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Diversifying from Within: Diaspora Writings in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8200-7980
2018 (English)In: The Composition of Anthropology: How Anthropological Texts are Written / [ed] Morten Nielsen, Nigel Rapport, London: Routledge, 2018, p. 122-136Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Helena Wulff´s chapter begins with an essay drawing on her ongoing literary anthropological study of diaspora fiction writers and their work in Sweden who, she argues, are diversifying the country from within. The essay engages with the work of Pooneh Rohi born in Iran, who is a new voice while Jonas Hassen Khemiri, of Tunisian background, is an established writer. In addition to writing fiction, they sometimes do journalism. By uncovering often cruel experiences of racism in a country which boasts an inclusive policy, yet has an expanding anti-immigration party (the Sweden Democrats) diaspora writers have an impact on political and cultural debate in Sweden, also because they take on the role as public intellectuals. In her Commentary, Wulff explains how Text came about, how it goes back to her intellectual history that was founded during her upbringing when she first became a habitual reader, and later with her education in comparative literature and anthropology that eventually would make her an anthropological writer. Inspired by her research on the ballet world where desire and technique are key for creativity to spring up, Wulff suggests that this is the case in anthropological writing, as well. As to the recent genealogy of the essay, it is an account of preparations for a major multi-disciplinary research program on world literatures which was funded in 2016.      

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London: Routledge, 2018. p. 122-136
Keywords [en]
diaspora writing, migrant writing, literary anthropology, Sweden
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Social Anthropology
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Social Anthropology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-164764ISBN: 9781138208117 (print)ISBN: 9781315460253 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-164764DiVA, id: diva2:1280170
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Riksbankens JubileumsfondAvailable from: 2019-01-18 Created: 2019-01-18 Last updated: 2019-01-18Bibliographically approved

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