Sweden: HIV/AIDS policy and the crisis of multiculturalism
2009 (English)In: RACE & CLASS, ISSN 0306-3968, E-ISSN 1741-3125, Vol. 50, no 4, 57-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article examines shifts in the ways that immigrants were framed and depicted within Swedish HIV/AIDS policy discourse from 1985 to 2005. In particular, it examines whether, when and how immigrants were linked to understandings of risk and safety in sexual relations. Whereas, at first, immigrants were rather marginal to this discourse, they later held a central position. Moreover, there was a shift in how ethnicity and race were conceptualised by the Swedish authorities - a movement away from cultural pluralism towards neo-assimilationism. Throughout this time, cultural differences, often defined in terms of different attitudes to gender and sexuality, were focused on as defining the boundaries between immigrants and Swedes. But, whereas the pluralist approach favoured respect and tolerance for these differences, the neo-assimilationist approach that replaced it argued that immigrants ought to assimilate to the more enlightened sexual values of Swedishness, in order to better prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS infection.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 50, no 4, 57-74 p.
cultural racism, gender, integration, neo-assimilation, sexual health
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13073DOI: 10.1177/0306396809102998OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13073DiVA: diva2:17778
At the time of disputation, this article was submitted with title 'From Cultural Pluralism to Neo-assimilation: Shifting Discourses in Swedish HIV/AIDS Policy (1985–2005)'.2008-03-202008-03-202012-01-10