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Racial profiling in the racial welfare state: Examining the order of policing in the Nordic region
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8439-1701
(English)In: Article in journal (Other academic) Accepted
Abstract [en]

This article builds on two interview studies on racial profiling conducted in Finland and Sweden. It examines policing practices in order to elaborate on the understanding of what we define as the “racial welfare state”. The analysis draws attention to the ways that bordering practices reproduce racial orders, within and beyond the nationstate. The embeddedness of the Nordic region in the Western sphere, with its colonial legacies, is highlighted through the empirical material that focuses on the consequences of internal and external migration controls, as well as more general police stop-and-search practices. The study underlines the need to investigate racial profiling as a practice that enforces an imagined community based not on whiteness in general, but on Nordic whiteness in particular as the norm against which the bodies of ‘others’ are measured.

Keywords [en]
Racial profiling, racial state, Nordic welfare model, whiteness
National Category
Other Social Sciences Sociology
Research subject
Criminology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178966OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-178966DiVA, id: diva2:1392749
Available from: 2020-02-10 Created: 2020-02-10 Last updated: 2020-03-13Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Race and Order: Critical Perspectives on Crime in Sweden
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Race and Order: Critical Perspectives on Crime in Sweden
2020 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this study questions of crime are used as a means to explore the relation between race and the social order. The aim is to empirically and theoretically expand the criminological understanding of racism as a structural phenomenon. Anchored in critical criminology, and particularly the work of cultural theorist Stuart Hall, the racialization of crime and its consequences is addressed, with a particular focus on the role of ideology and repression. Departing from a Swedish context, local and global power relations associated with the current conjuncture, such as neoliberalism and the colonial legacy of Western powers, are highlighted.

The four articles of the compilation thesis are intended to be read as a unit, but also stand on their own given that they address different dimensions of the social order where conflicts are played out. In the first article, the role of language in the racialization of official crime discourse is explored at the level of metaphors. In the second, attention is turned to why racist imaginaries of crime are contested by established journalists. The third article addresses security measures that target Muslims in the effort to combat terrorism. The fourth article focuses on racial profiling from a more general perspective, investigating stop-and-search practices as well as consequences of the intertwinement of crime and migration control.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of Criminology, Stockholm University, 2020. p. 79
Series
Avhandlingsserie / Kriminologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, ISSN 1404-1820 ; 42
Keywords
Law and order, ideology, repression, racialization of crime, racial profiling, migration control, stop and search, Anti-terrorism measures
National Category
Other Social Sciences
Research subject
Criminology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-178968 (URN)978-91-7911-016-1 (ISBN)978-91-7911-017-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2020-04-03, hörsal 5, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Note

At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 4: Accepted.

Available from: 2020-03-11 Created: 2020-02-10 Last updated: 2020-03-13Bibliographically approved

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