Department of Sociology

Understandings of Cross-cultural Interaction and Ethnic ‘Otherness’: a Study of Palliative Care Workers’ Negotiations

Primary investigator: Pernilla Ågård, MSSc.

This dissertation taps into the space that opens up at the intersection between the study of ethnicity and the study of interaction between welfare representatives and their clients. The focus is on the understandings of ethnic 'Otherness' and cross-cultural interaction that are voiced by care workers who are specialized in end-of-life-care and especially the negotiations that take place when these workers discuss the way in which they handle this type of interaction. With its discursive approach this dissertation brings attention not only to what these workers say but how they say it.

Pernilla’s dissertation is part of an interdisciplinary project on caring for dying patients in which sociologists and a medical doctor specializing in palliative care collaborate.

Grant: The project is financed by a faculty financed position awarded to the Department of Sociology by Uppsala University’s Faculty of Social Sciences

Advisors: Prof. Sandra Torres & Prof. Hannah Bradby (both at Uppsala University)