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Martin Seeleib-Kaiser and Frans Pennings

Social rights are highly contested and historically were closely linked to the establishment of nation states. Freedom of movement and the introduction of EU citizenship have eroded the sovereignty of EU Member States in limiting access to social rights to their citizens. In this chapter we introduce the main issues associated with intra-EU migration and social rights as well as provide an overview of the book.

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Edited by Frans Pennings and Martin Seeleib-Kaiser

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Edited by Gary P. Freeman and Nikola Mirilovic

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Christina Boswell

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Gary P. Freeman and Nikola Mirilovic

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Edited by Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel and Klaus Petersen

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Edited by Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel and Klaus Petersen

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Pauli Kettunen, Sonya Michel and Klaus Petersen

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Maribel Morey

Scholars have long assumed that Swedish economist Gunnar Myrdal had no prior knowledge of black Americans when he went to the USA to collect data for the two-volume study An American Dilemma. This chapter argues, however, that Myrdal was hardly a blank slate when he arrived, nor was his conclusion – that Americans’ racial differences were caused by environmental factors such as discrimination, and that if white Americans changed their behaviour to live up to their egalitarian ideals, black Americans would take on the values, culture and traits of the dominant race – solely the result of the data he and his team of researchers collected between 1938 and 1942. Instead, the analysis of population quality in mid 1930s Sweden that he had developed with his wife Alva informed his approach, as did the concept of the American Creed, which was the centrepiece of the propagandistic book that the couple wrote in early 1940s Sweden.