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Varför gifter vi oss? En diskursanalys av äktenskapsbegreppet i svensk tidningsmedia

Mannerfalk, Sofie LU (2013) GNVK01 20122
Department of Gender Studies
Abstract
This study aims to discuss the cultural ideas concerning marriage from a critical point of view. The material investigated is newspaper articles from the year 2008 when a law proposition to introduce gay marriage was being debated. In the debate, values and definitions of what a marriage is were discussed, and I see these discussions as an example of cultural ideas about marriage. With the help of discourse theory, I then analyse how consistent and/or ambiguous definitions of marriage are in the material. Then by using the concept of nodal points, I show how the understanding of marriage rests on connotations of ideas about love, family and society. As a final discussion, I elaborate on the concept of an imagined form with a supposed... (More)
This study aims to discuss the cultural ideas concerning marriage from a critical point of view. The material investigated is newspaper articles from the year 2008 when a law proposition to introduce gay marriage was being debated. In the debate, values and definitions of what a marriage is were discussed, and I see these discussions as an example of cultural ideas about marriage. With the help of discourse theory, I then analyse how consistent and/or ambiguous definitions of marriage are in the material. Then by using the concept of nodal points, I show how the understanding of marriage rests on connotations of ideas about love, family and society. As a final discussion, I elaborate on the concept of an imagined form with a supposed content. My conclusion suggests that to maintain the idea of marriage as the most desirable form for relations between couples, a separation of form and content is not possible. When such a deconstruction is done, marriage’s hegemonic position could be renegotiated. (Less)
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author
Mannerfalk, Sofie LU
supervisor
organization
course
GNVK01 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
society, family, marriage, love, stability
language
Swedish
id
3404985
date added to LUP
2013-01-25 11:57:10
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2013-01-25 11:57:10
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  abstract     = {This study aims to discuss the cultural ideas concerning marriage from a critical point of view. The material investigated is newspaper articles from the year 2008 when a law proposition to introduce gay marriage was being debated. In the debate, values and definitions of what a marriage is were discussed, and I see these discussions as an example of cultural ideas about marriage. With the help of discourse theory, I then analyse how consistent and/or ambiguous definitions of marriage are in the material. Then by using the concept of nodal points, I show how the understanding of marriage rests on connotations of ideas about love, family and society. As a final discussion, I elaborate on the concept of an imagined form with a supposed content. My conclusion suggests that to maintain the idea of marriage as the most desirable form for relations between couples, a separation of form and content is not possible. When such a deconstruction is done, marriage’s hegemonic position could be renegotiated.},
  author       = {Mannerfalk, Sofie},
  keyword      = {society,family,marriage,love,stability},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Varför gifter vi oss? En diskursanalys av äktenskapsbegreppet i svensk tidningsmedia},
  year         = {2013},
}