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Contesting Kurdish Identities in Sweden

Quest for Belonging among Middle Eastern Youth

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About this book


Contesting Kurdish Identities in Sweden sheds light on the day-to-day strategies of accommodation and resistance that Kurdish youth use in the face exclusive narratives and structures of belonging and citizenship regimes in the Middle-East and Sweden.


belonging conflict Nation nationalism social justice

About the authors

Barzoo Eliassi is a researcher at the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University, Sweden.

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"Having played a decisive role in the evolution of the Kurdish issue in the Middle East throughout the 1980s, the Kurdish diaspora has produced its own political, cultural, generational, and class dynamics. Based on highly sophisticated fieldwork conducted in Sweden, Barzoo Eliassi's book suggests, however, that this diaspora has today been reconfigured by new types of social and juridical inequalities that emerge within the 'host' societies." - Hamit Bozarslan, Director of Studies, L'École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), France

"Discussing Kurdish youth in Sweden, Barzoo Eliassi highlights in a profound and original way how opposing ideological frameworks like multiculturalism and nationalism affect identity, political visibility, and claims for equal citizenship among Kurdish youth in both Middle Eastern and Swedish contexts." - Aleksandra Ålund, Professor, REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden

"This book is an important contribution to the growing field of Kurdish studies, and it provides significant insights of relevance to ethnic and migration studies more broadly." - Östen Wahlbeck, Senior Lecturer, University of Helsinki, Finland

"A must-read for anyone with an interest in issues of identity, citizenship, statelessness, nationalism, and the politics of inclusion/exclusion." - Welat Zeydanlioglu, Coordinator, Kurdish Studies Network, Editor, Kurdish Studies Journal, Sweden