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  • 1.
    Høyer Leivestad, Hege
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Olsson, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    A 20 dollar note: 'success stories' of Swedish business actors with Iranian origin2020In: Social Identities, ISSN 1350-4630, E-ISSN 1363-0296, Vol. 26, no 2, p. 219-232Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article examines the career narratives of entrepreneurs with migrant background in the Swedish business sector. Statistics show that the proportion of individuals with a migrant background who reach so-called top-positions in Swedish society is in general low. Migrants with Iranian background is an exception as many of them have reached high positions as professionals in business corporations and themselves established high-profile businesses in Sweden. Based on in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs and managers with Iranian origin, we will in this article look at how their background is made relevant when reflecting upon professional success and failure. The article is concerned with their exceptional professional achievements and, in particular, the individuals' positioning in relation to their 'society of migration', their society of origin, and the social networks are embedded in as migrants with an Iranian origin. The article shows how narratives of success tend to emphasize the struggles of a 'lonely fighter' while at the same time dismiss discrimination as an explanatory factor. The entrepreneurs' success stories nevertheless focus on how one's career path as innovators and 'agents of social change' is intimately linked with a migrant past and experience.

  • 2.
    Olsson, Erik
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Centre for Research in International Migration and Ethnic Relations (CEIFO).
    From Exile to Post-Exile: The diasporisation of Swedish Chileans in historical contexts2009In: Social Identities, ISSN 1350-4630, E-ISSN 1363-0296, Vol. 15, no 5, p. 659-676Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The main focus of this article is how a set of practices revolve around the formation of an imagined community in dispersion – diasporisation. The study discusses the case of the Chilean diaspora in Sweden and its transformation from an exile context to a post-exile context facing a drastically altered historical situation. This transformation is analysed as a matter of agency where practices are framed differently as a response to the demand perceived in the context. The outcome of this argument speaks in favour of a diaspora concept that focuses on practices and how these are framed in order to mobilise a putative dispersed population.

  • 3.
    Olsson, Erik
    et al.
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Anthropology.
    Olsson Nyhammar, Carlo
    Made in Swedish: diasporisation and lifestyle orientation among Swedish migrant networks in Southern Spain2021In: Social Identities, ISSN 1350-4630, E-ISSN 1363-0296, Vol. 27, no 2, p. 197-211Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article demonstrates how large social associations are operating at the locus of a community-making related to the networks of Swedish migrants in Southern Spain. The associations are selectively targeting relatively wealthy older (ethnic) Swedish individuals, offering them a home-like social arena with access to a club equipped with well-known facilities and activities from the Swedish tradition. In addition, these associations offers valuable information and services that ensure their members a comfortable lifestyle in Spain but also facilitates a life with close connection to the Swedish society. In this social space, the Swedish migrants meet, socialise and to some extent, consume, rather than making efforts to participate and becoming integrated in Spanish society. It is also obvious how this environment becomes a hub for maintaining links and societal life with the Swedish society. The article argues that the practices used by the social associations in their mobilisation, are becoming part of a ‘diasporisation’ of Swedes in Southern Spain. It is also argued that these practices are both reflecting assumed needs and requests from the individuals in the migrant networks as well as orientating them into a lifestyle that promotes comfort and transnational links with their country of origin.

  • 4.
    Roosvall, Anna
    Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies.
    The mediated politics of place and people: picturing the 'contested place-making' of Irish Travellers at Dale Farm2017In: Social Identities, ISSN 1350-4630, E-ISSN 1363-0296, Vol. 23, no 3, p. 343-359Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article discusses meanings of people-place relationships, relating to ethnicity-class-gender intersections. The case examined concerns the 'contested place-making' of Irish Travellers at Dale Farm (UK), where the Travellers were eventually evicted from a place they owned. The material consists mainly of online slideshows in the Guardian. Visuals and place share the role of concretizing news, situating them and underlining their truth claims. Hence, news visuals are well suited for discussions of relationships between places and peoples. The study comprises theories of media, place and identity, relating to mobility, minorities and globalization. Methodologically, compositional analysis, discourse-theoretical method and an intersectional approach are combined. The place conflict is rarely understood in terms of justice. Instead, ethnicity-class-gender intersections appear as significant in the imagery, countering certain old stereotypes, but also connecting to discourses of 'threatening minorities', and 'bad mobility'. Manifested through excessive imagery of barricades/fences/walls/gates, 'identity management' meets 'place management', detaching some identities from some places. The Travellers thus appear as anomalies, separated from others. This is partly connected to the slideshow format, where linguistic elaboration on motifs is very limited, partly to the selection of certain themes and motifs in the slideshows, and partly to the societal politics surrounding the issue.

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