Lectures and seminars Open lecture with Sarah Hamed: “The silencing of racism in Swedish healthcare”
Welcome to a lecture on December 5, with researcher and clinical dentist Sarah Hamed about how racism in Swedish healthcare can be understood and allowed to be silenced.
Sarah Hamed is a sociologist who defended her thesis in 2023. Her thesis concerned uncovering racialisation in healthcare through analysing healthcare staff's racialised talk. Sarah Hamed has previously worked on a variety of projects focusing on issues related to racism, racialisation, and inequalities in health and healthcare. Sarah Hamed has a degree in dentistry and has previously worked as a clinical dentist.
Presentation of the lecture
Drawing on qualitative interviews with 58 healthcare staff in Sweden, the lecture will discuss how racism is silenced in Swedish healthcare. Specifically, the presentation will examine how healthcare staff’s racialised talk is used to devalue minoritised healthcare users, constructing them as ‘bad’ users and their health symptoms as unworthy of care by labeling them as ‘ethnic’, ‘cultural’ and ‘functional’. Additionally, the presentation will propose that through the emphasis on healthcare neutrality and equality regulations, blaming minorities for racism, viewing racism as an individual aberration, and locating racism outside both national and institutional contexts, racism becomes a non-issue in healthcare.