ERIC Number: EJ694844
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 49
"Working Harder to Be the Same": Everyday Racism among Young Men and Women in Sweden
Race, Ethnicity and Education, v8 n3 p319-342 Sep 2005
Despite Sweden's international reputation for human rights and democratic values, racism within Swedish schools is a relatively new issue, emerging only with the increased ethnic diversity of Swedish schools in recent years. This paper is thus one of the first Swedish interview studies on the perceptions of young men and women in Sweden from both minority and majority ethnic backgrounds about their everyday experience of racism and prejudice. What, for instance makes them believe, as the study found, that they need to work much harder than other young people to become "full members" of Swedish society? While many of the young people's experiences are similar to those in other countries, it can be seen that Sweden, despite its international human rights record, is not exempt from racism and xenophobia within its own national boundaries. Greater effort therefore needs to be expended, it is argued, on counteracting and challenging these tendencies, particularly in the school system.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Young Adults, Cultural Influences, Racial Bias, Minority Groups, Social Bias, Adolescents, Ethnicity, Coping, Language Minorities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden