The court as an emerging arena for struggles against and about racism – experiences and strategies of organizations working with law as a tool for social change
- Department of Gender Studies
- MECW: The Middle East in the Contemporary World
Our point of departure in this presentation is a case study of organizations that use law as a tool in struggles for social justice. Based on a pilot study including an analysis of material produced by these organizations, a couple of interviews and an observation session, we will explore the organizations’ strategies and experiences of working with litigation. The aim will be to contextualize the project by exploring the ways in which the specific context of the Swedish welfare state provides frames for activism in court. We will be interested in looking at definitions of the rule of law (rättssäkerhet) and specifically the widespread understanding of the welfare state as a guardian of safety and social protection (trygghet).
- Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Marta Kolankiewicz holds a PhD in sociology. Her main research focus is on different articulation of racism as well as on the role of law in struggles for justice.