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Gender, risk and vulnerability

This project explore the concepts of risk and vulnerability that in recent years have become important concepts in the control and operation of risk management networks. Targeting risk and vulnerability is a central way of holding together and focusing the complex and cross-sectoral network of different agencies and professions. This research projects central questions is based on gender theory that emphasis that concepts of risk and vulnerability is informed by and reproduce dominant gender distinctions and asymmetries. Risk and risk-taking is central to norms of masculinity, while vulnerability is central to norms of femininity. The concepts are also linked to the issues of active and passive, where risk is associated with the ability to act solitary while vulnerability is associated with needing help from others. Risk links easily to development and progress while vulnerability links to shortages. This suggests that gender is important in relation to how concepts of risk and vulnerability open up for various forms of protection and how the networks of security and emergency response systems are formed and made intelligible. The empirical case being explored in this project is the handling of the refugee situation in the autumn of 2015 in Sweden. The study is ethnographic and based on interviews with people working at different levels within the emergency management system (National authorities, county administrative boards, municipalities, consultants) as well as textual and observational material.

Project leader: Mathias Ericson
Project duration: 2015–2017
Funding: Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB).

Contact Information

Mathias Ericson

PO Box 200, 405 30 Gothenburg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Renströmsgatan 6 , 41255 Göteborg

+46 31 786 5323

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