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  • 51.
    Mešić, Nedžad
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Framing solidarity in the unionisation of undocumented migrant workers2017In: Reimagineering the nation: essays on twenty-first-century Sweden / [ed] Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Anders Neergard, Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 303-325 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter explores the capacity of two Swedish trade union initiatives, SAC Syndicalists and LO-TCO centre, to extend solidarity to undocumented migrant workers. The author asks what solidarity linkages have been established since the shift of millennia and what obstacles encountered in forging solidarity between workers with strong versus weak legal status. He illuminates the emergence of a transformative form of solidarity, which may open for protection of new groups of disadvantaged workers.

  • 52.
    Mulinari, Diana
    et al.
    Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
    Neergaard, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Doing racism, performing femininity: women in the Sweden Democrats2017In: Gender and far right politics in Europe / [ed] Michaela Köttig, Renate Bitzan, Andrea Petö, London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, 13-27 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    he article has two aims. The first is to illuminate the contributions of antiracist scholarship and feminist studies to an understanding of the upsurge of extreme-right-wing cultural racist parties throughout Europe. The second is to explore how women active in the Sweden Democrats (SD), a Swedish version of these parties, name and act upon their identities as members of what many citizens and a growing number of scholars define as a racist party. We argue that the SD, despite its efforts to include women in the party, is confronted by two contending nationalist narratives: on the one hand that of a gender-equal Sweden and on the other the need for traditional gender roles to be treated as vital for the maintenance of the nation.

  • 53.
    Neergaard, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    ”Det fackliga löftet”: solidaritet, fackföreningsrörelse och arbetskraftsinvandring2015In: Arbetskraft från hela världen: Hur blev det med 2008 års reform? / [ed] Catharina Calleman, Petra Herzfeld Olsson, Stockholm: Delmi , 2015, 200-243 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    I det här kapitlet diskuterar jag arbetskraftsmigration i Sverige och fackföreningsrörelsens syn på invandrad arbetskraft. Jag fokuserar dels på 2008 års arbetskraftsinvandringsreform i ett Sverige där gränserna mellan olika migrationsformer håller på att suddas ut, dels på Landsorganisationens (LO) och LO-förbundens syn på frågan. Migrationen måste ses som en aspekt av den pågående globaliseringen, med förändrade former för produktionens och arbetets organisering, samt med ökad rörlighet för kapital och arbete. Vidare hämtar jag inspiration från teorier om arbetskraftsmigration och teorier om facklig organisering. Informalisering, rasifiering, ofritt arbete och föreställd solidaritet är centrala begrepp i mitt resonemang. Jag vill förstå kopplingen mellan å ena sidan fackets varierande förhållningssätt till arbetskraftsmigration och därmed hur man uttrycker solidaritet, och å andra sidan förändrade styrkeförhållanden mellan kapital och arbete samt fackföreningsrörelsens syn på den ekonomiska utvecklingen och på sin egen roll.

  • 54.
    Neergaard, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The Swedish Model in transition: trade unions and racialised workers2017In: Reimagineering the Nation: essays on twenty-first-century Sweden / [ed] Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Anders Neergaard, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 85-117 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 55.
    Owuor, John O. A.
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Karolinska Institute, Sweden; University of Huddersfield, England.
    Locke, Abigail
    University of Huddersfield, England.
    Heyman, Bob
    University of Huddersfield, England.
    Clifton, Andrew
    University of Huddersfield, England.
    Concealment, communication and stigma: The perspectives of HIV-positive immigrant Black African men and their partners living in the United Kingdom2016In: Journal of Health Psychology, ISSN 1359-1053, E-ISSN 1461-7277, Vol. 21, no 12, 3079-3091 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This study explored the perspectives of Black men, originally from East Africa, living in the United Kingdom and their partners on what it means to live with diagnosed HIV. This article reports on concealment of HIV-positive status as a strategy adopted by the affected participants to manage the flow of information about their HIV-positive status. Analysis of the data, collected using in-depth interviews involving 23 participants, found widespread selective concealment of HIV-positive status. However, a few respondents had come out publicly about their condition. HIV prevention initiatives should recognise concealment as a vital strategy in managing communication about ones HIV-positive status.

  • 56.
    Petersson, Kenneth
    et al.
    Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society.
    Olsson, Ulf
    Stockholms universitet, Sweden.
    Popkewitz, Thomas S.
    University of Wisconsin/madison.
    Krejsler, John Benedicto
    Aarhus universitet, Denmark.
    Framtiden som styrning.: en genealogisk betraktelse av det utbildningsbara subjektet och pedagogisk teknologi under det tidiga 2000-talet.2016In: Skola, lärare, samhälle.: Vänbok till Sverker Lindblad / [ed] Gun-Britt Wärvik, Caroline Runesdotter, Eva Forsberg, Björn Hasselgren & Fritjof Sahlström, Göteborgs universitet: Institutionen för pedagogik och specialpedagogik , 2016, 1, 105-129 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 57.
    Ramsten, Anna-Carin
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Snickars, Folke
    Kungliga Tekniska högskolan, KTH, Stockholm.
    Lärosätenas organisering av samverkan och modeller för resursfördelning2015Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Projektet har syftat till att kartlägga modeller för hur lärosäten premierar strategisk samverkan i sin interna resursfördelning mellan lärosätesledningen och fakulteter/verksamhetsområden och i nästa led till institutioner eller andra aktiviteter. Som bakgrund till våra analyser har vi kartlagt hur lärosätena organiserar sitt arbete med extern samverkan såväl ledningsmässigt, akademiskt som administrativt. I projektet har även analyserats principer för resursfördelning och metoder för att samla in nödvändig information. En central frågeställning har varit i vad mån förutsättningar inom olika discipliner och utbildningsinriktningar kan jämföras. Ett av resultaten visar att lärosätenas modeller för resursfördelning samtidigt är både jämförbara och unika. Det förekommer sällan tydligt riktade satsningar på samverkan. Genomgången visar samtidigt att aktörer på olika nivåer inom universiteten visar stor skicklighet och uppfinnings ‐ rikedom när det gäller att indirekt påverka den interna fördelningen av fakultetsmedel för såväl utbildning som forskning och forskarutbildning. Ett betydande gemensamt lärande kan åstadkommas genom fortsatt samarbete mellan universitetsledningar och förvaltningar men även mellan fakulteter och institutioner vid respektive lärosäte.  

