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Anette Wickström

Associate Professor, Child Studies

Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology Linköping University, 2011

Postdoc Child Studies, Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University, 2012

Deputy Senior Lecturer, Linköping University, 2008-2011

Guest Researcher, Eramus Mundus, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 2008

Ph.D. at the Department of Health and Society, Linköping University, 2008

BA (Social Anthropology), Linköping University, 2001

Intermediate-level teacher, 1982

Research interests

Interested in the field of medical anthropology I did fieldwork in rural northeastern South Africa for my Ph.D. thesis. “Love in the Time of the Virus” (2008) is a study of local understandings of health; how people try to preserve an old moral order and at the same time transform their understandings and strategies to today’s needs and conditions. At Child Studies I study child health surveillance; on one hand the interaction between practitioners, young people and medical technology, on the other hand young people’s perspectives of being targeted by interventions or going through treatment in a clinical setting.

Current research

“Feeling low” and “have difficulties sleeping”. An ethnographic study of how young people make sense of psychological (ill) health. Funded by Swedish research council for health, working life and welfare. 2017-2020.

An Improved Smile: how adolescents and orthodontics create corrected bites. Director: Anette Wickström. Funded by the Swedish Research Council. 2013-2016.

Negotiating norms and ideals in orthodontic treatment with fixed appliance Director: Anette Wickström. Funded by the Swedish Research Council. In collaboration with Centre for Orthodontics and Paedodontics in the county of Östergötland. 2011-2012.

Doctoral students:

Main supervisor for  Andrea de Sosa, Consortium PhoenixEM (accepted 2014).

Second supervisor for Ursula Reichenpfader, Linköpings universitet (accepted 2015).

Main supervisor for licentiate Eva-Marie Åkerlund, Child Studies, Linköping university (accepted 2013, publicly defendecd 8 april 2016).

Second supervisor for Therese Kvist, Karolinska Institutet (accepted 2011, publicly defended 15 april 2016).

Second supervisor for Gunilla Pousette, Karolinska Institutet (publicly defended 6 nov 2015).



Wickström, A. (2016)  “One step at a time”: Analyzing young patients’ video diaries in an ethnographic tracing of fixed appliances. Children & Society. DOI:10.1111/chso.12179

Wickström, A. (2016) "I hope I get movie-star teeth" - doing the exceptional normal in orthodontic practice for young people. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 30(3):285-302DOI: 10.1111/maq.12247

Pousette Lundgren, Gunilla; Wickström, Anette; Hasselblad, Tove & Dahllöf, Göran (2016) Amelogenesis imperfecta and early restorative crown therapy: an interview study with adolescents and young adults on their experiences. PLOS ONE. PONE-D-16-06371R1. 

Wickström, Anette; Kvist Lindholm, Sofia & Zetterqvist Nelson, Karin (2015) Elever tvingas letas efter negativa tankar. Forskare kritiserar program som används i skolan. SocialPolitik Dec. 2015.

Wickström, Anette; Kvist Lindholm, Sofia & Zetterqvist Nelson, Karin (2015) Fel förstärka negativa tankar hos unga. Svenska Dagbladet 19 sept.

Wickström, Anette; Kvist Lindholm, Sofia & Zetterqvist Nelson, Karin (2015) Disa är ett problematiskt verktyg i skolan. Svenska Dagbladet 25 sept.

Wickström, Anette (2015) Recension: Universitetslärare i förändring: En antropologisk studie av profession, utbildning och makt. Författare: Torbjörn Friberg. Malmö: Universus Academic Press. Sociologisk Forskning 52(4): 403-405

Wickström, A: (2015) Elevers erfarenheter av manualbaserade metoder. I (ed.) Hultin, E. & Bartholdsson, Å. Sociala relationer, värdegrund och lärarprofessionalitet. Lund: Gleerups.

Wickström, A: (2014) “Lungisa” - Weaving relationships and social space to restore health in KwaZulu Natal. Medical Anthropology Quarterly 28(2):203-220.

Kvist, T, Wickström, A, Miglis, I and Dahllöf, G: (2014) The dilemma of reporting suspicions of child maltreatment in pediatric dentistry. European Journal of Oral Sciences 122:332-338.

Wickström, A: (2013) From individual to relational strategies; transforming a manual-based psycho-educational course at school. Childhood 20(2):215-228.

Wickström, A: (2012) Depressionsförebyggande kurser krockar med skolans pedagogiska vardag. Venue - tanke- och kunskapsutbyte av erfarenheter och forskning om förskola och skola. www.liu.se/uv/lararrummet/venue/depressionsforebyggande-kurser-krockar-med-skolans-pedagogiska-vardag?l=sv

Zeiler, Kristin & Wickström, Anette (2012) Varför ifrågasätts inte andra icke-medicinska ingrepp? Svenska Dagbladet 7 jan.

Wickström, A: (2010) “Virginity Testing as a Local Public Health Initiative: a 'preventive ritual' more than a 'diagnostic measure'”. Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 16(3):532-550. 

Zeiler, K. and Wickström, A. (2009) “Why do ‘we’ perform surgery on newborn intersexual children? The phenomenology of the parental experience of getting a child with unclear sex”. Feminist Theory 10(3):359-377. (Most downloaded article in this journal in 2010, of all articles in 2009 and 2010, according to SAGE publishers.)

Wickström, A. (2008) “Love as action; managing relationships, sickness and medicine in a Zulu society”. Medische Antropologie. 20(1):47-68, June 2008.

Wickström, Anette. (2008) ”Kärlek i virusets tid – att hantera relationer och hälsa i Zululand”. (Diss.) Linköping Studies in Art and Science; 421. Dissertations on Health and Society; 11. Linköping: Univ.

Wickström, A. (2008) “Medicin som hemligt vapen i kärlekslivet” Alba.nu – tidning för kultur, vetenskap och samhälle.  Wigerfeldt, C. (red.) Nr 5. http://www.alba.nu/artikel/artikel.php?id=793

Wickström, A. (2006) “Love, Medicine, and Health.” Umbiko. Bringing Science to People. Mduduzi, M. (red.) Issue 7, May 2006.

Wickström, Anette (2006) Uthando, umuthi kanye nezempilo. Umbiko intando. Bringing Science to People. Mduduzi, M. (red.) Issue 7, April 2006.


Telephone: 013-28 20 81
Fax: 013-28 29 00

E-mail: anette.wickstrom@liu.se

Department of Thematic Studies -
Child studies
Linköping university
SE-581 83 Linköping 

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About Child studies

Child Studies is an interdisciplinary research unit focusing on issues regarding children, childhood and family in history and society. Education in Child Studies: under graduate level, master level, graduate level (Ph.D).

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