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Partnerships, Anti-Discrimination and the Role of Immigrant Associations


The project focuses on the role of immigrant associations in combating discrimination. The project sets out from previous research indicating a need for a broader understanding of immigrant associations for the development of alternative strategies in education and the labor market, in order to advance the understanding of the conditions for partnerships between civil society, public and private sectors. The project examines partnership between public, private and voluntary actors through a qualitative study of Anti-Discrimination Agencies, (ADA) in Stockholm, run by immigrant associations. The efforts of the ADA to assist individuals who feel discriminated on the basis of gender, ethnic background etc., indicates the growing importance of ADA as actors in the field of social strategies for social inclusion. One of the preliminary findings indicates that activism among ADA as civil society organisations is based on delicate balancing between volunteer activism and adjustment to increasingly emphasized market exigency.


Civil society, Discrimination, Social exclusion/inclusion, migrant association, anti-discrimination


Dahlstedt, M., Ålund, A. & Ålund, A. (2010). Villkorat partnerskap: Demokrati och social inkludering i relationer mellan bildningsförbund och föreningar bildade på etnisk grund. Dansk Sociologi, 21 [4], 75-94
Mesic, N. & Ålund, A. (2011). Asymmetric Partnership: Migrant Organisations, Trade Unions and the Equality Ombudsman. Revija za sociologiju, Vol. 41, No. 1: 51-76
Schierup, C-U. & Ålund, A. (2010). Beyond Liberal Pluralism: Migration and Politics of Exclusion in Europe. TheMES: Themes on Migration and Ethnic Studies: occasional papers and reprints, 32/2010, REMESO, Linköping University
Ålund, A. & Alinia, M. (2011). I skuggan av kulturella stereotypier: Perspektiv på forskning om genus, jämställdhet och etniska relationer i Sverige, Sociologisk Forskning, no. 2, 2011 (in press).
Mesic, N. and A. Ålund (2011) "Asymmetric Partnership; Migrant organisations, Trade unions and Equality Ombudsman". Revija za sociologiju. Vol 41. No 1. pp.51-76.
Ålund, Aleksandra, Mesic Nedzad, Kings Lisa & Dahlstedt, Magnus (2013). Framing the mobilization of migrants in Sweden. Migration Letters. Sept 2013 Volume: 10, No: 3, pp. 277 - 287 ISSN: 1741-8984 & eISSN: 1741-8992

Other Academic Output

Ålund A. (2009). Keynote "From Paradoxes of Multiculturalism to Paradoxes of Liberalism" at the international conference Nation-State, Immigration and Cultural Pluralism. Moscow, 18-19 September
Ålund, A. (2010). Participation at the workshop Migration and Labour Union, Nicosia, April 23-24
Ålund, A. (2010). Participation at the workshop Migration and Labour: Comparative Perspective on Sweden, Turkey and South Africa, Istabul, September 16-18
Ålund A. (2013) Organiser of a workskshop: Labour rights as human rights; Migration, Citizenship and Mobilisation of Civil Society in Turkey and Sweden. REMESO, Linköping University, Sweden in cooperation with Swedish UNESCO/MOST committee and Swedish Institute in Istanbul, 13/4. 2013, Istanbul

2009 - 2013


FAS/FORTE Research environment funding

REMESO Project Leader

Aleksandra Ålund, Professor Emerita

Participants from REMESO

Magnus Dahlstedt
Nedzad Mesic

Participants not from REMESO

Contact for project


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