  • 58.
    Rosales, Maria
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Minding the gap: the role of UK civil society in the European refugee crisis2016Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The recent collapse of the Dublin system, a system meant to distribute responsibility towards asylum-seekers and refugees between EU Member States (MSs), has marked a new phase of the so-called European Refugee “Crisis”, where the inability of EU MS governments to address the situation in a unified and coherent manner ultimately harms those most in need of protection. Public discontent with EU and MS government responses to the crisis has led to strong citizen mobilisation in the form of civil society. This study focuses on the case of the UK and examines the role played by policy advocacy Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). The concept of Political Responsibility is used to establish the emergence of a Governance Gap in the UK’s response to the crisis, where the government finds itself unable to bridge a growing distance between its representation and responsible governance functions. Policy advocacy CSOs are found to be now minding this gap. Critical Discourse Analysis is used to study how CSOs react to the UK government’s response in terms of practice and discourse, and to highlight the consequences which language use can have on how we perceive and treat refugees and asylum-seekers in this context.

  • 59.
    Rosales, René León
    et al.
    Uppsala universitet.
    Ålund, Aleksandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Renaissance from the margins: urban youth activism in Sweden2017In: Reimagineering the nation: essays on twenty-first-century Sweden / [ed] Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Anders Neergaard, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 351-374 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Analysing the formation of a political subjectivity among swedish urban justice activists the authors discuss resistance against cultural stigmatization and social exclusion. An emergent critical public voice confronts marginalization within the formalised context of "invited spaces" for citizenship dialogues as activists create new "invented spaces" for public participation, in order to promote democratic development.

  • 60.
    Sara, Ahlstedt
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Doing "Feelwork": reflections on whiteness and methodological challenges in research on queer partner migration2015In: Affectivity and race: studies from Nordic contexts / [ed] Rikke Andreassen, Kathrine Vitus, Farnham: Routledge, 2015, 187-203 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 61.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linnaeus University, Sweden.
    Immigration policy regimes, welfare states and urban inequality patterns: A comparison between Malmo and Genoa2016In: European Urban and Regional Studies, ISSN 0969-7764, E-ISSN 1461-7145, Vol. 23, no 4, 862-877 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    There is a general consensus that welfare states influence urban inequality patterns in cities experiencing increases in immigration. Whereas much of the existing research focused on the extent to which welfare states affect the well-being of immigrants after their admission, this study focuses on how immigration policy regimes affect the extent to which immigrant flows, and subsequent labour supply, match variations and fluctuations in the composition of demand in urban labour markets. In particular, the article develops a comparison between Malmo and Genoa, an Italian and a Swedish city with similar urban histories that display considerably different patterns of urban inequality. Immigration to Malmo was fuelled largely by humanitarian emergencies in the countries of origin and occurred in a period of economic decline for the city. The growth of the immigrant population was associated with a worsening of the labour market situation for immigrants and an increase in ethnic residential segregation. Immigration to Genoa was mainly driven by demand for cheap labour, particularly in the private-care sector. Therefore, the growth of the immigrant population was associated with an ethnic segmentation of the labour market, but it also resulted in a more dispersed distribution of immigrants than in Malmo. The differences in the urban inequality patterns in Malmo and Genoa can be only partly explained by policies affecting the living conditions of admitted immigrants. An important role has also been played by the immigration policy regimes of the two countries, which prescribed the integration potential of immigrant flows.

  • 62.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linnaeus University, Växjö, Sweden.
    Looking beyond the neighbourhood: income inequality and residential segregation in Swedish metropolitan areas, 1991–20102016In: Urban geography, ISSN 0272-3638, E-ISSN 1938-2847, Vol. 37, no 7, 963-984 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In recent years, residential segregation has become a major issue in the Swedish policy debate. The prevailing view is that residential segregation is a crucial contributing factor to the development of income inequality, since individual income prospects are thought to be influenced by the population characteristics of their neighbourhoods. This study takes the opposite approach and analyses the extent to which, in the period 1991–2010, rising income inequality contributed to the development of residential segregation by income in Swedish metropolitan areas. The period was characterized by unprecedented growth in income inequality, which was associated with a decline in the redistributive power of the welfare state. Residential segregation by income mirrored locally the general trend in income inequality. Another factor was the change in income dispersion in neighbourhoods, relative to the metropolitan areas as a whole, which indicates a tendency towards increased population homogeneity in neighbourhoods with respect to income.

