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Reading: Stationarity and Non-Stationarity in Immigrant Problem Discourse: The Politics of Migrant Youth

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Stationarity and Non-Stationarity in Immigrant Problem Discourse: The Politics of Migrant Youth

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Yngve Lithman

Department of Sociology, University of Bergen, NO
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This article dissects debates about the "immigrant youth" over time, using the difference between stationary and non-stationary processes as the primary analytical tool. Using Sweden as an example, we show that the Swedish debate for decades was non-stationary, basically consisting of a number of independent and largely uncorrelated debates. The stationary, firmly placing immigrant youth as an originating principle in the debates, thus basing it on essentializing principles, is seen as a recent phenomenon. The wider implications of this change, for example with respect to multicultural ambitions, are outlined.

How to Cite: Lithman, Y., 2011. Stationarity and Non-Stationarity in Immigrant Problem Discourse: The Politics of Migrant Youth. Nordic Journal of Migration Research, 1(1), pp.37–42. DOI: http://doi.org/10.2478/v10202-011-0005-1
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Published on 01 Aug 2011.
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