How do mixed Swedes identify themselves

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dc.contributor.author Osanami Törngren, Sayaka
dc.date.accessioned 2019-09-23T11:12:22Z
dc.date.available 2019-09-23T11:12:22Z
dc.date.issued 2019 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2043/29961
dc.description.abstract A global trend has shown an increase in intimate partnerships across nationality, race, ethnicity, and religion, and this is also the case in Sweden. As a result, the children of these unions (i.e. multiethnic and multiracial persons) are undeniably part of contemporary society. This study is one of the first studies in Sweden that solely focuses on the multiracial and multiethnic population. Based on 21 qualitative interviews, this article explores how mixed Swedes identify themselves and how they experience that they are identified by others using Brubaker’s (2016) conceptualization. The analysis shows that, contrary to the flexibility in how mixed Swedes identify themselves, mixed Swedes experience that people in society categorize them in a fixed idea of ‘either-or’ – either Swedish or not Swedish. The idea of being Swedish is strongly connected to the idea of being white; therefore, many mixed Swedes with a non-white phenotype experience that their identification as Swedish is not validated. However, some interviewees reject the idea of Swedish as solely being ‘white’ and are actively redrawing what it means to be Swedish through emphasizing nationality and cultural belonging. en_US
dc.format.extent 25 en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Malmö University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries MIM Working Paper Series;19:2
dc.subject mixed identity en_US
dc.subject Sweden en_US
dc.subject ethnic options en_US
dc.subject.classification Humanities/Social Sciences en_US
dc.title How do mixed Swedes identify themselves en_US
dc.type Report
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Faculty of Culture and Society
dc.contributor.department Malmö University. Global Political Studies (GPS)
dc.subject.srsc Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.description.authorversion No en_US
dc.contributor.centre Malmö University. Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) en_US
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