A contradiction in terms? migrant activists in the Sweden Democrats party

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Right-wing, xenophobic and racist parties have enjoyed immense successes in Europe in recent decades. In Sweden, the third-largest party in Parliament is the Sweden Democrats (SD), with 13% in the 2014 general election. Sympathy for the SD among foreign-born Swedish citizens, both women and men, is far lower than among Sweden-born men, but an increasing number of Swedish citizens with migrant backgrounds support the party. The aim of this article is to explore the subject positions open for citizens with migrant background in the Swedish public space with special focus on the identities and worldviews developed by migrant activists who have joined the SD party and are, to differing degrees, racialised and perceived as non-Swedish. Using the concept of migrant respectability, this research is intended to understand why and under what circumstances migrants chose to join and represent a xenophobic and racist party.


External organisations
  • Linköping University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • International Migration and Ethnic Relations
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • belonging, gender, Migrants, racism, respectability, Sweden Democrats
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-240
Number of pages19
Issue number2
Early online date2018 Feb 2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication categoryResearch