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Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination Paperback – November 6, 2000

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ISBN-13: 978-0520224490 ISBN-10: 0520224493 Edition: 1St Edition

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"A tour de force"—Orvar Löfgren, co-author of Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle Class Life

"Written in a striking, experimental style, this is an insightful and impressive book on a topic of enormous contemporary significance."—James Ferguson, author of Expectations of Modernity

"Pred works with a powerful set of ideas and arresting empirical materials to create a series of interlocking, overlapping, and superimposed spaces within which modern racism is brought into view with a shocking clarity. "—Derek Gregory, author of Geographical Imaginations

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"A tour de force" (Orvar Lfgren, co-author of Culture Builders: A Historical Anthropology of Middle Class Life)

"Written in a striking, experimental style, this is an insightful and impressive book on a topic of enormous contemporary significance." (James Ferguson, University of California, Irvine )

"Pred works with a powerful set of ideas and arresting empirical materials to create a series of interlocking, overlapping, and superimposed spaces within which modern racism is brought into view with a shocking clarity. " (Derek Gregory, author of Geographical Imaginations ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: California Studies in Critical Human Geography (Book 8)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1St Edition edition (November 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520224493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520224490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 2003
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading Even in Sweden and I found it fascinating. Given the political and social history of this country one would not necessarily thinks of race or racism as a factor. I came to understand that a young woman from Ethiopia or from Iran is seen a exotic screen where native swedish men project fantasies of sexual freedom. This is also the case in America. I also gained insight in terms of how the progeny of African men and white Swedish women are looked at in terms of not being European or Swedish enough.This was fascinating.
While Pred's discussion of race and sexuality was interesting,it was a bit limited to me. I failed to get a clear sense of how women and men of African descent from the US are looked at (or treated in the swedish context). Given that some of the offspring from black deserters during Vietnam grew up in Sweden it might be interesting to find out.
Other than these questions, the book is excellent. I highly recommend it!
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Allan Pred is a professor of Geography at the University of California at Berkeley, but has spent some 40% of his time since 1960 in Sweden. Over the period of the 1990s, Professor Pred saw a profound change in how Sweden saw and welcomed immigrants and refugees. Prior to the 1990s, economically prospering Sweden, facing chronic labor shortages proclaimed itself a “moral superpower,” acting as conscience in racial matters to the rest of the world. During the 1990s, when Sweden was hit by economic forces that raised unemployment to near-record levels and sapped money needed for the maintenance of the welfare state, Sweden began to turn against foreigners, making life difficult for those already there.

This book traces the history of this historic change in Sweden’s policies, and shows how non-European and Muslim minorities are mistreated in a country that has always prided itself in its enlightened racial policies. It shows what racism can do...even in Sweden.

I find myself of two minds about this book. First off, I must say that this is a fascinating and enlightening look at modern Sweden. If you are interested in race relations in Europe, then this is definitely a book that you should read.

On the other hand, this book does have its problems. First of all, in trying to give weight to his words, the author makes extensive use of quotations from manifold sources; in fact, far too many quotations are presented. The quotations in this book, sprinkled throughout the text, often run to two pages, giving the text a disjointed feeling. Second of all, the author goes far in assigning racist motives to people, counting any anti-immigration sentiment as de facto racism.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DickyA on October 27, 2011
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Nobody writes longer sentences than this man did. If there is ever a TV contest show for smart kids diagramming sentences, the works of Allan would be ideal subject material.
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