Den första akademiska boken på engelska om ras och Sverige kommer ut i april nästa år

Idag blev det officiellt att den första akademiska boken på engelska (d v s en s k monografi) som handlar om ras och Sverige (och som inte handlar om den svenska extremhögern eller om den historiska svenska kolonialismen och rasbiologin) kommer ut på det brittiska akademiska bokförlaget Routledge i april 2023. Boken är samförfattad av Catrin Lundström vid Linköpings universitet, Peter Wikström vid Karlstads universitet och mig själv och handlar om hur Sveriges och svenskarnas förhållningssätt till ras och vithet har sett ut sedan efterkrigstiden liksom hur frågor om rasism och antirasism behandlas och betraktas i dagens Sverige.

Race in Sweden is an introduction to, and a critical investigation of, the Swedish relationship to race in the post-war and contemporary era. This relationship is fundamentally shaped by an ideology of colourblindness, with any kind of race talk being taboo in public discourse and everyday language use, and in practice forbidden in official and institutional language.

A study of a country which was until recently strikingly white but has become extremely diverse, yet where the legacy of Swedish whiteness co-exists with a radical, colourblind, antiracist ideology, Race in Sweden will appeal to scholars across the social sciences and humanities with interests in race and ethnicity, whiteness and Nordic studies.

Table of Contents

1. The modern history of Swedish whiteness and Swedish race relations

2. The emergence and development of the world’s first colourblind nation

3. The Swedish N-issue, Swedish N’s and white transracial identifications

4. Non-white adoptees and a new relationship between race and Swedishness

5. Swedish whiteness as white terror and non-white rage in antiracist Sweden

6. When colourblindness runs amok: The Swedish debate on equality data


Tobias Hübinette has a PhD in Korean studies and is a reader in intercultural education and a senior lecturer in intercultural studies and Swedish as a second language at Karlstad University, Sweden. He is engaged with Korean adoption studies and critical adoption studies, migration studies and Asian Swedish studies, and Swedish critical race and whiteness studies and he has published several books and other publications within these research fields both in Korean, English and Swedish.

Catrin Lundström is associate professor of sociology and professor designate in ethnicity and migration studies at the Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society (REMESO) at Linköping University. She holds a PhD in sociology from Uppsala University and has been a visiting researcher at University of Arizona and at University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of several books and articles within the fields of transnational migration, critical race and whiteness studies, ethnography, and gender studies.

Peter Wikström is associate senior lecturer in English Linguistics at Karlstad University, Sweden. He is a discourse analyst specialising in online and social media discourse, as well as in the areas of language and gender, language and politics, and language and ideology, in both Swedish-language and Anglophone contexts. His research has touched on topics such as race and racism, political correctness, public apologies, and metadiscourse. In addition to publishing in these areas, he teaches courses in applied linguistics and discourse analysis.

”Europeans claim that racial thinking ended in the continent after WWII, the Holocaust and decolonization. Hübinette, Lundström, and Wikström challenge this myth by examining the most extreme case of racial innocence in Europe – Sweden. Relying on an impressive array of sources, cases, and historical material, they convincingly show that behind the Swedes’ self-proclaimed color-blindness lies a white racial regime. This book serves as a clear, empirical correction to the color-blind nonsense so many in Sweden believe in.”
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, Professor of Sociology, Duke University, US