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Tio små smutsiga fingrar : en kulturanalytisk studie om meningsskapande kring polio

Ågren, Anna LU (2010) ETNK01 20092
Division of Ethnology
Abstract
This bachelor thesis in ethnology describes how polio infection in Sweden was perceived and experienced between August and September 1953. The study examines the images of the epidemic diseases that were represented and how meaning on infection is being constructed.

By looking at the notion arena, where these conceptions have been found, the following arenas are dominant: home, public places, school and hospital. The aim has been to study the explanation of how polio was perceived.
A qualitative ethnographic study has been conducted in which discourse theory formed the theoretical basis. The empirical material consists of articles and letters to the editor of the evening papers, analyzed and processed by a content-analytical... (More)
This bachelor thesis in ethnology describes how polio infection in Sweden was perceived and experienced between August and September 1953. The study examines the images of the epidemic diseases that were represented and how meaning on infection is being constructed.

By looking at the notion arena, where these conceptions have been found, the following arenas are dominant: home, public places, school and hospital. The aim has been to study the explanation of how polio was perceived.
A qualitative ethnographic study has been conducted in which discourse theory formed the theoretical basis. The empirical material consists of articles and letters to the editor of the evening papers, analyzed and processed by a content-analytical approach. The text shows how the threat of the epidemic disease create concern in the different arenas, and in that turn creating meaning about how best to avoid being infected. The conclusion is that the prevailing discourses about disease and infection may be linked to the ideas of hygiene and cleanliness that characterized the 1950s. (Less)
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author
Ågren, Anna LU
supervisor
organization
course
ETNK01 20092
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
infection, discourse analysis, Polio, meaning, arenas
language
Swedish
id
1546204
date added to LUP
2010-02-23 10:00:33
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2010-02-23 10:00:33
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  abstract     = {This bachelor thesis in ethnology describes how polio infection in Sweden was perceived and experienced between August and September 1953. The study examines the images of the epidemic diseases that were represented and how meaning on infection is being constructed.

By looking at the notion arena, where these conceptions have been found, the following arenas are dominant:  home, public places, school and hospital. The aim has been to study the explanation of how polio was perceived. 
A qualitative ethnographic study has been conducted in which discourse theory formed the theoretical basis. The empirical material consists of articles and letters to the editor of the evening papers, analyzed and processed by a content-analytical approach. The text shows how the threat of the epidemic disease create concern in the different arenas, and in that turn creating meaning about how best to avoid being infected. The conclusion is that the prevailing discourses about disease and infection may be linked to the ideas of hygiene and cleanliness that characterized the 1950s.},
  author       = {Ågren, Anna},
  keyword      = {infection,discourse analysis,Polio,meaning,arenas},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Tio små smutsiga fingrar : en kulturanalytisk studie om meningsskapande kring polio},
  year         = {2010},
}