The reconfiguration of Swedish nationalism after the Syrian refugee ’crisis’

Research output: Contribution to specialist publication or newspaperSpecialist publication article


The “nativisation” of welfare provision implicitly accepts the SD’s redefinition of refugees as undeserving others and gives credence to its chauvinistic welfare policies. Not only does the restriction of entitlements to non-native Swedes effectively constitute a symbolic bordering practice that circumscribes a restrictive and nativistic understanding of national identity, where solidarity is reserved, not for the needy, but for the ‘true Swedes’, but also it is represented as ‘not quite enough’ by the SD who are intent to capitalize from the transformation of a symbolic binary us v them logic to an antagonism over scarce resources.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


  • Nationalism, racism, welfare nationalism, Sverige Democraterna
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publication or newspaperNya former av nationalism
PublisherGoethe Institut Schweden
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr
Publication categoryPopular science