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Understanding the Situation of Afro-Swedes: Inclusion and Distance of a Minority Group in Sweden
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Studies.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Earlier research have portrayed Afro-Swedes’ situation in mostly negative terms and have often concentrated on just one or a few spheres of society. Success stories are overridden by examples of discrimination. This research aim to contribute to a broader picture and asks how the situation of Afro-Swedes as a minority group in the Swedish society could be understood. This qualitative desk study uses the framework from Hans-Ingvar Roth’s book Mångkulturalismens utmaningar (2005) [Challenges of Multiculturalism], to answer this questions. This research shows that Afro-Swedes experience positive and/or negative distance and/or inclusion within twelve identified spheres of society. Sometimes both positive and negative inclusion/distance is present even in the same sphere. The analysis of this research suggests that Afro-Swedes as a minority is rather distanced than included in the Swedish society, no matter if it is voluntary or not. This research do not neglect the discrimination or racism that many Afro-Swedes witness about, however, it supplements the more often negative picture presented. It does so by showing a more complex image where positive – as well as negative – elements of Afro-Swedes’ situation can be found in the Swedish society. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 100 p.
Keyword [en]
Afro-Swedes, Distance, Hans-Ingvar Roth, Inclusion, Minority groups, Negative distance, Negative inclusion, Positive distance, Positive inclusion, Spheres of society, Sweden, Swedish society
Keyword [sv]
Afrosvenskar, Distans, Hans-Ingvar Roth, Minioritet, Närhet, Negativ distans, Negativ närhet, Positiv distans, Positiv närhet, Samhällsfärer, Svenska samhället
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-49361OAI: diva2:899857
Subject / course
Peace and development
Educational program
Peace and Development Work, Master Programme, 60 credits
2016-01-20, Linnéuniversitetet, Växjö, 13:00 (English)
Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-01-27 Last updated: 2016-02-03Bibliographically approved

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