Ethnicity and migration in healtcare and medical science through an intersectional perspective

Anna Breström´s research explores how ethnicity and migration affect health, care and biomedical knowledge production. Her current projects focus on sexual health; mental ill health; interpretation practices in primary health care and human genetics. Anna is inspired by critical race studies, feminist intersectionality theory and science.

biometricsAnna is a Research Fellow at REMESO. October 2009-January 2010 she was a visiting fellow at the Centre of Gender Excellence (GEXcel).

Research Interests

Anna’s doctoral dissertation Safe Sex, Unsafe Identities: Intersections of 'Race', Gender and Sexuality in Swedish HIV/AIDS Policy (Linköping University 2008, VDM Verlag 2009 ) explores the ways in which migration, ethnicity and racism have been approached in Swedish HIV/AIDS policy since the early 1980s. More specifically, the dissertation examines when and how migrants are linked to understandings of public risk and safety in sexual relations, and how notions of ’race’ and ethnicity in HIV/AIDS educational materials and policy documents are related to issues of gender and sexuality.

Ongoing Research Projects

Young People and Sexual Risk-taking: An Intersectional Analysis of Representations, Knowledge and Experiences (tillsammans med Eva Bolander (LiU) och Jenny Bengtsson)
Ethnicity and Gender in Primary Health Care: Understanding, Practice and Consequences (with Sabine Gruber, Linköping University).
After the Success with the New Generation Antidepressants: Experiences, Practices, Discourses and Changes of the Self, (with Kerstin Sandell and Shai Mulinari at Lund University, and Marianne Winther Jørgensen at Linköping University). Anna is also streamleader for the REMESO research stream Migration, Public Service and Health.

Recent Publications

Bredström, A. (2009) “Sweden: HIV/AIDS Policy and the ‘Crisis’ of Multiculturalism”, Race and Class, Vol 50, Nr. 4: 57–74.
Bredström, A. (2008) Safe Sex, Unsafe Identities: Intersections of ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in Swedish HIV/AIDS Policy, Linköping: Linköpings Universitet, diss.

Teaching

Anna teaches in feminist theory, theories on ’race’ and ethnicity, intersectionality, sexuality, sexual health and HIV/AIDS related issues. She is engaged as teacher in the BA programme Social and Cultural Analysis, in the International master programme Ethnic and Migrations Studies and also within REMESO Graduate School.

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