Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination

Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination

Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination

Even in Sweden: Racisms, Racialized Spaces, and the Popular Geographical Imagination

Synopsis

"A tour de force"--Orvar Lofgren, 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"

Excerpt

The simple old reminder should be repeated that no person or culture can be judged solely by its imperfections. the subject of this book— American attitudes and actions with respect to the Negro and the disparity between American ideals and behavior in this field—forces us to dig in dark corners and to wash dirty linen in public. But we wish to warn the reader that we do not, and he should not, regard our analysis as a complete evaluation of America.

Gunnar myrdal (1962 [1944]), lxxxii

[T] he simple old reminder should be repeated that no person or culture can be judged solely by its imperfections. the subject of this book— Swedish cultural reworkings and actions with respect to nonEuropeans and Muslims, and the disparity between Swedish ideals and behavior in this field—has forced me to dig in dark corners and to wash dirty linen in public. But I wish to warn the reader that I do not, and she should not, regard my analysis as a complete evaluation of Sweden.

The author, upon uncomfortable completion of this work (1999)

R acism, regardless of where it occurs or the forms it takes, is not a pleasant matter, not a subject matter readily written about with detachment. Almost unavoidably, then, the writing of this book has frequently proven agonizing, painful, and (di) stressful. At times it has been as if walking on a field of jagged broken glass. Shoeless. in a cold wind of unrelenting bite. Once having embarked across this nervejolting terrain, once engulfed in its pock-marked landscape, there was . . .

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