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The Political life of Iranian immigrants in Sweden
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2844-3204
2012 (English)In: The Iranian community in Sweden: Multidisciplinary perspectives / [ed] Hassan Hosseini-Kaladjahi, Stockholm: Mångkulturellt centrum , 2012, 65-93 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The Iranian community in Sweden has undergone major changes in different aspects of social life. One of the most important changes has been the gradual de-radicalization in political view that the group has experienced. While at the beginning of the period a majority of Iranian immigrants identified with revolutionary positions, time spent in Sweden has meant led to a gradual change in political values ​​and a move towards a more liberal and reformist approach. Integration into Swedish society and familiarization with Swedish social and political culture which is based on consensus and compromise seem to explain the changing political perceptions, views and attitudes. Moreover, the openness of the political system in the new country, the ease with which immigrants attain citizenship and having the right to vote made it easy for the Iranian community to be involved in the political process. As a result, the political commitment to the Swedish establishment has increased markedly. Furthermore, over the years, Iranians in Sweden have begun to support not only leftist, but also more right wing political parties. 

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Stockholm: Mångkulturellt centrum , 2012. 65-93 p.
Mångkulturellt centrum, ISSN 1401-2316 ; 2012:6
Keyword [en]
Iranian, Diaspora, Political participation, de-radicalization
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Politics, Economy and the Organization of Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-20506ISBN: 978-91-86429-22-5 (print)OAI: diva2:678159
Available from: 2013-12-11 Created: 2013-12-11 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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