  • 63.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    New Geographically Differentiated Configurations of Social Risks: Labour Market Policy Developments in Sweden and Finland2013In: Changing Social Risks and Social Policy Responses in the Nordic Welfare States / [ed] Ivan Harsløf and Rickard Ulmestig, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, 220-244 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In comparative social policy studies, Nordic welfare systems are grouped together as belonging to the same welfare model (e.g. Esping-Andersen & Korpi, 1987; Esping-Andersen, 1990; Kangas & Palme, 2005). Nordic welfare systems are known for providing allencompassing coverage of their social security systems. This coverage has traditionally included a combination of basic security and earning-related measures. In addition, the Nordic welfare systems have been characterized by the generosity of the benefits provided, by the high level of effectiveness of their income redistribution policies and by the large development of their social service infrastructures. Apart from a few exceptions (e.g. Saraceno, 2002; Lähteenmäki-Smith, 2005; Scarpa, 2009), comparative social policy studies have nevertheless also implicitly assumed that Nordic welfare systems display these ‘hallmarks’ in a geographically homogeneous manner and that, in these countries, regional variation of living conditions and also in the level of protection from social risks is minimal.

  • 64.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Department of Social Work, Linnaeus Univeristy, Växjö.
    The Emergence of a Swedish ‘Underclass’?: Welfare State Restructuring, Income Inequality and Residential Segregation in Malmö, 1991-20082013In: Economia & Lavoro, ISSN 2088-6365, E-ISSN 1579-1475, no 2, 121-138 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Recent political and academic debates in Sweden have been dominated by a view of urban problems as endogenously generated by the spatial concentration of individuals with similar ethnic and socioeconomic characteristics within the same neighbourhoods. The impact of welfare state retrenchment on income inequality and residential segregation instead remained an under-investigated and somehow neglected issue in recent research. This paper aims at filling this gap by analysing income inequality dynamics in Malmö in the period 1991-2008. This city offers an interesting case of analysis, given the high rates of social problems compared to other Swedish cities. The results reveal that the increase in income inequality in Malmö has been especially due to the reduced redistributive impact of the Swedish welfare state. Furthermore, the increase in residential segregation by income can be attributed to the parallel increase in citywide income inequality rather than to an alleged increase in neighbourhood sorting.

  • 65.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linneaus University, Sweden.
    The impact of income inequality on economic residential segregation: The case of Malmo, 1991-20102015In: Urban Studies, ISSN 0042-0980, E-ISSN 1360-063X, Vol. 52, no 5, 906-922 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As in other Western countries, in Sweden there is a widespread conviction that residential segregation influences the opportunities for residents social mobility and therefore is a cause of income inequality. But the opposite direction of causality, from income inequality to residential segregation, is often ignored. The paper fills this gap and analyses income inequality and economic residential segregation developments in Malmo in the years 1991-2010. During this period, changes in population composition owing to increased immigration had a negligible impact on income inequality, while the latter was primarily influenced by changes in the distribution of labour market earnings and capital incomes. At the same time, neighbourhood income inequality was predominantly driven by overall household income inequality and only to a much lower extent by the increase in residential sorting by income. Policy influencing income distribution rather than area-based strategies should thus be at the centre of current debates on residential segregation in Sweden.

  • 66.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The local welfare system as a scale question2016In: Combating poverty in local welfare systems – active inclusion strategies in European cities / [ed] Alexandru Panican and Håkan Johansson, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, 29-51 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 67.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The Rescaling of Immigration and the Creation of “Areas of Outsiderness” in Sweden. The Case of Landskrona2015In: Sociologica, ISSN 1971-8853, Vol. 2, 1-23 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In Sweden, ethnic residential segregation has been a problem associated traditionally with the largest metropolitan areas of the country. In recent years, however, growing attention has been paid to the areas of immigrant concentration located outside the largest metropolitan areas. Landskrona is one of the most renowned Swedish municipalities, among those located outside the largest metropolitan areas, in which the recent growth of the immigrant population has led to high levels of ethnic residential segregation and, therefore, to the appearance of what Swedish policymakers define as “areas of outsiderness.” Whereas Swedish debates on ethnic residential segregation are dominated by attention to the social and ethnic composition of segregated neighbourhoods, this article focuses on how immigrant settlement patterns in Landskrona have been influenced primarily by immigration policy developments over time as well as by the downscaling of this city within the Swedish urban hierarchy. In recent decades, Landskrona has in fact gone from being an economically buoyant and socially balanced industrial city into a declining and polarized city which is struggling to find a new post-industrial identity. The growth of the immigrant population in Landskrona also has been encouraged by the general unravelling of the Swedish welfare state, which has been associated with an increase in regional imbalances in economic development as well as in housing availability and affordability.

  • 68.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The Swedish Model during the International Financial Crisis: Institutional Resilience or Structural Change?2015In: The European Social Model Adrift: Europe, Social Cohesion and the Economic Crisis / [ed] Serena Romano and Gabriella Punziano, Routledge, 2015, 107-125 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The chapter is structured as follows. The second section addresses the first of the two research questions and provides a brief and by no means exhaustive description of welfare state developments under the period in question. In particular, the focus is on the reforms of the Swedish income maintenance system, on both the tax and benefit sides, and on whether the implementation of these reforms produced new patterns of inequality between those who benefited and those who did not. The third section seeks to identify the rationale behind the policy-making process and to examine the motives that drove the reforms. Thereby, the attention is on the degree of consensus on the policy goals between the different political actors as well as between political and non-political actors. The fourth section illustrates the case study of Stockholm Metropolitan Area and examines the impact of welfare reforms on income differences between different groups (defined by employment status and ethnic background) and between neighbor hoods with different population composition. The fifth and last section reviews the main conclusions and attempts to answer the question that titles this chapter.

