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"Invandrarfilm" som ideologisk och kulturell praktik
Umeå universitet.
2006 (Swedish)In: Sociologisk forskning, ISSN 0038-0342, Vol. 43, no 3, 22-40 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The main objective of this article is to summarise three theoretical perspectives in order to explain the most common way ‘immigrants’ are represented in Swedish films during the last 30 years - 1970-2000. On the one hand ‘the immigrant’ is represented as sympathetic, which I interpret as an anti-racist counter discourse. On the otherhand most of the films also, in accordance with the dominant discourse, represent ‘the immigrant’ as fundamentally different. ‘The immigrant’ is used as a tool in different internal and historically specific political debates to embody the solution to the conflicts experienced in society at large. One main conclusion is that the films reproduce and challenge dominant discourses at the same time; they can be seen as both reproductive and subversive practices. When modern urban society is criticized, ‘the immigrant’s’ role is to represent values belonging to the traditional society. ‘The immigrant’ can thereby be said to represent an utopian desire, insofar as s/he and his/her culture are constructed as the positive opposite of what is seen as negative in Swedish society during a specific historical period.

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Sveriges Sociologförbund , 2006. Vol. 43, no 3, 22-40 p.
Keyword [en]
film analysis, representation, postcolonial theory, immigrants, ethnicity, discourse analysis
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Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-24352OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-24352DiVA: diva2:1074738
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