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Riots in the welfare state: The contours of a modern-day moral economy
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Criminology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0574-942X
2016 (English)In: European Journal of Criminology, ISSN 1477-3708, E-ISSN 1741-2609, Vol. 13, no 5, 573-589 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article accounts for the tacit politics of the 2013 Stockholm riots. Based on interviews with local residents and a study of the parliamentary debate, it is suggested that the post-war Swedish welfare state generated commonly shared conceptions, which ascribed a temporary legitimacy to the riots within the community by conceptualizing poor living conditions and police racism as government infractions. The modern moral economy was endorsed by the political establishment, with a cynical twist. For future studies of similar riots, it is argued that, although the classical notion of moral economy successfully directs attention to the normative conceptions that propel riots, the notion must be extended with a racialized dimension, the concept of citizenship, and new incarnations of government infraction.

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2016. Vol. 13, no 5, 573-589 p.
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Moral economy, perceived legitimacy, riots, welfare state
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-134064DOI: 10.1177/1477370816636901OAI: diva2:981309
Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2016-09-30Bibliographically approved

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