  • 69.
    Scarpa, Simone
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The end of the swedish model?: reconfigurations of welfare and citizenship in the new millennium2016In: Social inequalities and migration: challenges to social work in the swedish welfare state / [ed] Sven Trygged, Erica Righard, Lund: Studentlitteratur AB, 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 70.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Under the rainbow: migration, precarity and people power in post-apartheid South Africa2016In: Politics of precarity: migrant conditions, struggles and experiences / [ed] Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Martin Bak Jørgensen, Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, 276-315 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 71.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Bak Jørgensen, Martin
    Ålborg Universitet, Denmark.
    An Introduction to the Special Issue. Politics of Precarity: Migrant Conditions, Struggles and Experiences2016In: Critical Sociology, ISSN 0896-9205, E-ISSN 1569-1632, Vol. 42, no 7-8, 947-958 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The current special issue examines the range and strength of analysing contemporary transformations and struggles through the lens of ‘precarity’. Rather than defining a single precariat, the interest is in exploring ‘varieties of precarity’. These take different forms in different parts of the world, on different scales and in different socio-economic contexts, and yet they share certain characteristics in terms of conditions and capacity for agency. Contributions to this volume testify that precarity may be a political proposition as much as a sociological category that offers an analytical description of current transformations. The selection of articles has the ‘politics of precarity’ as a frame of reference. It describes the political economy of neoliberal globalization producing institutionally embedded precarization of labour, livelihoods and citizenship, but also resistance against the systemic structuration within which it is embedded.

  • 72.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Bak Jørgensen, Martin
    Department of Culture and Global Studies CoMID - Center for the Study of Migration and Diversity, Aalborg Universitet, Danmark.
    From ‘Social Exclusion’ to ‘Precarity’. The becoming-migrant of labour: an introduction2016In: Politics of precarity: migrant conditions, struggles and experiences / [ed] Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Martin Bak Jørgensen, Leiden & Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2016, 1, 1-29 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 73.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Dahlstedt, Magnus
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Social Work. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Bortom den svenska modellen?2016In: Utbildning, arbete, medborgarskap: strategier för social inkludering i den mångkulturella staden / [ed] Magnus Dahlstedt, Fredrik Hertzberg, Susanne Urban, Aleksandra Ålund, Umeå: Borea , 2016, 3, 27-56 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 74.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Hansen, Peo
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Castles, Stephen
    The University of Sydney, Australia.
    Understanding the dual crisis2015In: Migration and Social Policy / [ed] Jenny Phillimore, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, 199-221 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 75.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Munck, Ronaldo
    Civic Engagement, Dublin City University, Ireland.
    Likić-Brborić, Branka
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Neergaard, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, NISAL - National Institute for the Study of Ageing and Later Life. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Introduction: Migration, Precarity and Global Governance: Challenges and Opportunities for Labour2015In: Migration, Precarity and Global Governance: Challenges and Opportunities for Labour / [ed] Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Ronaldo Munck, Branka Likić-Brborić & Anders Neergaard, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, 1, 1-29 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This introductory editorial chapter paints the background to current issues of international migration, unfree labour, racialization, and changing frameworks of citizenship. The theoretical basis for this chapter is drawn from a modified view of the writings of Karl Polanyi. Using the notion of ‘precarity’ as a central concept, the editors analyse the prospects for a contemporary ‘double movement’ which challenges the commodification of labour under conditions of neoliberal globalization. The introduction summarizes and discusses the content of the book’s fifteen chapters in the light of this perspective, and posits a discussion of human rights as a stratagem for today’s labour movements. It makes a case for bringing the labour movement back in, through debates on migration, migrants’ working conditions, the organization of labour, and the utopia of social justice in a post-neoliberal era.

  • 76.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Scarpa, Simone
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    How the Swedish model was (almost) lost: migration, welfare and the politics of solidarity2017In: Reimagineering the Nation. : essays on Twenty First Century Sweden / [ed] Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Anders Neergaard, Bern Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 41-83 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter analyses the shift from an expansive Swedish welfare state with full employment as its paramount priority to an austerity-driven neoliberal model subordinating social and employment policies to the goals of inflation control and debt reduction. The authors discuss implications of this for rising inequality and social exclusion, with a focus on the Swedish welfare state in general and immigration and integration policies in particular.

  • 77.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Urban, Susanne
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Social exkludering: ett beskuret medborgarskap2016In: Utbildning, arbete, medborgarskap: strategier för social inkludering i den mångetniska staden / [ed] Magnus Dahlstedt, Fredrik Hertzberg, Susanne Urban, Aleksandra Ålund, Umeå: Borea , 2016, 3, 57-78 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 78.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Ålund, Aleksandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The end of swedish exceptionalism?: citizenship, neoliberalism and the politics of exclusion2016In: Citizens at heart?: perspectives on integration of refugees in the EU after the Yugoslav wars of succession / [ed] Li Bennich-Björkman, Roland Kostic, Branka Likic-Brbooric, Uppsala: Hugo Valentin Centre, Uppsala universitet , 2016, 191-213 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 79.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Ålund, Aleksandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Kings, Lisa
    Södertörns högskola.
    Reading the Stockholm riots: a moment of social justice?2017In: Reimagineering the nation: essays on twenty-first-century Sweden / [ed] Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Anders Neergaard, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 327-350 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter discusses the 2013 riots in Stockholm in the perspective of a range of urban rebellions in disadvantaged metropolitan neighbourhoods of the North-Atlantic region of the past three decades of neoliberal transformation. the authors examine consequences of securitisation and police repression, institutional racism, the corrosion of citizenship an the structuring of inequality in swedish cities and they ask whether the Stockholm uprising could possibly open space for new political voices.

