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Strömblad, P. & Niedomysl, T. (2022). More than halfway to Utopia: exploring the proximity between locational ideals and perceived realities. Regional studies, 56(7), 1071-1081
Open this publication in new window or tab >>More than halfway to Utopia: exploring the proximity between locational ideals and perceived realities
2022 (English)In: Regional studies, ISSN 0034-3404, E-ISSN 1360-0591, Vol. 56, no 7, p. 1071-1081Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Notions about the ideal place to live have long provided impetus for local and regional planning. However, little is known about how locational ideals correspond to perceived realities. This paper draws on Swedish survey data, in which respondents rate features of their current place of residence and compare their location with that of their ideals. The empirical results suggest that primary features of local environments are, unexpectedly, not more important for place satisfaction than secondary features. In addition, accounting for municipality-level qualities, findings indicate that more peripheral places in general are perceived as more proximate to Utopia.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis Group, 2022
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Humanities, Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-107013 (URN)10.1080/00343404.2021.1973988 (DOI)000702726600001 ()2-s2.0-85116357920 (Scopus ID)2021 (Local ID)2021 (Archive number)2021 (OAI)
Available from: 2021-09-16 Created: 2021-09-16 Last updated: 2023-03-10Bibliographically approved
Haandrikman, K. & Strömblad, P. (2022). Neighbourhood Survey 2020: Design and Realisation. Stockholm: Stockholm University
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Neighbourhood Survey 2020: Design and Realisation
2022 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This report describes the design and realisation of the Neighbourhood Survey 2020, within the research program “The Neighbourhood Revisited: Spatial polarization and social cohesion in contemporary Sweden”, directed by Bo Malmberg at the Department of Human Geography, Stockholm University. The program, in which the survey is one of the main information sources, is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences (Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, RJ), grant registration number M18-0214:1. 

The overarching aim of the survey was to provide the program’s research team with recent tailor-made data, to enable empirical investigations of how spatial polarization may lead to a society that is increasingly divergent in terms of attitudes, values and lifestyles. To this end, the survey was based on a stratified sample of individuals (age 18–80) in 10 different types of residential areas in Sweden. This predefined geographic demarcation of the sample—in the report referred to as the ‘neighbourhood clusters’— stems from an empirically grounded classification developed earlier in the research program. The survey was administered by Statistics Sweden, and 4,784 residents completed the survey (either online or on paper), corresponding to a total response rate of 24 per cent. 

This report details the background of the survey, as an integrated and integral part of the overall research program. Methodological details concerning the neighbourhood clusters are also provided, whereby the linkage between identified clusters and the sampling frame is elaborated. Furthermore, the construction of the questionnaire is described, along with the actual implementation of the survey. Importantly, the quality of the data obtained is also assessed in terms of measurements, coverage, and non-response.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Stockholm University, 2022. p. 70
Series
Kulturgeografiskt seminarium, ISSN 0347-9552 ; 2022:1
Keywords
neighbourhoods, spatial polarization, social cohesion, Sweden
National Category
Human Geography
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science; Humanities, Human Geography
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-119389 (URN)9789189107335 (ISBN)
Projects
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond "Lyckliga Gatan"
Funder
Riksbankens Jubileumsfond, M18-0214:1
Available from: 2023-02-16 Created: 2023-02-16 Last updated: 2023-03-10Bibliographically approved
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Can’t, won’t, or no one to ask?: Explaining why more recently arrived immigrants know less about Swedish politics. Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Can’t, won’t, or no one to ask?: Explaining why more recently arrived immigrants know less about Swedish politics
2018 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Immigrants in Western countries in general participate less in politics, and show lower levels of political efficacy, than native-born citizens. Research is scarce when it comes to immigrants’ knowledge about politics and public affairs in their new home country, and about what happens with this knowledge over the years. This paper focuses on immigrants in Sweden, a country known for ambitious multicultural policies, but where immigrants also face disadvantages in areas such as labor and housing markets. Utilizing particularly suitable survey data we find that immigrants in general know less about Swedish politics than natives, but also that this difference disappears with time. Exploring the positive influence of length of residence on political knowledge, the paper shows that the positive effect of time in Sweden among immigrants remains after controlling for an extensive set of background factors. Moreover, the paper examines this political learning effect through the lens of an Ability– Motivation–Opportunity (AMO) model. The findings suggest that the development of an actual ability to learn about Swedish politics—via education in Sweden, and by improved Swedish language skills—is an especially important explanation for the increase in political knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies, 2018. p. 18
Series
Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies ; 2018:8
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economy, Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-80834 (URN)
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2020-10-26Bibliographically approved
Parkhouse, A. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Exploring preconditions for political entrepreneurship and integration in European societies. In: Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander (Ed.), Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe: Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis (pp. 180-207). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring preconditions for political entrepreneurship and integration in European societies
2018 (English)In: Governance and Political Entrepreneurship in Europe: Promoting Growth and Welfare in Times of Crisis / [ed] Charlie Karlsson, Charlotte Silander, Daniel Silander, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018, p. 180-207Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This chapter analyses the institutional preconditions of political entrepreneurship for EU migration and integration policies. The main focus of this chapter is to identify the potential roles that European political entrepreneurs may play. In addition, this study also explores Europeans’ attitudes towards migrants along with cross-national institutional differences in focus. The authors argue that immigration and migration to Europe are necessary to handle Europe’s demographic challenges. However, the large influx of refugees in 2015 created political overload on individual member states, resulting in the reintroduction of territorial border controls and restrictive migration policies. As a consequence, EU institutions have acted entrepreneurially to assist member states with improving the integration of potential labour migrants and refugees in Europe. Further, this study also argues for the importance of changes in European mindsets, leaving this study to identify necessary top-down and bottom-up changes to promote European integration.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2018
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77849 (URN)10.4337/9781788112765.00016 (DOI)000450548700009 ()2-s2.0-85075310197 (Scopus ID)978 1 78811 275 8 (ISBN)978 1 78811 276 5 (ISBN)
Available from: 2018-09-19 Created: 2018-09-19 Last updated: 2022-11-08Bibliographically approved
Nielsen, A. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Migration och integration – en forskningsöversikt. Bilaga till Forskningsagenda för det nationella forskningsprogrammet inom migration och integration: Att stärka forskningen för att möta samhällsutmaningar. In: Forskningsagenda för det nationella forskningsprogrammet inom migration och integration: Att stärka forskningen för att möta samhällsutmaningar: (pp. 67-110). Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Migration och integration – en forskningsöversikt. Bilaga till Forskningsagenda för det nationella forskningsprogrammet inom migration och integration: Att stärka forskningen för att möta samhällsutmaningar
2018 (Swedish)In: Forskningsagenda för det nationella forskningsprogrammet inom migration och integration: Att stärka forskningen för att möta samhällsutmaningar, Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet , 2018, p. 67-110Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Vetenskapsrådet, 2018
National Category
International Migration and Ethnic Relations
Research subject
Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-90555 (URN)9789173073721 (ISBN)
Note

