Mikael Svensson is a PhD student at the Department of Sociology at Uppsala University since February 2012. He is MSc in Sociology from the University of Gothenburg.
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My Ph.D. study focuses on issues regarding the relationship between class and racism in Sweden. How and why is class significant for racist practices? There is a widespread understanding that xenophobia and racism are mainly found among the working class, both in public discourses and in research. Previous research is primarily based on an extensive body of quantitative attitude surveys. The working class consistently, in both Swedish and international research, exhibit more negative attitudes compared to people in more privileged class positions and with higher education. The results have, however, been questioned and criticized, but in most cases defended. Regardless of what one thinks of the criticism, the knowledge about important mechanisms for the relationship between class and racist practices in different classes is still limited.
The scope of the study is not primarily about in which social class most racism can be found, but rather which dimensions of class that is actually important to peoples’ practices in relation to various racialized “groups.” The study has an ethnographic influenced case study design. The data consists of people in working-class positions living in a working class area and more privileged people in terms of higher class positions and neighborhood. The interviews primarily focus on typical class situations in everyday life, i.e. work, housing, social relationships and leisure activities.
Fields of interest
Racism and racialization
Sociological theory (Samhällsvetarprogrammet och Samhällsplanerarprogrammet)
Sociological perspectives on globalisation (Samhällsplanerarprogrammet)
Qualitative methods (Sociologi, Socialpsykologi och Arbete, organisation och personal)
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