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Urfolkshälsa: utmanande  och svårfångad
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Centre for Sami Research. Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies. (Arcum)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3880-2135
2015 (Swedish)In: Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift, ISSN 0037-833X, Vol. 92, no 6, 726-735 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article examines Swedish health research regarding the Indigenous Sami people and the lack of epidemiological data. A historical overview underlines that Swedish research is hampered by Sami people having been the subject of studies by the National Institute of Racial Biology between 1920 and 1950. Public health research has mainly taken place during the last 20 years. There are no current epidemiological studies and this is linked to the fact that Swedish official statistics do not report on ethnic groups in the country. Ethnic statistics is a sensative issue and new ethical principles need to be worked out where the Sami, as constitutionally recognized indigenous people, are allowed to decide whether they want to be part of official statistics, and if so, what statistics would be relevant and how it should be collected.

Abstract [sv]

Föreliggande artikel ger en kortare historisk överblick kring den samiska folkhälsoforskningen för att sedan diskutera en av de utmaningar som svensk folkhälsoforskning på detta område står inför, nämligen frånvaron av välgrundad statistik. Forskning om samernas hälsotillstånd är präglad av att ha varit föremål för studier av Statens rasbiologiska institut mellan 1920- och 1950-tal, och har framförallt ägt rum de senaste 20 åren. Idag finns dock en brist på aktuella epidemiologiska studier och detta kan länkas till avsaknaden av etnicitet som kategori i officiell statistik i Sverige. Detta är en känslig fråga och nya etiska principer behöver arbetas fram där samerna som grundlagsenligt erkänt urfolk, själva tillåts bestämma över om man vill inhämta statistik, vilken statistik som skulle vara relevant och hur den bör insamlas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 92, no 6, 726-735 p.
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology History of Ideas Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Medicine; History
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-115767OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-115767DiVA: diva2:900297
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Wallenberg Academy FellowsUrfolkshälsa i Transition, Vetenskapsrådet 2012-5490
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-5490Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation
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Special issue: Etik och politik i epidemibekämpning

Available from: 2016-02-03 Created: 2016-02-03 Last updated: 2017-11-30Bibliographically approved

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