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Pluralistic Struggles in Gender, Sexuality and Coloniality

Challenging Swedish Exceptionalism

  • Erika Alm
  • Linda Berg
  • Mikela Lundahl Hero
  • Anna Johansson
  • Pia Laskar
  • Lena Martinsson
  • Diana Mulinari
  • Cathrin Wasshede
  • Draws on forms of political engagement that deviate from the conventional and the institutionalized

  • Focuses on the emergent, “in between” places and states of “disbelonging” that meaningfully challenge the established hegemonic order

  • Imagines new forms of political life that especially take their bearings from those who have been marginalized and silenced

Palgrave Macmillan
Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Erika Alm, Linda Berg, Mikela Lundahl Hero, Anna Johansson, Pia Laskar, Lena Martinsson et al.
    Pages 1-18 Open Access
  3. Despina Tzimoula, Diana Mulinari
    Pages 239-268 Open Access
  4. Linda Berg, Anna Johansson, Pia Laskar, Lena Martinsson, Diana Mulinari, Cathrin Wasshede
    Pages 269-297 Open Access
  5. Erika Alm, Linda Berg, Mikela Lundahl Hero, Anna Johansson, Pia Laskar, Lena Martinsson et al.
    Pages 299-306 Open Access
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 307-316

About this book


This open access book seeks to understand how politics is being made in a pluralistic sense, and explores how these political struggles are challenging and transforming gender, sexuality, and colonial norms. As researchers located in Sweden, a nation often cited as one of the most gender-equal and LGBTQ-tolerant nations, the contributions investigate political processes, decolonial struggles, and events beyond, nearby, and in between organizations, states, and national territories. The collection represents a variety of disciplines, and different theoretical conceptualizations of politics, feminist theory, and postcolonial and queer studies. Students and researchers with an interest of queer studies, gender studies, critical whiteness studies, and civil society studies will find this book an invaluable resource. 


communities of belonging homonationalism femonationalism decoloniality intersectionality transnationalism Open Access gender and sexuality

Editors and affiliations

  • Erika Alm
    • 1
  • Linda Berg
    • 2
  • Mikela Lundahl Hero
    • 3
  • Anna Johansson
    • 4
  • Pia Laskar
    • 5
  • Lena Martinsson
    • 6
  • Diana Mulinari
    • 7
  • Cathrin Wasshede
    • 8
  1. 1.Department of Cultural SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Umeå Centre for Gender StudiesUmeå UniversityUmeåSweden
  3. 3.School of Global StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  4. 4.Division of Social Work and Social PedagogyUniversity WestTrollhättanSweden
  5. 5.Department of Research and CollectionsNational Historical Museums of SwedenStockholmSweden
  6. 6.Department of Cultural SciencesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  7. 7.Department of Gender StudiesUniversity of LundLundSweden
  8. 8.Department of Sociology and Work ScienceUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

About the editors

Erika Alm, Associate Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Linda Berg, Associate Professor, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS), Umeå University, Sweden.


Mikela Lundahl Hero, Senior Lecturer, School of Global Studies, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. 


Anna Johansson, Senior Lecturer, Division of Social Work and Social Pedagogy, University West, Sweden.


Pia Laskar, Associate Professor, Department of Research and Collections, National Historical Museums of Sweden.


Lena Martinsson, Professor, Department of Cultural Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.


Diana Mulinari, Professor, Department of Gender Studies, University of Lund, Sweden.


Cathrin Wasshede, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg , Sweden. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Pluralistic Struggles in Gender, Sexuality and Coloniality
  • Book Subtitle Challenging Swedish Exceptionalism
  • Editors Erika Alm
    Linda Berg
    Mikela Lundahl Hero
    Anna Johansson
    Pia Laskar
    Lena Martinsson
    Diana Mulinari
    Cathrin Wasshede
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2021
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-47431-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-47434-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-47432-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 316
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Gender and Sexuality
    Queer Theory
    Politics and Gender
    Culture and Gender


“There is a hegemonic narrative of Sweden as an exemplary and exceptional feminist nation-state, one that exists in a secular, migrant-friendly, and market-friendly, liberal democracy. Yet this narrative’s racial and religious exclusions and conflicts – of which there are many – have led feminists and LGBTQ activists to question the terms of normative belonging, and to probe the tensions and frictions of contemporary Sweden. This necessary and powerful collection of essays reveals both the exclusions of this exceptionalist national narrative, one that the editors and authors trenchantly term ‘neocolonial,’ and the demands of feminist, queer and trans artists, researchers, migrants, and activists striving to produce lives that think a different Sweden: of communities that are plural, transnational, multi-racial, transformative, radical and ever-changing.” — Inderpal Grewal, Professor Emerita, Yale University, USA