Exploring the experiences of women and migrant medical professionals in Swedish hospitals : Visible and hidden forms of resistance

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Exploring the experiences of women and migrant medical professionals in Swedish hospitals : Visible and hidden forms of resistance
Author(s) Paula, Mulinari
Date 2015
English abstract
Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyse the different ways in which experiences of marginalisation within organisations are named and acted upon. Of particular interest is examining the ways in which the visibility of gender discrimination and the invisibility of ethnic discrimination indicate what the professionals in the study identify as horizons of possible individual and collective resistance. Design/methodology/approach – The paper takes as its point of departure Cho et al. (2013) notion of “intersectionality as an analytical sensibility” (p. 795). The material consists of qualitative semi-structured interviews with 15 chief medical doctors employed in two Swedish hospitals. Findings – The findings indicate that while there is an organisational visibility of gender inequality, there is an organisational invisibility of ethnic discrimination. These differences influence the ways in which organisational criticism takes place and inequalities are challenged. Female Swedish identified doctors acted collectively to challenge organisations that they considered male-dominated, while doctors with experience of migration (both female and male) placed more responsibility on themselves and established individual strategies such as working more or des-identification. However, they confronted the organisation by naming ethnic discrimination in a context of organisational silence. Research limitations/implications – The paper does not explore the different forms of racism (islamophobia, racism against blacks, anti-Semitism). In addition, further research is needed to understand how these various forms of racism shape workplaces in Sweden. Originality/value – The paper offers new insights into the difference/similarities between how processes of ethnic and gender discrimination are experienced among employees within high-status professions. The value of the paper lies in its special focus on how forms of resistance are affected by the frames of the organisation. The findings stress the importance of intersectional analyses to understand the complex patterns of resistance and consent emerging within organisations.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/EDI-01-2015-0007 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Publisher Emerald
Host/Issue Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : An International Journal;8
Volume 34
ISSN 2040-7149
Pages 666 - 677
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Sweden
Gender and ethnic discrimination
Health care organizations
Intersectionality
Resistance
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/19884 (link to this page)

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