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Anders Neergaard


My research focuses on power, inequality, resistance and social movements, especially linked to discrimination, racism and racism, but also class and gender. I am the director of REMESO

Power, Inequality, Racisms and Resistance

Why and in what ways is inequality created in working life? Why are radical right-wing and racist parties growing in Sweden and Europe? How is solidarity created between workers and why do trade unions find it difficult to represent workers with a foreign background? What is the connection between antifeminism, anti-environment and racism? My research focuses on power, inequality, resistance and social movements especially linked to discrimination, racism and racism, but also class and gender.

My research spans several different fields.

One is research on working life, recruitment and working life careers with a focus on ethnicity / racialization, class and gender. What creates and reproduces inequality - especially discrimination and what is the importance of social capital in working life?

Another field concerns political sociology with a focus on radical right-wing and racist movements and parties. How are new movements and parties in Europe creating new forms of political racism? Who participates in these parties and movements? Can women become active despite the antifeminist policies of these movements? Can people with a foreign background be included despite their racism, policies against migrants and immigration? What is the connection between antifeminism, anti-environment and racism?

A third field concerns collective organization - especially the intersection between class and ethnicity / racialization, but also gender. Here, my interest is especially directed at how migrant workers organize themselves collectively, especially in trade unions but also through migrant organizations. What visions do unions have for the future? How do they view representation? What are the worldviews of male union representatives with a Swedish background?

Fourthly, iIn Sweden of today the rhetoric of and on migrants has become the vernacular in which racialization and race is talked about. In this line I am doing research on issues concerning solidarities and deservingness focussing on migrants, migrant advocates and street level bureaucrats.

I am also involved in research on the Third World and the North-South relationship, based on political sociology and postcolonial perspectives. Here the linkage between global economic inequalities and global race formation is in focus.

Director of the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO)

I am the director of REMESO and responsible for the steering group for research. I am also active as a supervisor in the doctoral program and as a teacher at the undergraduate level.

Ongoing research projects

Here you can find the ongoing projects that I participate in


Social and cultural analysis (SKA BA)
International master's program in ethnicity and migration studies (EMS MA)
Postgraduate education and supervision in ethnicity and migration



Paula Mulinari, Anders Neergaard (2023) Trade unions negotiating the Swedish model: racial capitalism, whiteness and the invisibility of race RACE & CLASS, Vol. 64, p. 48-66 Continue to DOI
Alireza Behtoui, Fredrik Hertzberg, Anders Neergaard (2023) Segregerade skolor, segregerade fritidsaktiviteter Prevention med barn och unga: teori och praktik för socialt och pedagogiskt arbete, p. 359-378
Diana Mulinari, Anders Neergaard (2023) The Swedish racial formation: a critique of the sociology of absence The Routledge International Handbook of New Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, p. 240-250
Magnus Dahlstedt, Anders Neergaard (2023) Is there a repressive turn in Swedish migration and welfare policy? Ambivalenzen in der Transformation von Sozialpolitik und Wohlfahrtsstaat Soziale Arbeit, Care, Rechtspopulismus und Migration, p. 250-265


Sanja Bojanić, Stefan Jonsson, Anders Neergaard, Birgit Sauer (2022) Challenging cultures of rejection Patterns of Prejudice, Vol. 56, p. 315-335 Continue to DOI
Diana Mulinari, Anders Neergaard (2022) The Swedish Racial Welfare Regime in Transition Racism in and for the Welfare State, p. 91-116 Continue to DOI


Carin Björngren Cuadra, Kristofer Hansson, Dimitris Michailakis, Anders Neergaard (Editorship) (2021) Temanummer: I pandemins spår. Socialvetenskapliga perspektiv på covid-19