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Empowerment or excessive care? Discourse analysis of the debate around Swedish integration policy

Nilsson, Elvira LU (2011) STVK01 20111
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This investigation is about Establishment reform that was launched by the Swedish government in December 2010, which is looked at from the discourse perspective. In order to reveal the contents of dominating and alternative discourses around the reform, as well as show the existing value conflict, Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is applied to the documents about the reform, parliament debates and newspaper articles. Besides critical discourse theory postcolonial perspective, governmentality and neo-classical human capital theory are used for the analysis. It is thus shown that while public debate is rather oriented on changing the situation, policy documents point out reproduction tendencies. I reveal two discourses on integration... (More)
This investigation is about Establishment reform that was launched by the Swedish government in December 2010, which is looked at from the discourse perspective. In order to reveal the contents of dominating and alternative discourses around the reform, as well as show the existing value conflict, Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is applied to the documents about the reform, parliament debates and newspaper articles. Besides critical discourse theory postcolonial perspective, governmentality and neo-classical human capital theory are used for the analysis. It is thus shown that while public debate is rather oriented on changing the situation, policy documents point out reproduction tendencies. I reveal two discourses on integration – liberal and social-democratic, which correspond with two values – empowerment and excessive care. However, the analysis shows that liberal discourse contains even some elements of excessive care. This is in particular seen in passivation and objectification of the newcomers, impersonal and unequal relations in texts between those who make policy and those who are its object. The existing discourses both reflect and reproduce govermentality- and postcolonial tendencies, while the assumption about individuals’ own motives is rationalistic. (Less)
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Nilsson, Elvira LU
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STVK01 20111
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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neo-classical human capital theory, governmentality, Etableringsreform, integration, postcolonialism
language
English
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1967641
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2011-06-20 14:27:41
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  abstract     = {This investigation is about Establishment reform that was launched by the Swedish government in December 2010, which is looked at from the discourse perspective. In order to reveal the contents of dominating and alternative discourses around the reform, as well as show the existing value conflict, Fairclough’s critical discourse analysis is applied to the documents about the reform, parliament debates and newspaper articles. Besides critical discourse theory postcolonial perspective, governmentality and neo-classical human capital theory are used for the analysis. It is thus shown that while public debate is rather oriented on changing the situation, policy documents point out reproduction tendencies. I reveal two discourses on integration – liberal and social-democratic, which correspond with two values – empowerment and excessive care. However, the analysis shows that liberal discourse contains even some elements of excessive care. This is in particular seen in passivation and objectification of the newcomers, impersonal and unequal relations in texts between those who make policy and those who are its object. The existing discourses both reflect and reproduce govermentality- and postcolonial tendencies, while the assumption about individuals’ own motives is rationalistic.},
  author       = {Nilsson, Elvira},
  keyword      = {neo-classical human capital theory,governmentality,Etableringsreform,integration,postcolonialism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Empowerment or excessive care? Discourse analysis of the debate around Swedish integration policy},
  year         = {2011},
}