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“The immigrant woman” as problematic in the Swedish Welfare State - On categorizations and identity positions in policy, education and working life

Författare och institution:
Marie Carlson (Institutionen för sociologi och arbetsvetenskap)
Publicerad i:
Program: Abstracts: Gender and Education Association Conference 2015, 23-25 July, 2015 - University of Roehampton,
Konferensbidrag - refereegranskat abstract
Sammanfattning (abstract):
“The immigrant woman” as problematic in the Swedish Welfare State - On categorizations and identity positions in policy, education and working life Abstract This contribution scrutinizes the troubled positions, borders and boundaries of “the immigrant woman” through Swedish language programs for immigrants (SFI) and also through policy texts and how the category “immigrant” including “the immigrant woman” is constituted and negotiated in relation to the labour market. Structural conditions as well as agency are not always problematized. Examples will be used from the past when SFI started in the 1960s and from the present – from a debate on troubled positions that is still ongoing. A sociocultural perspective and a postcolonial point of departure are used. Since its inception SFI has been influenced by and interacts with shifting economic conditions and changes in immigration policy, education and labour issues. Gendered, culturalized and ethnified – but not classed – discourses are discerned during SFI's entire story. SFI can be seen as an arena in which the construction of who is an immigrant and who is a Swede is being played out – together with fostering attitudes. In particular, a gender-equality discourse is linked to Swedish norms: an ethnocentric discourse that positions both men and women who migrate to Sweden as more tradition-bound and less gender-equal than men and women born in Sweden. The traditional and culturally bound immigrant woman is emphasized strongly in dominant discourses; issues such as discrimination are hardly ever addressed. The empirical data consist of policy documents, interviews and debates. Other research relevant to the critical discussion has also been reviewed. The overall intersectional discussion is related to cultural, migration, ethnicity and gender studies.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Sociologi ->
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Tvärvetenskapliga studier
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Annan samhällsvetenskap ->
Internationell Migration och Etniska Relationer (IMER)
Annan humaniora ->
categorizations, identity positions, immigrant women, language courses, policy documents, Swedish welfare state
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2016-01-05 12:28

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