Kapitel i rapport

Available from: 2019-12-13 Created: 2019-12-13 Last updated: 2021-01-27Bibliographically approved
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Political integration in practice: explaining a time-dependent increase in political knowledge among immigrants in Sweden. Social Inclusion, 6(3), 248-259
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Political integration in practice: explaining a time-dependent increase in political knowledge among immigrants in Sweden
2018 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 6, no 3, p. 248-259Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Scholarly findings suggest that immigrants in Western countries, in general, participate less in politics and show lower levels of political efficacy than native-born citizens. Research is scarce, however, when it comes to immigrants’ knowledge about politics and public affairs in their new home country, and what happens with this knowledge over the years. This article focuses on immigrants in Sweden, a country known for ambitious multicultural policies, but where immigrants also face disadvantages in areas such as labor and housing markets. Utilizing particularly suitable survey data we find that immigrants, in general, know less about Swedish politics than natives, but also that this difference disappears with time. Exploring the influence of time of residence on political knowledge, the article shows that the positive effect of time in Sweden among immigrants remains after controlling for an extensive set of background factors. Moreover, the article examines this political learning effect through the lens of an Ability–Motivation–Opportunity (AMO) model. The findings suggest that the development of an actual ability to learn about Swedish politics—via education in Sweden, and by improved Swedish language skills—is an especially important explanation for the increase in political knowledge.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cogitatio, 2018
Keywords
ability, education, immigrants, language skills, motivation, opportunity, political information, political knowledge, Sweden, time-related differences
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77215 (URN)10.17645/si.v6i3.1496 (DOI)000443123900009 ()2-s2.0-85052792503 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-08-21 Created: 2018-08-21 Last updated: 2020-10-26Bibliographically approved
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2018). Time for Tolerance: Exploring the Influence of Learning Institutions on the Recognition of Political Rights Among Immigrants. Comparative Migration Studies, 6, Article ID 34.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Time for Tolerance: Exploring the Influence of Learning Institutions on the Recognition of Political Rights Among Immigrants
2018 (English)In: Comparative Migration Studies, ISSN 2214-8590, E-ISSN 2214-594X, Vol. 6, article id 34Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper empirically evaluates the idea that individual level political tolerance is influenced by the overall tolerance in a given society. The expectation is that more tolerant attitudes would be developed as a consequence of exposure to a social environment in which people in general are more inclined to accept freedom of speech, also when a specific message challenges one’s own values and beliefs. A theoretical learning model is formulated, according to which more broad-minded and permissive attitudes, from a democratic point of view, are adopted as a result of (1) an adjustment stimulated by mere observation of an overall high-level of political tolerance in society (‘passive learning’), and (2) an adjustment due to cognition and interaction within important spheres in society (‘active learning’). Using survey data, we explore empirically how length of residence among immigrants in the high-tolerance country of Sweden is related to measures of political tolerance. Further, we examine to what extent a time-related effect is mediated through participation in a set of ‘learning institutions’—focusing on activities related to education, working-life, civil society and political involvement. In concert with expectations, the empirical findings suggest that a positive effect of time in Sweden on political tolerance may be explained by a gradual adoption of the principle that political rights should be recognized. Importantly, however, such an adoption seems to require participation in activities of learning institutions, as we find that passive learning in itself is not sufficient.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2018
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-77216 (URN)10.1186/s40878-018-0100-8 (DOI)2-s2.0-85062687836 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2018-08-21 Created: 2018-08-21 Last updated: 2020-10-26Bibliographically approved
Adman, P. & Strömblad, P. (2017). Abandoning intolerance in a tolerant society: the influence of length of residence on the recognition of political rights among immigrants. Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Abandoning intolerance in a tolerant society: the influence of length of residence on the recognition of political rights among immigrants
