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  • 1.
    Fahlgren, Siv
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    An intersectional gender analysis of a Swedish University social work text book: Genusrelationer och förändringsprocesser: Nordisk feminism och genusforskning 2008 Karlstads universitet2008Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 2.
    Fahlgren, Siv
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Maktrelationer och normaliseringsprocesser i välfärdsstaten2005In: Kvinnovetenskaplig tidskrift, ISSN 0348-8365, Vol. 26, no 2/3, p. 95-106Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 3.
    Fahlgren, Siv
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    The power of positioning: On the normalisation of gender, race/ethnicity, nation and class positions in a Swedish social work textbook2011In: Gender and Education, ISSN 0954-0253, E-ISSN 1360-0516, Vol. 23, no 5, p. 535-548Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article presents a feminist reading of a Swedish social work academic textbook as a case study. We use a discourse analytic approach and positioning theory, focusing on author positions through different story lines. The aim is to make visible how differences are created and positions of the author/reader normalised in terms of gender, race/ethnicity and class. The analysis illustrates how the organisation of the book privileges a particular story line by presenting gender research in a special section of the book and as a perspective. A neutral, unmarked author position is assumed, presented as a common 'we' by identifying 'women researchers' and 'feminist' points of departure as different. If the unmarked author/reader 'we' position appears desirable and morally superior, the clients' gender, ethnicity and class are often openly discussed in relation to social problems, positioning them as 'the other'. Finally there is also a story line of more critical and ambivalent knowledge positions.

  • 4.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Spöken av slaveri och svart/afrikansk dispora2007In: Transnationella rum: diaspora, migration och gränsöverskridande relationer, Umeå: Boréa , 2007, p. 385-Chapter in book (Other scientific)
  • 5.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Att koppla drömmar till verkligheten: SYOkonsulenters syn på etnicitet i övergången från grundskolan till gymnasiet2006In: Utbildningens dilemma: Demokratiska ideal och andrafierande praxis, Stockholm: Fritzes, 2006, p. 466-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 6.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Black and Swedish: racialization and the cultural politics of belonging in Stockholm, Sweden2000Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other scientific)
    Abstract [en]

    Black and Swedish: Racialization and the Cultural Politics of Belonging in Stockholm March 2000 Lena S. Sawyer, B.A., MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERSITY M.A., UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ PH.D., UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ Directed by: Professor Carolyn Martin Shaw This dissertation looks at how racial discourses are used in contemporary Swedes'practices of belonging, their sense of their incorporation into Swedish society. I analyze verbal accounts and narratives of people "of African ancestry" living in Stockholm and those positioned in the normative and racially-unmarked category, "Swede." I study concepts of blackness and the uses to which black bodies are put in Swedish debates. Hegemonic ideas about race, nation, and belonging are investigated through attention to how dichotomous categorizations of "black" and "white" and "Swede" and "African" are produced, contested, undermined, and reproduced by individuals of various classes and generations living in Sweden. Research for this dissertation was based on participant observation and interviews with people in Stockholm, Sweden from March 1995 to May 1996. The theoretical approach used relied on an understanding of individuals as active agents in shaping the discourses and narratives through which they give meanings to their lives while, at the same time, having their lives shaped by popular and governmental discourses and practices. Governmental classificatory schemas, especially those which address immigrants and citizens, are potent sites where individuals and groups come to be thought of as and treated as particular kinds of citizens and subjects. I found that one area where these debates are most salient is in people's "re-memberings" of the national past. This is wherethe national past. This is where people strategically invoke specific narratives of time and space (chronotopes) about race to bridge or expand the ideological distance between Sweden and acknowledged spaces of race, such as the United States, South Africa, and World War II Germany. Swedes of African ancestry differently negotiate, and chronotopically "route" calls for community based on the terms "black" (svart) and "African" (Afrikan), invoking ties to Africa, to diasporic black culture (heavily tinged with Black American icons and practices), and to Swedish language and traditions. African dance classes are also a space where hegemonic notions of belonging are negotiated and sometimes inverted. lassifications obscure race as a category, in everyday practices, race is recognized, used, and fiercely debated as a criteria of belonging in Swedish society.

  • 7.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Engendering "Race" in calls for diasporic community in Sweden2008In: Feminist review (Print), ISSN 0141-7789, E-ISSN 1466-4380, no 90, p. 87-105Article in journal (Refereed)
    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').

  • 8.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Makt, vithet och afrikansk dans2006In: Feministiska interventioner: Berättelser om och från en annan värld, Stockholm: Atlas , 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 9.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Racialization, Gender and the Negotiation of Power in Stockholm's African Dance Courses2006In: Globalization and race: transformations in the cultural production of blackness, Durham: Duke University Press, 2006, p. 407-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 10.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Routings: "Race," African Diasporas, and Swedish Belonging2002In: Transforming Anthropology, ISSN 1051-0559, Vol. 11, no 1, p. 13-35Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 11.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Translating Empowerment: the Swedish State and an Immigrant Women's NGO in Stockholm2007In: Unpacking globalization: Markets, gender, and work, Lanham: Lexington Books, 2007, p. 333-Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 12.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Vithet, sexualitet och makt inom afrikansk diasporisk rum2007In: Feministiska interventioner: berättelser om och från en annan värld, Stockholm: Atlas , 2007, p. 393-Chapter in book (Other scientific)
  • 13.
    Sawyer, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Eyoma, Inyang
    Sabuni, Mkyabela
    Afrikaner och svensk arbetsmarknad: en undersökning2001Book (Other scientific)
  • 14.
    Sawyer, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Jones, P
    School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.
    Voices of migrants: Solidarity and resistance2011In: Identity, belonging and migration / [ed] Delanty, G, Wodak, R, Jones, P, Liverpool University Press, 2011, p. 241-260Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The] binary division between resistance and non-resistance is an unreal one. The existence of those who seem not to rebel is a warren of minute, individual, autonomous tactics and strategies which counter and inflect the visible facts of overall domination, and whose purposes and calculations, desires and choices resist any simple division into the political and the apolitical. The schema of a strategy of resistance as a vanguard of politicization needs to be subjected to re-examination, and account must be taken of resistances whose strategy is one of evasion or defence. Colin Gordon on Michel Foucault, cited in Scott 1985: ii Individuals resist the imposition of illegitimate powers in a wide variety of ways. Sometimes this resistance is framed collectively – drawing heavily on notions of solidarity – while at other times it takes on a much more individualized character. After briefly outlining the relationship between resistance and solidarity we suggest that how migrants define resistance is an empirically significant question whose answer should not be taken for granted, as the actual strategies employed by those in positions others seek to impose vary greatly with context. We seek to contextualize this claim by using migrants' discourses to illustrate how strategies for resisting discrimination are played out in various ways. Our aim in doing this is to draw attention to the ‘everyday’ nature that much resistance to oppression takes; a major contention in this chapter is that just as the discrimination faced by migrants is broad, disparate and often elusive, accordingly challenges to illegitimate uses of power are also (necessarily) many and varied.

  • 15.
    Sawyer, Lena
    et al.
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Kamali, MasoudMid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Utbildningens dilemma: Demokratiska ideal och andrafierande praxis : rapport2006Collection (editor) (Other academic)
  • 16. Saxonberg, Steven
    et al.
    Sawyer, Lena
    Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work.
    Uteslutningsmekanismer och etnisk reproduktion inom Akademin2006In: Utbildningens dilemma: Demokratiska ideal och andrafierande praxis : rapport, Stockholm: Fritzes, 2006Chapter in book (Other academic)
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