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The Promise of Belonging: Racialized Youth Subject Positions in the Swedish Rural North
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8114-4705
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5011-2233
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Epidemiology and Global Health. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5902-3798
Department of Culture and Society, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3384-7518
2023 (English)In: Journal of International Migration and Integration, ISSN 1488-3473, E-ISSN 1874-6365, Vol. 24, p. 695-713Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article analyses how youth subject positions of the ‘racialized other’ are produced, and how these positions interconnect with the concept of belonging to the rural community. We do this by analysing 15 group discussions with 63 young people living in rural areas in northern Sweden taking a discursive psychology approach, and focusing on how discourses produce certain subject positions of ‘the racialized other’. Drawing on the concepts of the politics of belonging and the ‘stranger’, we argue that discourses on belonging to the (rural) community create boundaries that exclude ‘other’ youth, as well as resistance and contestation. The subject positions that such discourses produce represent racialized youth in stereotypical ways and imply a promise of belonging for certain ‘others’ based on their fulfilment of particular norms. However, such a depoliticized promise of belonging that places the responsibility for becoming integrated on the ‘others’ was also challenged. Firstly, in relation to criticisms of the welfare system, and secondly, in relation to racism as an unwelcome threat in rural communities.

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Springer, 2023. Vol. 24, p. 695-713
Keywords [en]
Subject positions, Politics of belonging, ‘Othering’, Racialization, Rural
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Social Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-197433DOI: 10.1007/s12134-022-00973-yISI: 000810804700001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85131796904OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-197433DiVA, id: diva2:1677681
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2016-00434Available from: 2022-06-28 Created: 2022-06-28 Last updated: 2023-07-14Bibliographically approved

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