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Women with class: Swedish migrant women's class positions in the USA
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2010 (English)In: Journal of Intercultural Studies, ISSN 0725-6868, E-ISSN 1469-9540, Vol. 31, no 1, 49-63 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines gender- and nation-specific forms of capital through migration. Itfocuses on first-generation Swedish women moving to a new social and politicallandscape in the USA, typically from upper- and middle-class environments in Sweden.Their migratory experiences are used as a departure to analyse how former class positionsare being re-enacted (or not) in the neo-liberal USA. The study, conducted from 2006to 2008, is based on in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with 33 women andthree of their spouses and participant observations in a support group for Swedishspeakingwomen in the Western region of the USA. Using an intersectional analysis, it issuggested that Swedish women are located in contradictory class positions in the USA interms of the loss of social and cultural capital, access to the social democratic welfarestate and a dependence on racialised labour in a different social geography. It is arguedthat the women’s class privileges are shaped, transformed and reproduced through theircapacities to re-invest their cultural and embodied forms of capital in marriage andby marking a distance to subordinated groups, often other migrant women, therebymirroring the unequal relations between (migrating) women in a global arena.

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London: Routledge , 2010. Vol. 31, no 1, 49-63 p.
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Capital, Class, Intersectionality, Migration, Sweden, USA, Women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32049DOI: 10.1080/07256860903477688OAI: diva2:300688
Available from: 2010-02-28 Created: 2010-02-28 Last updated: 2011-10-24Bibliographically approved

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