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Conceptions of Nation and Ethnicity in Swedish Children's Films: The Case of Kidz in da Hood (Förortsungar, 2006)
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Film and Literature. (Filmvetenskap, Chilll)
2013 (English)In: Journal of Educational Media, Memory and Society, ISSN 2041-6938, E-ISSN 2041-6946, Vol. 5, no 2, p. 92-107Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Swedish children's films frequently deal with issues of nation and ethnicity, specifically with “Swedishness”. This may be most obvious in films based on the works of Astrid Lindgren, which abound with nostalgic images of the national culture and landscape. However, films about contemporary Sweden, such as Kidz in da Hood (Förortsungar, 2006) address these issues too. Kidz in da Hood is about children in the ethnically diverse suburbs of Stockholm and it tells the story of a young fugitive, Amina, who is cared for by a young bohemian musician. It is, interestingly, a remake of one of the first Swedish children's films, Guttersnipes (Rännstensungar, 1944). In this article I argue that Kidz in da Hood is a contradictory piece, in the sense that it both celebrates and disavows “Swedishness”, as it substitutes the class conict of Guttersnipes for ethnic conflict.

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New York, Oxford: Berghahn Journals , 2013. Vol. 5, no 2, p. 92-107
Keywords [en]
ethnicity, nation, remake, Swedishness
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Studies on Film
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Humanities, Film Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-31404DOI: 10.3167/jemms.2013.050207Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84889688222OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-31404DiVA, id: diva2:685593
Available from: 2014-01-09 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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