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Citizenship as status, habitus and acts: Language requirements and civic orientation in Sweden
University of Gothenburg: Gothenburg, SE.
University of Gothenburg: Gothenburg,(SWE).
University of Gothenburg: Gothenburg, (SWE).
Department of Political Science, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg (SWE).
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2021 (English)In: Citizenship Studies, ISSN 1362-1025, E-ISSN 1469-3593, Vol. 25, no 6Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article employs the notions of citizenship as status, habitus and acts as a framework through which to capture how sovereign power, disciplinary power and biopower intersect in the context of Sweden’s current management of migration. Through an analysis of policy and media debates, the article first illustrates how citizenship as status and sovereign power in Sweden have undergone a shift from actively endorsing multilingualism and cultural dialogue to requiring migrants to demonstrate knowledge of a particular language, Swedish, and what is constructed as a singular national culture and its values. The article then homes in on a particular Arabic-language course in civic orientation for newly arrived adult migrants in a large urban area. We illustrate how disciplinary power and biopower work by socializing a group of migrants into a specific habitus of Swedish values and norms. We also unveil the acts of resistance they perform in response.

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Taylor & Francis Group, 2021. Vol. 25, no 6
Keywords [en]
Civic orientation, governmentality, power, resistance, Sweden
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International Migration and Ethnic Relations
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Child and Youth studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-17434DOI: 10.1080/13621025.2021.1968698ISI: 000689453900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85113399892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-17434DiVA, id: diva2:1593817
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Swedish Research Council, 2018-04091Available from: 2021-09-14 Created: 2021-09-14 Last updated: 2022-04-04Bibliographically approved

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