Re-integrating Swedishness: The Politics of Belonging among returning Swedish migrant women

How do Swedish migrants re-negotiate national identity upon returning to their ‘home’ country?

UtlandssvenskarThis project investigates re-constructions of national identity and processes of re-integration among Swedish migrant women after returning to Sweden. Statistics show that most Swedes living abroad choose to return to Sweden, a fact that makes them the single largest immigrant group to Sweden. Among Swedes who emigrate to Asia, the absolute majority returns within a couple of years, but fewer do so from the UK and the US. What are the gendered implications of Swedish return migration? In what ways has migration impacted on the women’s working lives and family relations? What are the theoretical implications of Swedish return migration in understanding concepts of home, belonging and national identity? Special attention is directed at the women’s views on gender equality. Have their views on Sweden’s cultural and political projects on gender equality and social egalitarianism changed? From their perspectives, how has the Swedish society changed during their time abroad?
(Funded by the Swedish Research Council 2014-2016)

Publications from this project

Sohl, Lena (2015). “Living with Privileges. The Politics of Belonging among returning Swedish migrant women.” 12th Conference of European Sociological Association. Prag, 25-28 augusti
Sohl, Lena (2015). “Privileged Movements. The Politics of Belonging among returning Swedish migrant women”. Paper presenterat vid “In the Flow: People, Media, Materialities”, Norrköping, 15-17 juni 2015
Sohl, Lena (2015). “Women with class. Notions of gender, class and Swedishness”. Department of Sociology/Centre for Womens’ Studies. University of York. 10 feb.


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