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Diana Mulinari

Diana Mulinari

Deputy Head of Department | Director of Doctoral Studies | Professor

Diana Mulinari

‘Black skull’ consciousness: the new Swedish working class

Author

  • Diana Mulinari
  • Anders Neergaard

Summary, in English

Many of the immigrant workers who came to Sweden from the sixties onwards, and their children, are stereotyped as ‘black skulls’. They are seen as silent, passive and mired in ‘traditional’ cultures, a stereotype that also pervades the trade union bureaucracies which are closely tied to the dominant Social Democratic Party. But interviews with activists in the FAI, a network of immigrant union activists, reveal a new ‘black skull’ consciousness in which the stereotype and insult of passivity have been turned on their heads. A new consciousness and analysis of Swedish racism has emerged — one which ultimately seeks to transform the whole way in which trade unions operate.

Department/s

  • Department of Gender Studies
  • Faculty of Social Sciences

Publishing year

2005

Language

English

Pages

55-72

Publication/Series

Race & Class

Volume

46

Issue

3

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • trade unions
  • workers
  • activists
  • racism
  • immigrants
  • Sweden

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0306-3968