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Engendering "Race" in calls for diasporic community in Sweden
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2008 (English)In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, no 90, 87-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article argues that theorists of black/African diasporas should interrogate the specific ways in which 'race' is used to engage people in diasporic projects, and that such projects are intimately intertwined with specifically gendered, sexualized, and generational class relations and positionalities in specific national contexts and spaces. Attention to these intersections can help us better understand hierarchies of power between and among diasporic individuals and communities. This article focuses on historically specific Swedish meanings of racialized femininities and the different forms of agency women use to negotiate the gendered processes of racialization they encounter in a variety of settings and sources. It draws on interviews and fieldnotes conducted between 1994 and 2007, together with analysis of popular culture (music and radio programmes) and ethnographic material collected by Swedish ethnologist Viveca Motsieloa, and maps out some of the complexities utilized by different generations of Swedish women of African heritage in a changing Swedish landscape of racial formations. Their negotiations show how tensions and differences between 'second-generation' migrants and those of the 'first generation' are expressed through gender, sexuality, and differing understandings of 'race' (and the place of 'racial mixture').

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2008. no 90, 87-105 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-7718DOI: 10.1057/fr.2008.26ISI: 000260924700006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-7718DiVA: diva2:128113
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VR-EducationAvailable from: 2008-12-12 Created: 2008-12-12 Last updated: 2009-11-02Bibliographically approved

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