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Cecilia Ekström

Doctoral student

Cecilia Ekström
Doctoral student
+46 31 786 4462

Room number: E609c
Postal Address: Box 700, 40530 Göteborg
Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 41314 Göteborg

School of Global Studies (More Information)
Box 700
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address: Konstepidemins väg 2 , 405 30 Göteborg

About Cecilia Ekström

Areas of interest
Urban anthropology, migration and diversity, identity, stereotypes and territorial stigmatization.

Current research
Living with stereotypes in Swedish suburbia
This dissertation project explores how young men coming of ages in Swedish suburbia (i.e. territorially stigmatized and poor areas in the outskirts of cities, in Swedish usually referred to as Miljonprogram areas) develop conscious, as well as unconscious, strategies of resisting, subverting, negotiating and living with the stigmas that they are subjected to on a daily basis due to their background, appearance, and area of living. Through a close up ethnography these young men’s everyday life is described; their experiences of racialization, discrimination, poverty, and undue interference by the police, as well as their own individual and common reactions to these, to be analyzed in relation to effects on self-image, possible roles to take on in the society, as well as thoughts and plans for their own future.
The study aims to problematize, and hence also move beyond, the within this area of research ruling paradigm of social exclusion as a tool for understanding the life of young people in Swedish suburbia (as well as in other similar contexts in Western Europe and the U.S.) by placing focus on concepts less stigmatizing and of more direct relevance to these young person’s everyday life, such as stigmatization, discrimination and class - which does not entail a one-sided, and problem oriented, focus on these areas and its inhabitants, but more so concerns the relations between these areas and the majority population.

Field experience
Hässleholmen, a Swedish Miljonprogram area in Borås, 2007, 2012-2014.
North Philadelphia, US, 2010.

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