Marita Eastmond is a social anthropologist and professor at the Nordic School of Public Health in the area of migration and health. She has long experience of research on conflict, violence and forced migration; exile, integration and repatriation of refugees, as well as the politics and cultural dimensions of health and suffering, with ethnographic studies from Chile, Cambodia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, USA and Sweden. In research on Swedish society, migrants’ health and wellbeing are studied as an interplay of structural conditions and the understandings and motivations of the migrants themselves, in the contexts of seeking asylum, integrating or living transnational lives. Her research also concerns the politics of categorization of refugees: it has addressed the ‘medicalisation’ of refugees following the prevailing trauma discourse from the 1990s and the concomitant shift in asylum terms from political persecution to ill health. Recent research addresses the controversy over the ill health of asylum-seeking children and ways in which health becomes a site in which the boundaries between the state, non-citizens, the body, service providers and the public are negotiated. Ongoing research explores the challenges to parenthood in asylum-seeking families, given the tensions and ambiguities in today’s system of reception.
Selection of relevant publications, peer reviewed.
The Dilemmas of Exile. Göteborg: Acta Universitatis Gotoburgensis. (1989/1997)
I Hemöshetens Tidevarv: Flyktingskap och existens, in Abiri, E. (ed) Miljoner på flykt. Göteborg: World House Papers, Göteborg University. 1992.
Reconstructing life: Chilean women and the dilemmas of exile. In Buijs, G (ed) Women Crossing Boundaries. The dilemmas of changing identities. Oxford: Bergh Press. 1993.
Utfärder och Hemkomster, in Århem K (ed) Den antropologiska erfarenheten. Stockholm: Carlssons 1994.
’Luchar y Sufrir’. Stories of Life and Exile: Reflections on the ethnographic process. Ethnos, 61(3-4), 1996.
Det Goda, det Onda, det Friska: Om människosyn och moralitet i ett tvärkulturellt perspektiv. Psykisk Hälsa, 37(4), 1996.
Nationalist discourses and the construction of difference: Bosnian Muslim refugees in Sweden. Journal of Refugee Studies, 11(2), 161-181. 1998.
Refugees and Health: Ethnographic approaches in Ahearn F L (ed) Psychosocial wellness of refugees. Oxford: Berghahn.
Den traumatiserade flyktingen. Om flyktingskap som ordningsregim. Socialmedicinsk Tidskrift 2004
The asylum-seeking child in Europe (co-editor, Andersson H E et al.). Gothenburg University: CERGU. 2004.
The disorders of displacement; Bosnian refugees and the reconstitution of ’normality’ In Steffen, V Jenkins R and Jessen H. (eds) Managing Uncertainty: Ethynographic studies of illness, risk and the struggle for control. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, 2005.
“Transnational return and reconstruction in Bosnia-Herzegovina”, in Black, R, Eastmond, M & Gent, S (eds) Sustainable Return in the Balkans: Beyond Property Restitution and Policy. International Migration, ( Special Issue) 44(3), ,141-163. 2006.
Dilemmas of repatriation and return - Between policy ideals and migrant practices. Danish Institute International Studies (DIIS) Publications, 2007.
Globala familjer: Transnationell migration och släktskap. (ed, w L Åkesson), Hedemora: Gidlunds Förlag, 2007.
Familjens välfärdsprojekt: Att återskapa hem och vardagsliv på flera platser. I Globala familjer 2007, pp 45-70.
“Stories as Lived Experience: Narratives in Forced Migration Research” Journal of Refugee Studies. 20(2), 2007.
Gäster i välfärden? Föräldraskap i asylprocessen i (Andersson H E et al.) Asylsökande barns hälsa, välfärd och välbefinnande. Göteborg: CERGU, 2010.
Introduction: Reconciliation, reconstruction and everyday life in war-torn societies, in Beyond Reconciliation: Social reconstruction after the Bosnian War, eds Eastmond, M & Stefansson, A. Special Issue, Focaal, European Journal of Anthropology, vol 57, 2010.
Egalitarian ambitions, constructions of difference: Paradoxes of refugee integration in Sweden. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (forthc. 2010).
In the best interest of the child? The politics of vulnerability and negotiations of asylum in Sweden (w. Henry Ascher) Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, (forthc.)