Chapter 9: Home-making: Youth and urban unrest in multi-ethnic Sweden
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Contemporary welfare state restructuring in Sweden has led to increased ethnic and residential segregation in larger cities but also to urban unrest. Following violent youth rebellions in the Swedish suburbs a plurality of new dialogue-oriented activist groups have emerged among youth, profiled as ‘urban justice movements’. They represent a grassroots mobilization that interconnects spatial segregation with social (in)justice, racism and welfare transformation in Swedish cities. The authors discuss agency, claims and the meaning of home-making among two generations of activists in multi-ethnic Swedish suburbia. They argue that the emergence of new urban justice movements as a public voice expresses politics in the making, relating the local with the national and connecting rights to the city with rights to home and belonging. Keywords: segregation, home, urban justice movements, youth, welfare state, citizenship

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