  • 80.
    Schierup, Carl-Ulrik
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Ålund, Aleksandra
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Neergaard, Anders
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Reimagineering the nation: crisis and social transformation in 21st century Sweden : an introduction2017In: Reimagineering the nation: essays on twenty-first-century Sweden / [ed] Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup, Anders Neergaard, Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, 9-37 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
  • 81.
    Sommers, Jeffrey
    et al.
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA.
    Woolfson, CharlesLinköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The contraditions of austerity: the socio-economic costs of the neoliberal Baltic model2014Collection (editor) (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The great financial crisis of 2008 and the ensuing global economic and financial turmoil have launched a search for ‘models’ for recovery. The advocates of austerity present the Baltic states as countries that, through discipline and sacrifice, showed the way out of crisis. They have proposed the ‘Baltic model’ of radical public sector cuts, wage reductions, labor market reforms and reductions in living standards for other troubled eurozone countries to emulate. Yet, the reality of the Baltic ‘austerity fix’ has been neither fully accepted by its peoples, nor is it fully a success. This book explains why and what are the real social and economic costs of the Baltic austerity model.

    We examine each of the Baltic states by connecting national-level studies within a European and global political economy, thereby delivering comparative breadth that supersedes localized understandings of the crisis. Thus, for each of the three Baltic states, individual chapters explore the different economic and social dimensions of neoliberal post-communism, and the subsequent wider global economic and financial crisis in which these new open-market economies have found themselves especially vulnerable. The ‘austerity model’ adopted by Baltic national governments in response to the crisis reveals the profound vulnerabilities created by their unwavering commitment to free market solutions, not least in terms of the significant ‘exit’ of their labor forces.

    Today ‘recovery’ appears to be on the horizon. We look beyond basic financial metrics claiming a success story for the Baltic austerity model to reveal the damaging economic and social consequences, first of neoliberal policies adopted during transition, and latterly of austerity measures based on ‘internal devaluation.’ Combined, these policies undermine the possibility of longer-term recovery, and even social and economic sustainability, not to mention successful integration in the now-faltering wider European project.

  • 82.
    Sommers, Jeffrey
    et al.
    University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin, USA.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Juska, Arunas
    Univeristy of East Carolina, NC, USA.
    Austerity as a global prescription and lessons from the neoliberal Baltic experiment2014In: Economic and Labour Relations Review, ISSN 1035-3046, E-ISSN 1838-2673, Vol. 25, no 3, 397-416 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article analyses the 2008 economic crisis and its outcomes for the Baltic states. It then gives a genealogy of European economic policy responses to the crisis, tracing them from the emerging ‘freshwater’ school of economics (e.g. University of Chicago) that arose in opposition to Keynesian theory. The more immediate cause of the 2008 crisis, long in the making, was its reliance on private debt to sustain economic demand in light of profit-enhancing wage suppression. Following the 2008 financial shock, European Union policymakers crafted policy that placed the burden of adjustment on labour. A programme of austerity was chosen in much of the European Union, at odds with the post-war European ‘social model’. This represented a retreat from the notion of a European project that encouraged liberalisation of economic policy but at the same time could be harmonised with a social dimension to create a distinctive ‘Social Europe’. Nowhere was this austerity more vigorously applied than in the Baltic states. Its effects are examined here, along with lessons to be derived from that experience.

  • 83.
    Thörnqvist, Christer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Upphandlingar och nerköp : Om lagstadgad social dumpning i byggnadsbranschen –ett debattinlägg2012Report (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
  • 84.
    Thörnqvist, Christer
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    When tender turns tough: posted workers and the tendering regime in the Swedish construction industry2012In: Construction Management and Economics, ISSN 0144-6193, E-ISSN 1466-433X, Vol. 30, no 7, 525-533 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The outcome of the so-called Laval case and related judgments of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has led to a debate about the future of the European social model. Although several analyses have focused on the downside of the judgments, in particular on the risk of ‘wage dumping’, one important but overlooked aspect is the connection to tendering regimes. This lacuna is crucial to labour recruitment practices in the construction industry because of the important role of public authorities as buyers of large construction services within the European Union. The research question is whether rigidity in how public authorities are required to tender contracts strengthens downward pressure on wages and induces a deterioration in working conditions. Case study material from Sweden is used in the context of extensive previous research and preliminary findings from an ongoing research project. Because of the short time span since the rulings of the ECJ there is only anecdotal evidence for establishing a mutually reinforcing connection between the system for awarding tenders in Swedish construction and the wider impacts of Laval on the labour market. Nevertheless, new evidence suggests that labour recruitment and human resource management practices are being shaped by a tendering regime governed by requirements of ‘cost flexibility’.

