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"En alldeles vanlig medelklassfamilj" - Familjeskildringar i den svenska politiska debatten

Sevedag, Vanessa LU (2012) STVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract
This thesis examines how ‘family’ is portrayed in the Swedish political debate, in parliament and in articles written by politicians. The aim is to discern dominating discourses in how the term ‘family’ is defined, by studying the politicians' use of language. This essay also studies how different families are portrayed as either good or bad and how family is depicted as an important part of people's lives as well as society.
It is evident that hegemonic discourses can be found within the Swedish political debate. Families are generally portrayed as a mother, a father and one or several children, which for instance excludes same-sex couples, single parents and families with more than two parents. It is also often assumed that a ‘normal’... (More)
This thesis examines how ‘family’ is portrayed in the Swedish political debate, in parliament and in articles written by politicians. The aim is to discern dominating discourses in how the term ‘family’ is defined, by studying the politicians' use of language. This essay also studies how different families are portrayed as either good or bad and how family is depicted as an important part of people's lives as well as society.
It is evident that hegemonic discourses can be found within the Swedish political debate. Families are generally portrayed as a mother, a father and one or several children, which for instance excludes same-sex couples, single parents and families with more than two parents. It is also often assumed that a ‘normal’ family earn their living by working. This description of an ordinary family is closely connected to how a “good” and “bad” family is portrayed. In a “good” family the parents spend time with their children, which shape harmonious children. A “bad” family is a family in which the parents do not work, or where children are exposed to violence, or an immigrant family, where violence and oppression of women are depicted as cultural phenomena. (Less)
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author
Sevedag, Vanessa LU
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course
STVK01 20121
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
svensk politik, hegemoni, Familj, diskurs, normalisering
language
Swedish
id
2542982
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2012-06-27 10:49:28
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  abstract     = {This thesis examines how ‘family’ is portrayed in the Swedish political debate, in parliament and in articles written by politicians. The aim is to discern dominating discourses in how the term ‘family’ is defined, by studying the politicians' use of language. This essay also studies how different families are portrayed as either good or bad and how family is depicted as an important part of people's lives as well as society.
It is evident that hegemonic discourses can be found within the Swedish political debate. Families are generally portrayed as a mother, a father and one or several children, which for instance excludes same-sex couples, single parents and families with more than two parents. It is also often assumed that a ‘normal’ family earn their living by working. This description of an ordinary family is closely connected to how a “good” and “bad” family is portrayed. In a “good” family the parents spend time with their children, which shape harmonious children. A “bad” family is a family in which the parents do not work, or where children are exposed to violence, or an immigrant family, where violence and oppression of women are depicted as cultural phenomena.},
  author       = {Sevedag, Vanessa},
  keyword      = {svensk politik,hegemoni,Familj,diskurs,normalisering},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"En alldeles vanlig medelklassfamilj" - Familjeskildringar i den svenska politiska debatten},
  year         = {2012},
}