2017 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents and empirically evaluates the idea that individual level political tolerance is influenced by the overall tolerance in society. Hence, the expectation is that more politically tolerant attitudes would be developed as a consequence of exposure to a social environment in which people in general are more inclined to accept freedom of speech, also when the message (or the messenger as such) challenges one’s own values and beliefs. The theoretical base of the analyses is a learning model, according to which more broad-minded and permissive attitudes, from a democratic point of view, are adopted as a result of (1) an adjustment stimulated by mere observation of an overall high-level of political tolerance in society (‘passive learning’), and (2) an adjustment due to cognition and interaction within important spheres in society (‘active learning’). Using surveydata, we explore empirically how length of residence among immigrants in high-tolerance Sweden are related to attitudinal measures of political tolerance, and to what extent a time-related effect is mediated through participation in ‘learning institutions’ of education, working-life, civil society and political involvement. In concert with expectations, the empirical findings suggest that an observed positive effect of time in Sweden on political tolerance may be explained by a gradual adoption of the principle that political rights should be recognized. Such an adoption, however, seems to require participation in activities of learning institutions, as we find that passive learning alone is not sufficient.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies, 2017. p. 24
Series
Working paper series: Linnaeus University Centre for Discrimination and Integration Studies ; 2017:1
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economy, Economics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-70300 (URN)
Available from: 2018-01-31 Created: 2018-01-31 Last updated: 2019-08-07Bibliographically approved
Strömblad, P. & Bengtsson, B. (2017). Collective Political Action as Civic Voluntarism: Analysing Ethnic Associations as Political Participants by Translating Individual Level Theory to the Organizational Level. Journal of Civil Society, 13(2), 111-129
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Collective Political Action as Civic Voluntarism: Analysing Ethnic Associations as Political Participants by Translating Individual Level Theory to the Organizational Level
2017 (English)In: Journal of Civil Society, ISSN 1744-8689, E-ISSN 1744-8697, Vol. 13, no 2, p. 111-129Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents and empirically evaluates an analytical experiment in which we seek to translate individual-level explanations of differences in political participation to an organizational level. Utilizing the Civic Voluntarism Model, we analyse the consequences of voluntary associations’ politically valuable ‘resources’, ‘motivation’, and ‘recruitment networks’. Using data from a survey of ethnic associations in Stockholm, Sweden, results suggest that the overall logic of how associational-level political participation is encouraged resembles corresponding mechanisms on the individual level. We conclude that both our theoretical argument and empirical findings merit further analyses of civil society actors’ political participation with the approach taken in this study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2017
Keywords
voluntary associations, ethnic associations, political participation, Civic Voluntarism Model (CVM), political resources, political motivation, political recruitment networks, Stockholm
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57634 (URN)10.1080/17448689.2017.1302912 (DOI)000419320200001 ()2-s2.0-85016500059 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-10-26 Created: 2016-10-26 Last updated: 2019-08-29Bibliographically approved
Myrberg, G., Strömblad, P. & Bengtsson, B. (2017). Etniska föreningar och politisk integration. In: Bevelander, Peter & Mikael Spång (Ed.), Valdeltagande och representation. Om invandring och politisk integration i Sverige.: (pp. 141-182). Stockholm: Delegationen för Migrationsstudier
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Etniska föreningar och politisk integration
2017 (Swedish)In: Valdeltagande och representation. Om invandring och politisk integration i Sverige. / [ed] Bevelander, Peter & Mikael Spång, Stockholm: Delegationen för Migrationsstudier , 2017, p. 141-182Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Delegationen för Migrationsstudier, 2017
Series
Delmi Rapport ; 2017:7
National Category
Political Science
Research subject
Social Sciences, Political Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68288 (URN)978-91-88021-23-6 (ISBN)
Note

Kapitel i rapport

Available from: 2017-10-10 Created: 2017-10-10 Last updated: 2018-05-08Bibliographically approved
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