  • 85.
    Tibajev, Andrey
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO – Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Utrikes födda på arbetsmarknaden i Sverige: en forskningsöversikt2016Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [sv]

    Denna forskningsöversikt har tagits fram på uppdrag av Försäkringskassan, för att stödja myndigheten i att utveckla sitt samarbete med andra aktörer i arbetet med att stödja utrikes föddas integration på arbetsmarknaden, och i och med ett ökat  arbetsmarknadsdeltagande minska risken för sjukskrivning för gruppen. Syftet med rapporten är att sammanställa tillgänglig internationellt publicerad forskning om utrikes föddas förutsättningar på svensk arbetsmarknad, samt studier av utrikes föddas hälsa och användande av välfärdssystemet i relation till arbetsmarknaden.

    Rapporten har skrivits av Andrey Tibajev vid Institutet för forskning om migration, etnicitet och samhälle (REMESO) vid Linköpings universitet, i dialog med Christian Ståhl vid Rikscentrum för arbetslivsinriktad rehabilitering, Institutionen för medicin och hälsa, Linköpings universitet.

  • 86.
    Tshabalala, Xolani
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Hyenas of the Limpopo: The Social Politics of Undocumented Movement Across South Africa’s Border with Zimbabwe2017Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    An increasing number of people today cross the Beitbridge border of South Africa and Zimbabwe. This comes with a corresponding growth of creative strategies that seek to aid the crossing of those people and goods that may lack the necessary documentation. Such ‘informal’ border crossings have come to define one of the important economic regions in Southern Africa, the post-1994 Limpopo Valley.

    This thesis approaches routine acts of facilitating undocumented border crossings as an everyday social politics with deep historical roots. By use of archival and ethnographic methods, the thesis examines the social history and embodied practices of a variety of actors who engage in undocumented border crossings. A particular focus is placed on the role of private transporters (omalayitsha), who represent an important link between an exclusionary and yet fragmentary migration regime and undocumented travellers. In three theoretical and four empirical chapters, and inspired by border studies as well as the critical realist approach in migration studies, the thesis connects border practice to irregular movement and cheap labour within a regional context defined, in part, by dispossession. Through thick interpretations of the lived experience of border practice, the study also connects such political economic processes (e.g. migrant irregularity, labour precarity and economic informality) to questions of social identity and migrant subjectivities.

    By situating the figure of the hyena at the centre of Southern African border struggles, the thesis invents an analytical concept that serves both an empirical and a theoretical task. Empirically, it enables a synthetic understanding of how everyday contestations around the possibility to work across the border for low-skill migrants have been interacting, through time, with broader processes of capital accumulation to partly shape the region’s migrant labour system. Theoretically, it shows how facilitation of undocumented border crossings calls for new sociological models that can account for processes that escape binary classification (as formal or informal, inclusive or exclusive, legal or illegal, ordered or disordered), thus contributing to a better understanding of the role of migration in the contemporary world. 

  • 87.
    Vesterberg, Viktor
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Ethnicizing Employability: Governing the Unemployed in Labour Market Projects in Sweden2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The dissertation analyzes labour market projects co-financed by the European Social Fund (ESF) targeting unemployed migrants and ethnicized groups. The analysis is qualitative, discourse-oriented and based on Foucault’s concept of governmentality. More specifically, it is highlighted how the target groups are ethnicized through discourses of employability and learning. The thesis consists of four articles. In the first three articles, focus is mainly on how the projects present themselves through their project descriptions in the ESF project bank and the fourth article is mainly based on ethnographic material. Overall, this dissertation highlights different aspects of inclusion work directed towards migrants and ethnicized target groups that can be seen as problematic and sometimes contradictory. Tendencies to individualize unemployment and thus positioning the unemployed project participants as responsible for their situation is interrogated in the thesis. Further, it is analyzed how culture and ethnicity is used in ways that are likely to strengthen the target groups ‘Otherness’ in relation to a ‘Swedishness’ that often become synonymous with what is perceived as normal and thus widening the gap between ‘us’ and ‘them’ when the stated goal is the opposite. This dissertation can serve as a starting point to reflect on how inclusion efforts and labour market projects seeking to produce social inclusion and employability may be at risk to categorize people in different ways, which can sometimes be problematic in relation to what the efforts seek to achieve.

  • 88.
    Willén, Julia
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Jonsson, Stefan
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Writing history for an uncertain future: concluding remarks2017In: Austere histories in European societies: social exclusion and the contest of colonial memories / [ed] Stefan Jonsson, Julia Willén, London: Routledge, 2017, 182-194 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Following the failure of Europe to confront its supressed colonial past on a general level, the colonial wound continues to repeat itself. In the present, this wound is manifested as a colonial divide that separates postcolonial citizens, indigenes, and migrants from majority Europeans. In this concluding chapter, we argue that this inequality is being sanctioned by hegemonic history writing, as well as being maintained, or even aggravated, by the current ideological conditions of austerity. Against a horizon of an austere future, and as an alternative to the austere histories that are critically examined in this volume, we here suggest a historiography that takes its point of departure in this wound: how the colonial past transformed Europe and thus is preserved as an integral part of the present and its future.

