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Mixed Race and Ethnicity in Sweden: A Sociological Analysis
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Sociology.
2020 (English)In: Palgrave International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification / [ed] Zarine L. Rocha & Peter J. Aspinall, Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, p. 389-404Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This article seeks to cast light on the creation of mixed race and mixed ethnicity identities and the conceptualization of being different in Sweden. A characteristic feature of Swedish society is that racial heterogeneity is only measured in terms of mixing with Swedes. What makes ‘mixed race’ a separate category in Sweden is the assumed extent of the integration into Swedish society of those designated in this manner, along with the intermediate position they hold in the social hierarchy between the normative whiteness of Swedes and the constructed blackness of immigrants and their descendants. Such notions as ‘multiracial’ or ‘biracial’, which are accepted in British and American sociology, do not adequately reflect the Swedish realities since they are neither the precise categories around which Swedes of heterogeneous origin build their own identity, nor the categories yet utilized by researchers and institutions. This study shows that mixed identity in Sweden is largely understood as ‘mixed with the majority population’ and therefore well-integrated. This contrasts with the perspective of the ‘ethnic groups’ that are being mixed, which is linked with being ‘Swedified’ (försvenskad) or having attained Swedishness.

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. p. 389-404
Keywords [en]
Swedish Government Offices, Immigrant, The Swedish Migration Agency, Foreigner, Foreign born, Born in Sweden, Racial knowledge, Hybridity Third-country nationals, National minorities
Keywords [sv]
invandrare, utlänning, utrikes födda, inrikes födda
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Sociology
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-40221DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-22874-3_21ISBN: 978-3-030-22874-3 (electronic)ISBN: 978-3-030-22873-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-40221DiVA, id: diva2:1393490
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Principles and practice in approaches to deracialization: countering the social dynamics of contemporary racialization in Brazil, South Africa, Sweden and the UK., Swedish Research Council
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Swedish Research Council, 2016-04759Available from: 2020-02-17 Created: 2020-02-17 Last updated: 2020-02-17Bibliographically approved

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