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Shai Mulinari

Docent och Forskare

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Conceptual unclarity about COVID-19 ethnic disparities in Sweden: Implications for public health policy

Författare

  • Anna Bredström
  • Shai Mulinari

Summary, in English

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on abundant racial and ethnic health disparities in many countries around the world. In Sweden, statistics on COVID-19 mortality and morbidity from both the first and the second wave of the pandemic show that foreign-born individuals have been disproportionately affected as compared to Swedish-born individuals. However, as demonstrated in this article, key stakeholders including politicians and public authorities, mainstream media, and medical researchers do not draw on the same explanatory framework when conceptualizing the health disparity. Probing the different discourses that were articulated through oral and written accounts during the first wave, the article identifies three different frameworks of how ethnic health disparities in relation to COVID-19 were understood in Sweden: the socioeconomic framework, the cultural framework and the biological framework. In a concluding discussion, we discuss the importance of our findings for health policy and argue for continued interrogation of epidemiological knowledge production from a critical vantage point in order to successfully combat health inequalities.

Avdelning/ar

  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2022-02-13

Språk

Engelska

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Health

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

SAGE Publications

Ämne

  • Other Social Sciences

Nyckelord

  • Covid-19 pandemic
  • discourse
  • ethnicity
  • race
  • Sweden

Status

Epub

Projekt

  • A New Biologism? How Medical Research, Policy and Clinical Practice Approach Ethnic Differences in Health

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1363-4593