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"First in the West, then elsewhere" - En diskursanalys av det svenska biståndet och den västerländska framstegstanken

Bergstedt, Sara-Stina LU (2013) STVK02 20122
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
This essay contains a study of the Swedish aid discourse. By use of the theory about historicism by Dipesh Chakrabarty I aim to find what representations are found within the discourse, and what subject positions exists about the countries who receive aid, and the countries, in this case Sweden, who give aid. Through discourse analysis and my theoretical framework containing of post-colonial theories, which I call the western thought of progress, I have looked what main themes can be found in the way the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is motivating the aid to a selected number of countries.

The main themes I have discovered are education and modernity, meaning Sweden can educate and give knowledge these... (More)
This essay contains a study of the Swedish aid discourse. By use of the theory about historicism by Dipesh Chakrabarty I aim to find what representations are found within the discourse, and what subject positions exists about the countries who receive aid, and the countries, in this case Sweden, who give aid. Through discourse analysis and my theoretical framework containing of post-colonial theories, which I call the western thought of progress, I have looked what main themes can be found in the way the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is motivating the aid to a selected number of countries.

The main themes I have discovered are education and modernity, meaning Sweden can educate and give knowledge these countries on how to organise their societies, as well as urging them to modernise their economies, civil service, and views on human rights and gender equality. The lack of market economy and/or liberal democracy creates a view of these countries as underdeveloped, as behind Sweden, who is therefore projected as progressive, educated, democratic, wealthy and developed. (Less)
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Bergstedt, Sara-Stina LU
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course
STVK02 20122
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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keywords
historicism, bistånd, utveckling, orientalism
language
Swedish
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3357804
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2013-02-05 14:33:49
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  abstract     = {This essay contains a study of the Swedish aid discourse. By use of the theory about historicism by Dipesh Chakrabarty I aim to find what representations are found within the discourse, and what subject positions exists about the countries who receive aid, and the countries, in this case Sweden, who give aid. Through discourse analysis and my theoretical framework containing of post-colonial theories, which I call the western thought of progress, I have looked what main themes can be found in the way the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is motivating the aid to a selected number of countries.

The main themes I have discovered are education and modernity, meaning Sweden can educate and give knowledge these countries on how to organise their societies, as well as urging them to modernise their economies, civil service, and views on human rights and gender equality. The lack of market economy and/or liberal democracy creates a view of these countries as underdeveloped, as behind Sweden, who is therefore projected as progressive, educated, democratic, wealthy and developed.},
  author       = {Bergstedt, Sara-Stina},
  keyword      = {historicism,bistånd,utveckling,orientalism},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {"First in the West, then elsewhere" - En diskursanalys av det svenska biståndet och den västerländska framstegstanken},
  year         = {2013},
}