenty-First-Century Sweden


Edited By Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Anders Neergaard

This collection of essays offers a critical analysis of neoliberal transformation as it has unfolded in Sweden, long regarded as exemplary in terms of social welfare, equality and an inclusive multicultural democracy. The book presents a multidisciplinary exposition on Sweden, seen in a wider European perspective. It addresses changing frameworks of citizenship, welfare and democracy, migration and asylum, urban segregation and labour market segmentation and processes of securitization. It illuminates intersecting dimensions of class, gender and racialization and juxtaposes xenophobic populism with new social justice and antiracist movements on a changing political stage. Addressing a growing alignment with retrogressive illiberal policies across Europe, the volume exposes the reach of the adverse direction in which European «integration» is currently heading.

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Author Bioses


Aleksandra Ålund is professor at REMESO, The Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society at Linköping University. She has published widely in Swedish, English and other languages on international migration and ethnicity, identity, culture, gender, youth and social movements.

Magnus Dahlstedt is professor in Social Work at Linköping University. His main research interest concerns constructions of citizenship in the multi-ethnic society with a particular focus on struggles over boundaries of citizenship.

Anna Gavanas is associate professor at Remeso/ Linköping University. Her research covers migration, policy anthropology, gender studies, welfare states, working life and labour studies. Areas of specialization are, among other, domestic services in the EU, privatization of elderly care as well as U.S. fatherhood politics.

Randi Gressgård is professor at Centre for Women’s and Gender Research (SKOK), and affiliated with the research unit International Migration and Ethnic Relations (IMER), University of Bergen. Her research interests include migration and minority studies, gender and sexuality studies, and urban studies.

Lisa Kings is senior lecturer at Södertörn University, Sweden. Her research and publications, nationally and internationally, in Swedish and English, are focused on issues on urban theory, social movements, social justice, civil society organization and everyday life.

Åsa Lundqvist is professor in Sociology, Department of Sociology, Lund University. Her main research interests include feminist analysis of the history of the welfare state and welfare policies, especially labour market regulation and family policies.

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