Deconstructing Socially Constructed Subtle Prejudices During the First Wave of Covid-19 Pandemic Among Immigrant Population in Finland

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Abstract

The research work is based on random web-based open survey from targeted immigrant’s social media groups targeting thirty eligible male and female immigrants living in Finland during the first wave of coronavirus pandemic. The data was collected through online data collection tools to comply with the safety guidelines during the survey period. The analysis of gathered information illuminates the subtle alienation of immigrants through the information and communication channels, and deconstructs the Finnish government interventions in the midst of a pandemic through the socially constructed lenses of inclusion and justice in Finland. The survey reveals the knowledge, attitudes and perceptions held by and of immigrants by the immigrants towards the authorities in Finland. Grounded theory is applied to qualitatively analyze data. The analysis is anchored on the stereotype content model to reveal the subtle historical and systemic alienation through information and communication channels. The theory of prejudice and the theory of symbolic racism are complimentarily used to deconstruct the injustice meted against the immigrants resulting in alienation through official authority practices and socially constructed disguises of inclusivity and justice by the Finnish society.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Sociology
Volume10
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Theory of prejudice, theory of symbolic racism, stereotype content model, subtle prejudices

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