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Cultural Conflict and Cultural Dialogues in the Good Society: The Case of Honor Killings in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
2008 (English)In: Ethnicities, ISSN 1468-7968, E-ISSN 1741-2706, Vol. 8, no 3, 385-404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Value conflicts involving gender equality are interwoven intocurrent multicultural tensions in many European societies. Theyare at the core of these tensions in Sweden, in which genderequality and principles of individual human rights constitutethe state profile and political identity. In this article, wefocus on three cases of honor killings that became flash pointsfor public debates on "culture and cultures" among politicalparties, immigrant groups and feminists in Sweden. The mediafervor surrounding honour-related violence has provided xenophobicgroups with political opportunities, but at the same time, thepublic debate has given visibility and opened up public spacefor immigrant women's groups. We conclude that the notion ofthe "good society" has kept at bay the recognition of overtlyxenophobic parties, but it has also inhibited open dialogueacross and within majority and minority cultures, which wouldallow for reflections upon the diversity within cultures, markedby religion, gender, class differences and generational conflicts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 8, no 3, 385-404 p.
Keyword [en]
culturization, ethnic relations, gender equality, multiculturalism, universalism, xenophobia
National Category
Sociology
Research subject
Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-31429DOI: 10.1177/1468796808092449ISI: 000259812000006OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-31429DiVA: diva2:276993
Available from: 2009-11-13 Created: 2009-11-13 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
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1. Negotiating Social Membership: Immigrant Claims-Making Contesting Borders and Boundaries in Multi-Ethnic Europe
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Negotiating Social Membership: Immigrant Claims-Making Contesting Borders and Boundaries in Multi-Ethnic Europe
2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The concept of social membership is the mainframe for this dissertation, which encompasses four independent articles that approach the boundaries of social membership from different perspectives. Empirically, the focus lies on mobilizing groups that demand an extension of rights and/or inclusion for documented and undocumented immigrants in two European immigration countries: Sweden and Spain. I have defined the processes through which mobilizing actors (immigrants themselves and diverse supporters of their cause) interact with boundary-making actors (institutional actors, policy makers), whom through their positions participate in drawing the boundaries between inclusion and exclusion, as negotiating social membership. To study these processes, I have performed 68 interviews with actors as mobilizing immigrants, activists mobilizing on behalf of immigrants, representatives of NGOs and trade unions, policy-makers and politicians. Two main types of claims appeared: undocumented migrants’ rights groups mobilizing for residence permits and social rights, and documented immigrants’ (and their supporters’) advocacy against ethnic discrimination. Furthermore, I have included a study that reflects the tensions over social membership within immigrant communities. The gendered dimension is its main focus, as it illustrates the value conflicts over gender equality and ethnic diversity brought to the surface through the debates following so-called honour killings in Sweden, and the difficulties faced by young immigrant women mobilizing simultaneously against racism and patriarchal oppression. 

The thesis consists of four independent articles within the overall framework of mobilizing groups demanding extended rights for and/or inclusion of immigrants. By using immigrants’ rights mobilizations, negotiations, debates and agendas, my general aim has been to explore the processes through which social membership is being contested and negotiated by a wide range of actors. In doing so, it has been possible to reveal how legal and symbolic boundaries create exclusionary processes that pose constraints on the social membership of immigrants with different legal statuses.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis, 2012. 77 p.
Series
Stockholm studies in sociology, ISSN 0491-0885 ; N.S., 55
Keyword
Migration, Immigration, Social Membership, Claims-making, Contentious politics
National Category
Social Sciences
Research subject
Sociology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81513 (URN)978-91-87235-04-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-12-07, hörsal 3, hus B, Universitetsvägen 10 B, Stockholm, 13:00 (Swedish)
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At the time of the doctoral defense, the following paper was unpublished and had a status as follows: Paper 1: Manuscript.

Available from: 2012-11-15 Created: 2012-10-24 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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