Migration, Public Service and Health

Research within this stream includes the study of migration and ethnic relations in welfare institutions with particular focus on health and education. Central questions are how public services are organized and distributed to an ethnically diverse population, the implementation of social rights and provisions and how clients and customers are shaped materially and discursively in these processes. The impact of racialization and social exclusion on migrants´ health and education is also crucial for this stream. The studies adopt an intersectional approach and examine how ethnicity, gender and other categories of difference are mutually constitutive and thus expand the field, previously mainly studied through the lens of gender research.

The Stream is led by Associate Professor Anna Bredström.


Promoting Multicultural Conviviality Through Transversal Dialogues: An Action Research Project in the Schools of Norrköping

This project develops theoretical insights and methods for the purpose of aiding anti-discriminatory education to accommodate value conflicts in society. It builds upon previous research that has identified value conflicts related to gender and sexuality as a challenge for education that seeks to combat discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities, in particular in situations where gender equality and sexual rights are articulated as 'Swedish' values. 

Earlier projects

Swedish Retirement Migrants to Spain and Migrant Workers

Swedish retirees are part of a growing stream of Northern Europeans who migrate to Southern Europe to retire in the sun.
Exploring the relations between streams of migrants who meet in Spain, and their intermediaries, this project explores issues of mobility and the globalization of care/service, of crucial importance to welfare states and the future of work, elderly care and retirement conditions in Ageing Europe.

Young People and Sexual Risk-taking

This project examines representations, knowledge and experiences around youth and sexual risk. The recent years increase of sexually transmitted diseases indicates that sexual risk taking among young men and women are relatively common. Previous research has shown that such risk taking varies among different groups of young people. The project will focus on how - depending upon class, ethnicity and sexual identity - different masculinities and femininities are linked to sexual risk taking.

Ethnicity and Gender in Primary Health Care

This project investigates what role ethnicity and gender have in the treatment of women of migrant background in primary health care. Three different institutions are studied: a primary health care center (vårdcentral); a youth clinic (ungdomsmottagning) and a maternity welfare clinic. The project applies a comparative perspective and analyses similarities and differences between the different institutions as well as between the different empirical levels.


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