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Representing the underlying causes of racial disparities in covid-19 mortality rates in Sweden: A critical analysis of how the underlying causes of racial disparities in covid-19 mortality rates is represented by the Swedish Public Health Agency
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Law, Economics, Statistics and Politics.
2021 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The disproportionate burden of covid-19 pandemic on racialized groups in developed countries has made socio-political and socio-economic inequalities even more apparent. This thesis utilizes critical race thoery (CRT), framing theory and the ”What’s the ’problem’ represented to be?”-approach to conduct a critical analysis of how the representation of the underlying causes of racial disparities in covid-19 mortality framed by the Swedish Public Health Agency.

The published report on migrants and covid-19 ”Migrants and COVID-19 – Confirmed cases, ICU-cases and mortality from 13 March 2020 to 15 February 2021 among foreign-born in Sweden” is analyzed through qualitative content analysis. In the report, the Swedish Public Health Agency analyzes underlying causes to differences of covid-19 outcome based on country of birth, which suggests that the population born in other countries is affected by the covid-19 more than the population born in Sweden. The content analysis of the official document on foreign-borns and covid-19 mortality, released by the Swedish Public Health agency, suggests that the agency has represented the underlying causes of racial disparities in covid-19 mortality in Sweden with a socio-economic inequality frame, and from a CRT perspective, the representation is guided by colorblind ideology that does not problematize the role of racism in the society.

The knowledge produced in this thesis aims to contribute to the field of CRT studies in Sweden with empirical knowledge about problematization of the covid-19 pandemic outcomes in Sweden

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2021. , p. 41
Keywords [en]
Critical race theory, framing, WPR-approach, covid-19 pandemic, racial disparities
Keywords [sv]
Kritisk rasteori, framing theory, WPR-ansats, covid-19-pandemin, rasskillnader
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-17757Local ID: EXS802OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-17757DiVA, id: diva2:1619249
Subject / course
Political science
Educational program
International Programme in Politics and Economics
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