  • 89.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Migration, austerity and new challenges to social sustainability in the Baltic States: A conversation with Charles Woolfson2013In: Immigration in times of emigration: Challenges and opportunities of migration and mobility in the Baltic Sea Region / [ed] Anna Horgby and Veronica Nordlund, Stockholm: Global utmaning , 2013, 1, 19-25 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    Without immigration, populations across all the Baltic Sea states shrink. What happens when demographic pressures push countries of previously and persistently high emigration to rethink their immigration policies? In the Baltic Sea region, immigration still constitutes a largely unused resource for development and strengthened competitiveness. We have to start viewing human migration and mobility as the resources for welfare improvement that they have the potential to be. But in order to tap into this resource, it is crucial to manage the challenges associated with migration, mobility and integration.This report captures a selection of some of the most thought-provoking expert contributions to the project "Migration as part of a policy for increased competitiveness" - a collaboration of think tanks and research institutes working with issues of migration and integration in the Baltic Sea region. In eleven chapters that refl ect the wealth and range of knowledge that has been shared and discussed in the course of this project, the report covers themes such as multiculturalism, the dangers of austerity politics, and the Europeanisation of migration policy. It also gives an accessible overview of recent developments in migration and integration policy in the Baltic States, Sweden and Poland."I applaud this endeavour to promote cooperation and increased understanding of the Baltic Sea region"s migration and integration challenges and opportunities ahead."Jan Niessen, Director of the Migration Policy Group, Brussels

  • 90.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    PREVENTABLE DISASTERS IN THE OFFSHORE OIL INDUSTRY: FROM PIPER ALPHA TO DEEPWATER HORIZON2012In: NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, ISSN 1048-2911, E-ISSN 1541-3772, Vol. 22, no 4, 497-524 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This article compares two industrial disasters in the offshore oil industry, the explosion and fire on Piper Alpha off the coast of Scotland in 1988, the world’s worst offshore disaster, and the blowout and explosions on Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. It attempts to answer a simple question: Given the enormity of the first tragedy and the careful analysis of its circumstances and causes, why were the lessons of previous failure not learned by this globally organized industry, in the very heartland in the United States? The answer tells us much about the ability of corporate capital to configure regulatory regimes in its own interests and to do so in a manner that continues to threaten the safety and well-being of its employees and the wider environment.

  • 91.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Safety failures the offshore oil industry: From Piper Alpha to Deepwater Horizon2013In: Safety or Profit? : International Studies in Governance, Change and the Work Environment / [ed] Theo Nichols and David Walters, Amytyville, New York: Baywood Publishing Company, Inc., 2013, 1, 181-203 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    As the title Safety or Profit? suggests, health and safety at work needs to be understood in the context of the wider political economy. This book brings together contributions informed by this view from internationally recognized scholars. It reviews the governance of health and safety at work, with special reference to Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Three main aspects are discussed. The restructuring of the labor market: this is considered with respect to precarious work and to gender issues and their implications for the health and safety of workers. The neoliberal agenda: this is examined with respect to the diminished power of organized labor, decriminalization, and new governance theory, including an examination of how well the health-and-safety-at-work regimes put in place in many industrial societies about forty years ago have fared and how distinctive the recent emphasis on self-regulation in several countries really is. The role of evidence: there is a dearth of evidence-based policy. The book examines how policy on health and safety at work is formulated at both company and state levels. Cases considered include the scant regard paid to evidence by an official inquiry into future strategy in Canada; the lack of evidence-based policy and the reluctance to observe the precautionary principle with respect to work-related cancer in the United Kingdom; and the failure to learn from past mistakes in the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.  Intended Audience: Researchers; policymakers, trade union representatives, and officials interested in OHS; postgraduate students of OHS; OHS professionals; regulatory and socio-legal scholars.

  • 92.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The Economic Crisis, Austerity, and Migration: Exploring the Failed Trajectory of Neoliberal Post-Communism2012In: Socioeconomic Outcomes of the Global Financial Crisis: Theoretical Discussion and Empirical Case Studies / [ed] Ulrike Schuerkens, Routledge, 2012, 1, 38-64 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    This chapter ethnographically explores popular responses to the impacts of the global economic and financial crisis in Lithuania. It analyzes emergent “discourses of discontent” resulting from the collapse of mass living standards and expectations with its onset. It suggests that the failure of “voice,” as manifested in expressions of popular discontent and social dialogue, will result in the migratory “exit” of many of the disillusioned and increasingly desperate population. The impact of the crisis is all the more severe given previously burgeoning economic growth and rising expectations. Post-communist states such as Lithuania, having embraced a neo-liberal path of rapid economic transition to the free market, with minimal regard to considerations of social justice, now face gathering popular discontent and social turbulence.

  • 93.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The future of the construction industry: A Baltic view2012In: Construction Labour Research News, ISSN 1997-1745, no 4, 30-33 p.Article in journal (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This is a short contribution (an essay, a scenario, a vision paper) about the future of the building industry in Europe. It suggests that by the year 2020 there will have been a radical recalibrating of labour rights across the European space, in the name of restoring flexibility in the labour market and competitive dynamism to the European economy, and is a ‘warning parable’.

  • 94.
    Woolfson, Charles
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    The Politics of Brexit: European Free Movement of Labourand Labour Standards2017Report (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This paper attempts to reassess the Brexit debate in the UK over immigration and free movement of labour in terms of the politics of austerity. It advances a progressive case for Brexit based on regaining national sovereignty to enable the effective defence of national labour standards outside of the neoliberal European project. The issue of labour standards is a cause that paradoxically the current Conservative administration has sought to champion, although on a highly contestable basis. In the UK general election of 2017, the Labour Party has significantly advanced its position on the basis of an anti-austerity program while the Conservative government has entered into a likely terminal crisis. It is argued that rejecting membership of the supranational European Union has the potential to advance labour rights further in an inclusive and non-xenophobic way.

