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"Storebror" kommer till stan? En diskursanalytisk studie av debatten kring kameraövervakning av "Stråket" i Malmö

Groes Kofoed, Jacob and Juuso, Daniel (2006)
Department of Political Science
Abstract
Social control in different forms has existed in all known societies. This control has taken different shapes and expressions. In older smaller communities there was a collective control among the citizens. In modern societies the state is trying to control the lives of the citizens. These control mechanisms can be seen as both freedom-reducing and freedom inducing depending on which concept of freedom one upholds. This thesis is based on a discourse analysis of the debate on camera surveillance in Malmö. For this purpose we have studied official records and performed interviews with politicians involved in the decision process. In a Laclau & Mouffe-esque sense we will unravel two antagonist discourses of security respectively integrity... (More)
Social control in different forms has existed in all known societies. This control has taken different shapes and expressions. In older smaller communities there was a collective control among the citizens. In modern societies the state is trying to control the lives of the citizens. These control mechanisms can be seen as both freedom-reducing and freedom inducing depending on which concept of freedom one upholds. This thesis is based on a discourse analysis of the debate on camera surveillance in Malmö. For this purpose we have studied official records and performed interviews with politicians involved in the decision process. In a Laclau & Mouffe-esque sense we will unravel two antagonist discourses of security respectively integrity and link these discourses to Isaiah Berlin's Two concepts of liberty, negative and positive liberty. The aim of the study is also to show how these discourses are reflected in the municipal executive committee. Our study shows that the security discourse has gained a hegemonic position by defining the camera surveillance as an effective mean of reducing criminality. (Less)
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  abstract     = {Social control in different forms has existed in all known societies. This control has taken different shapes and expressions. In older smaller communities there was a collective control among the citizens. In modern societies the state is trying to control the lives of the citizens. These control mechanisms can be seen as both freedom-reducing and freedom inducing depending on which concept of freedom one upholds. This thesis is based on a discourse analysis of the debate on camera surveillance in Malmö. For this purpose we have studied official records and performed interviews with politicians involved in the decision process. In a Laclau & Mouffe-esque sense we will unravel two antagonist discourses of security respectively integrity and link these discourses to Isaiah Berlin's Two concepts of liberty, negative and positive liberty. The aim of the study is also to show how these discourses are reflected in the municipal executive committee. Our study shows that the security discourse has gained a hegemonic position by defining the camera surveillance as an effective mean of reducing criminality.},
  author       = {Groes Kofoed, Jacob and Juuso, Daniel},
  keyword      = {Malmö,diskursanalys,frihet,Laclau och Mouffe,kameraövervakning,Social sciences,Samhällsvetenskaper,Political and administrative sciences,Statsvetenskap, förvaltningskunskap},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"Storebror" kommer till stan? En diskursanalytisk studie av debatten kring kameraövervakning av "Stråket" i Malmö},
  year         = {2006},
}