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Women friendly? Understanding gendered racism in Sweden

Diana Mulinari

in Gender equality and welfare politics in Scandinavia

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424655
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302407 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424655.003.0010
Women friendly? Understanding gendered racism in Sweden

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This chapter reveals how notions of gender equality in Sweden are used as a central feature of defining boundaries between who belongs to the nation and who does not. It examines the specific experience of a group of migrant women at the crossroads between their transnational communities and the public policies of the Swedish welfare state. The Swedish welfare state has contributed to reinforcing patriarchal relations in migrant communities by emphasising men's roles as spokespersons for the community and by imbuing men with ‘ethnic’ authoritative knowledge. The research shows the ways in which migrant women experience gendered racism through their interaction with the welfare state in their capacity as mothers and uncovers the tension between being conceptualised as both a citizen and an essentialised other. The material emerging from the study grasps a strong ambivalence in the women's relationship with the Swedish welfare state.

Keywords: gender equality; Sweden; migrant women; gendered racism; welfare state

Chapter.  6885 words. 

Subjects: Gender and Sexuality

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