Abstract: Migration politics in Finland are centered around “social integration” and “multiculturalism.” While the stated aims of such politics are equality and social mobility, the results are oft en contradictory, perpetuating the hierarchies and inequalities they propose to overcome. Utilizing Guy Debord’s notion of the “society of the spectacle,” I argue that there is a neoliberal Integration Spectacle that projects the appearance of societal change but is, in reality, an immobilizing force that works to obscure a particular racialized social order. I draw on my fi eld-work in and around Varissuo, an international working-class suburb on the edge of Turku, western Finland, to analyze how both migrant residents of the area and the professionals within the so-called integration economy engage with, reproduce, and deal with this discrepancy.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||Focaal - Journal of global and historical anthropology|
|Publication status||E-pub ahead of print - 1 May 2021|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
- social immobility
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- Publication forum level 1