“What Do We Want? We Want Everything!”: Young Swedish Activists and the “Union of Citizens”

  • Ilaria Pitti


This chapter presents a case study conducted among the young people taking part in a Swedish social movement. The case study has been realised between 2016 and 2017 through participant observations and biographical interviews with the young activists and analyses the process of bottom-up politicisation of a neighbourhood through which the young activists are creating a “union of citizens”. The analysis of the collected data discusses how young activists seek to win back a power of self-definition and self-determination through a series of projects which, starting from the solution of a specific difficulty concerning the access to housing, entail big ambitions of societal transformation. In so doing, they attempt to abandon the role of “claimants” in relation to institutions.


Social movements Sweden Youth participation Ethnography Housing 


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  • Ilaria Pitti
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  1. 1.School of Humanities, Education and Social SciencesÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden

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