Bergman Rosamond and Svensson have both contributed with a book chapter on politics of identity
About Annika Bergman Rosamond’s book chapter:
Whilst Sweden’s changing approach to international security and peace could be explained as a response to exogenous developments related to humanitarian disasters, conflict and terrorism, such explanations fail to take account of deeper, more endogenous changes in Swedish society. Social democratic ideology and hegemony – the foundations of military non-alignment have loosened over the last few decades. Subsequently, the dominance of social democratic ideology and norms of collective identity have become contested. In this chapter Bergman Rosamond and Agius explore the intersection between collective identity and memory, in particular how new memories are created that permit and normalise new forms of military intervention. Sweden represents a complex case for thinking through how states construct memories.
About Ted Svensson’s book chapter:
Caste matters in contemporary India. It matters both in the sense of affecting everyday lives by privileging some while discriminating others and in the sense of functioning as a ground for political mobilisation. How to deal with caste and casteist practices has been at the heart of Indian state making since the moment of decolonisation in 1947. What is new is that efforts to counter caste-based discrimination, much to the unease of the Indian state, are today often embedded in and reinforced through transnational and global frames. In his chapter, Svensson focuses on caste as it has been perceived in Dalit imaginings, by Dalit activists.