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Aleksandra Ålund, Carl-Ulrik Schierup and Lisa Kings

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