  • 95.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Fudge, Judy
    University of Kent, UK.
    Thörnqvist, Christer
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Migrant precarity and future challenges to labour standards in Sweden2014In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 35, no 4, 695-715 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Fears of a ‘race to the bottom’ in labour standards may have been overstated. Nevertheless, using Sweden as a case study, it is argued that the diminished capacity of trade unions to defend labour standards following the Laval judgement of the European Court of Justice, together with a decline in trade union density, a limited remit of enforcement authorities and recent changes to the Swedish labour migration regime, may have detrimental impacts on labour standards, particularly in low-skill low-wage occupations. In combination, these developments are creating new spaces for migrant precariousness within the context of a formerly well-regulated Swedish labour market model.

  • 96.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Herzfeld Olsson, Petra
    Department of Law, University of Uppsala, Sweden.
    Thörnqvist, Christer
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Forced Labour and Migrant BerryPickers in Sweden2012In: International Journal of Comparative Labour Law and Industrial Relations, ISSN 0952-617X, E-ISSN 1875-838X, Vol. 28, no 2, 147-167 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Groups of migrant berry pickers arriving annually in Sweden from both Asia and the newer European Union Member States have been subject to exploitation over the years. The problem appears to persist in spite of public and international concern and successive regulatory reforms. An examination of this problem from a forced labour perspective suggests inadequate implementation and application of international norms in Swedish law, as well as deficiencies in the application of criminal-law and in regulatory oversight. Policy recommendations regarding the labour conditions for seasonal migrant workers in Sweden are put forward.

  • 97.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Juska, Arunas
    University of East Carolina, USA.
    Austerity era policing, protest and passivity in Lithuania2014In: Urban (In)Security: Policing the Neoliberal Crisis / [ed] Volker Eik and Kendra Briken, Ottowa: Red Quill Publications , 2014, 1, 294-322 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    During the global crisis, in Lithuania the centralization of the police force accelerated as locally accountable and more community-oriented municipal police units came under the direct control and supervision of the national police headquarters. Centralization of command and control went hand in hand with policies strengthening the military ethos of police, manifested in military-style deployments resulting in the supression of popular 'voice' in mass demonstrations and increasing propensities to 'exit' among the discontented population.

  • 98.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Juska, Arunas
    East Carolina University, USA.
    Neoliberal Austerity and Corporate Crime: The collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia2014In: NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, ISSN 1048-2911, E-ISSN 1541-3772, Vol. 24, no 2, 129-152 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The roof collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia on November 21, 2013 left 54 dead. This analysis identifies the disaster as a “safety crime.” Neoliberal deregulatory measures, intensified by the global economic and financial crisis and a programme of radical austerity, together with corporate and state disregard of public safety and well-being, combined to produce the disaster. The wider context and underlying causes of catastrophic safety failure exemplify the inherently contradictory character of the neoliberal “Baltic model” of austerity, recently much in vogue with international policymakers in both Europe and the United States. The authors conclude that the current renewed drive by the European Commission towards reducing regulation for business, especially in the aftermath of the crisis, further justifies longstanding anti-regulatory preferences of neoliberal domestic elites, with the result that the costs of disregard for public safety are externalized onto the general populace.

  • 99.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Juska, Arunas
    University of East Carolina, NC, USA.
    Postscript: a very Baltic tragedy - the collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia2014In: The contraditions of austerity: the socio-economic costs of the neoliberal Baltic model / [ed] Jeffrey Sommers and Charles Woolfson, London and New York: Routledge, 2014, 149-173 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The roof collapse of the Maxima supermarket in Riga, Latvia on November 21, 2013 left 54 dead. This analysis identifies the disaster as a “safety crime.” Neoliberal deregulatory measures, intensified by the global economic and financial crisis and a programme of radical austerity, together with corporate and state disregard of public safety and well-being, combined to produce the disaster. The wider context and underlying causes of catastrophic safety failure exemplify the inherently contradictory character of the neoliberal “Baltic model” of austerity, recently much in vogue with international policymakers in both Europe and the United States. The authors conclude that the current renewed drive by the European Commission towards reducing regulation for business, especially in the aftermath of the crisis, further justifies longstanding anti-regulatory preferences of neoliberal domestic elites, with the result that the costs of disregard for public safety are externalized onto the general populace.

  • 100.
    Woolfson, Charles
    et al.
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Mesic, Nedzad
    Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
    Roma berry pickers in Sweden: Economic crisis and new contingents of the austeriat2015In: Transfer - European Review of Labour and Research, ISSN 1024-2589, E-ISSN 1996-7284, Vol. 21, no 1, 37-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In the current era of austerity free movement of labour has produced an ongoing but also contingent flow of migrant labour, an austeriat, moving from poorer crisis-hit regions of Europe to those countries such as Sweden where the crisis has been less severe. This article describes the working and living experiences of Bulgarian Roma berry pickers in Sweden. It argues that, in the context of a previously well-regulated labour market, an erosion of labour standards based on the exploitation of seasonal unskilled labour migrants from Bulgaria is occurring in the Swedish berry industry, in turn posing challenges for labour market actors and regulatory authorities. The article concludes with a discussion of what might be appropriate European and national trade union responses to the issues of labour precariousness which have emerged.

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