Claims to whiteness : Young unemployed Russian-speakers’ declassificatory struggles in Finland

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Krivonos , D 2018 , ' Claims to whiteness : Young unemployed Russian-speakers’ declassificatory struggles in Finland ' , Sociological Review , vol. 66 , no. 6 , pp. 1145-1160 . https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026117737412

Title: Claims to whiteness : Young unemployed Russian-speakers’ declassificatory struggles in Finland
Author: Krivonos, Daria
Contributor organization: Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2018-11-01
Language: eng
Number of pages: 16
Belongs to series: Sociological Review
ISSN: 0038-0261
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0038026117737412
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/299888
Abstract: This article analyses the position of young unemployed Russian-speaking migrants in Finland as being both racialised and racialising Others. Young Russian-speakers’ claims to whiteness are analysed against the backdrop of their racialised position as well as the neoliberal reshaping of class relations in Finland. Drawing on ethnographic fieldwork on young Russian-speakers’ employment in Helsinki, the article shows that young Russian-speakers’ racialisation of Others is a modality through which their own racialised class position is lived and narrated. Through such boundary-making processes young Russian-speakers resist being classified as ‘welfare abusers’, the unemployed and low-skilled workers. The article argues that young Russian-speakers’ efforts to be recognised as white should be understood as a struggle against classification, through which they generate alternative value as deserving citizens and respectable workers.
Subject: 5141 Sociology
class
Finland
migration
racism
unemployment
whiteness
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion
Funder: Unknown funder
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