Becoming Black in a Color-Blind Country

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Ryan Thomas Skinner

The first scholarly monograph in English to focus on the African and Black diaspora in Sweden, Afro-Sweden emphasizes the voices, experiences, practices, knowledge, and ideas of these communities. Its interdisciplinary approach to understanding diasporic communities is essential to contemporary conversations around such issues as the status and identity of racialized populations in Europe and the international impact of Black Lives Matter.

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    This book is freely available in an open access edition thanks to TOME (Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem)—a collaboration of the Association of American Universities, the Association of University Presses, and the Association of Research Libraries—and the generous support of The Ohio State University Libraries. Learn more at the TOME website, available at:

    A portion of chapter 3 was previously published as “Walking, Talking, Remembering: An Afro-Swedish Critique of Being-in-the-World,” African and Black Diaspora: An International Journal 12, no. 1 (2019): 1–19; reprinted by permission of the publisher (Taylor & Francis Ltd).

    Copyright 2022 by Ryan Thomas Skinner

    Foreword copyright 2022 by Jason Timbuktu Diakité