Diaspora biographies balancing ideology andutopia: On future orientations of immigrant youth in a segregated Sweden
2010 (English)In: Young - Nordic Journal of Youth Research, ISSN 1103-3088, E-ISSN 1552-8480, Vol. 18, no 2, 177-195 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This is a paper on the utopian life projects of immigrant youth in a disadvantaged Swedishcommunity. These projects are analysed through the concept of utopian diaspora biographywhich describes a process whereby a high level of aspiration concerning education and labouris accumulated as a consequence of the social, temporal and spatial dynamic of the biography.Utopian diaspora biographies, it is suggested, are fragile projects that reproduce politicalnotions of meritocratic social mobility and individual agency. However, they may alsoexplore individual possibilities and thereby challenge hierarchies in a segregated educationandlabour market. The risks and potentials associated with these modernist projects areanalysed through Ricoeur’s (1986) thoughts on ideology and utopia. It is suggested that thediaspora condition implies a movement between different internal systems of ideology andutopia – between a modern, Fordist system and a late modern, post-Fordist version. The paperis based on life history interviews.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 18, no 2, 177-195 p.
ideology, utopia, biography, diaspora, future, education, youth transitions, social exclusion
Research subject Education
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-32540DOI: 10.1177/110330881001800204ISI: 000277536000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-32540DiVA: diva2:304029