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Politisk kultur och samhällsengagemang. En etnologisk studie av den parlamentariska vardagen i Helsingborg

Fredriksson, Jan LU (2003)
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Syftet med min avhandling är att skildra de grundläggande drag som bär upp den politiska kulturen för att synliggöra förutsättningarna för politiskt engagemang. Utifrån olika vardagssituationer beskrivs hur det går till att ”göra” politik. Jag följer två nämndordföranden i Helsingborgs kommun i deras politiska vardagsarbete och lyfter fram olika situationer för att konkret illustrera vad det innebär att göra politik. Denna presentation ligger sedan till grund för en diskussion om politisk kultur samt om den förmåga och kompetens som krävs i det kommunalpolitiska arbetet för att kunna driva förhandlingsprocessen och balansera olika intressen och se till helheten. Ett viktigt inslag i den politiska... (More)
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Syftet med min avhandling är att skildra de grundläggande drag som bär upp den politiska kulturen för att synliggöra förutsättningarna för politiskt engagemang. Utifrån olika vardagssituationer beskrivs hur det går till att ”göra” politik. Jag följer två nämndordföranden i Helsingborgs kommun i deras politiska vardagsarbete och lyfter fram olika situationer för att konkret illustrera vad det innebär att göra politik. Denna presentation ligger sedan till grund för en diskussion om politisk kultur samt om den förmåga och kompetens som krävs i det kommunalpolitiska arbetet för att kunna driva förhandlingsprocessen och balansera olika intressen och se till helheten. Ett viktigt inslag i den politiska kulturen är hur människor identifierar sig med politiken. Utifrån politikernas berättelse om sina erfarenheter av politiskt arbete för jag en diskussion om politisk identitet, om hur engagemanget påverkar en som människa. Och på samma sätt som man kan tala om en politisk identitet kan man också tala om den känsla av samhörighet mellan de som aktivt engagerar sig i den parlamentariska politiken, en politikeridentitet, som särskiljer politikerna från de medborgare som valt att stå utanför. Politikeridentitet formas också i mötet med massmedia. Samtidigt som det offentliga samtalet beskriver politikernas verksamhet innehåller detta samtal också instruktioner om hur man skall vara som politiker. Politiskt arbete handlar också om att erövra ett förtroende. I den kampen är det viktigt att ha rätt bakgrund och kompetens. De krav som framförs säger också något om den politiska kulturen. Ett viktigt delsyfte med avhandlingen har också varit att belysa den politiska kulturens och den politiska identitetens successiva förändring och i det avslutande kapitlet diskuterar jag förutsättningarna för politiskt arbete i vårt senmoderna samhälle. (Less)
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Political Culture and Social Engagement. An ethnological study of everyday parliamentary life in Helsingborg.



The goal of my thesis is to, by examining foundational features which support political culture, make visible prerequisites for political engagement. Using diverse everyday situations, the thesis describes how one “does” politics. I follow two committee chairpersons in the municipality of Helsingborg (Helsingborgs kommun) in their everyday political work, focusing attention on various specific situations and illustrating in concrete terms what it means to “do” politics. This presentation then forms the basis for a discussion of both political culture and the abilities and competences needed for success in... (More)
Political Culture and Social Engagement. An ethnological study of everyday parliamentary life in Helsingborg.



The goal of my thesis is to, by examining foundational features which support political culture, make visible prerequisites for political engagement. Using diverse everyday situations, the thesis describes how one “does” politics. I follow two committee chairpersons in the municipality of Helsingborg (Helsingborgs kommun) in their everyday political work, focusing attention on various specific situations and illustrating in concrete terms what it means to “do” politics. This presentation then forms the basis for a discussion of both political culture and the abilities and competences needed for success in municipal politics in leading a process of negotiation where one must simultaneously balance various individual interests and still retain a view of each issue as a whole.



A significant component of political culture is the manner in which people identify themselves with politics. Using the narratives of the politicians themselves, concerning their own experiences of political activities, I present a discussion of political identity, examining how political engagement affects one as a person. In the same manner that one can speak of a political identity, it is also possible to speak of a feeling of belonging among those who are actively involved in parliamentary politics – a politician’s identity – which separates politicians from those citizens who have chosen to remain outside of politics.



A politician’s identity is also created in meetings with the mass media. At the same time that the public discourse surrounding politics describes the activities of politicians, this discourse also contains instructions and norms concerning how they are excepted to act.



Political work is also about capturing trust. In this struggle it is important to have the right background and competence. The demands made in this context also say something about political culture.



A further important goal of the dissertation has been to illuminate the successive changes which political culture and political identity have undergone in recent years, and in the final chapter I discuss the prerequisites for political work in our late modern society. (Less)
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  • FD Nilsson, Thorbjörn, Sociologiska institutionen vid Växjö universitet
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Political Culture and Social Engagement. An ethnological study of everyday parliamentary life in Helsingborg
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political trust, political culture, Political ethnology, political competence, doing politics, politics and modernity, political field, phenomenology, politician’s identity, political identity, Political and administrative sciences, förvaltningskunskap, Statsvetenskap
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223 pages
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Carlsson Bokförlag
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Kulturens auditorium i Lund
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2003-11-21 10:15
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91-7203-574-9
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Swedish
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