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Segregation and Urban Unrest in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
Uppsala universitet.
2013 (English)In: Urban geography, ISSN 0272-3638, E-ISSN 1938-2847, Vol. 34, no 7, 1031-1046 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In 2009, Sweden experienced a wave of urban unrest concentrated in areas with large foreign-born populations. This episode was seen by many as reflecting a trend towards increased ethnically based residential segregation, in line with scholarly literatures that correlate inequality and rising segregation with increases in unrest or rebellion. In this paper, we analyze the empirical connection between ethnic residential segregation and episodes of urban unrest in Sweden. Unrest is measured by the number of car burnings reported to police between 2002 and 2009. We find a positive and statistically significant link between residential segregation and car burnings at the scale of municipalities and metropolitan districts. Unrest/rebellion is also corre- lated with high proportion of young adults and social welfare assistance. 

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2013. Vol. 34, no 7, 1031-1046 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-92870DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2013.799370ISI: 000325686200008OAI: diva2:642840
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